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Easy Braided Hairstyles for Summer

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By Michele Meyer for Life & Beauty Weekly

This summer’s hottest hairstyle is the braid -- and not just because a cool swept-away style beats having your hair sweat-plastered to your neck. “Braids are having a moment, because there are so many different types -- and can be done yourself quickly without heat or styling tools,” says Jeanie Syfu, TRESemmé’s lead stylist. Weaving your hair is calming and therapeutic, says model stylist Matt Fugate. “I find it enhances creativity, too.”

Best of all, anyone can do it -- and if it comes out a little messy, so much the better! Here are some easy braided hairstyles that are hot this summer along with plait pro tips for mastering each style:

What: Beach Fishtail

Where: Jessica Lowndes, Downton Abbey’s Michele Dockery and Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna

How: Split shoulder-length or beyond hair into two sections. Take a little hair from the outside of one section and cross it over. Do the same with the outer strands of the other portion. Repeat. The looser the braiding, the more modern it looks. Wrap the bottom with a clear band. For a more glamorous look, start with a high ponytail. Or sneak in a hair treatment by working leave-in conditioner into towel-dried hair before braiding.

What: Side Braid

Where: Brooke Lively and Valentino’s Fall 2013 models

How: Part hair in the middle or to the far side. Pull hair to one side in a ponytail that starts at your nape. Start braiding. Pull out some tufts.

What: Braid-y Bunches

Where: Socialite Nicky Hilton at Coachella and Maria Menounos at the Oscars

How:  Pull hair tightly into pigtails just to each side of the nape, then braid. Use an elastic at the tails’ ends, then wind into a bun. For a looser version, start with a side part, with thick braids starting at the hairline on each side of the part. Add to the section as you move back and down the head behind the ears, with the braid getting looser as you descend. Roll braid into a bun at the nape of the neck.

What: Boldi-Locks

Where: Vanessa Hutchens at Coachella

How: Split hair into six small sections, then weave from the middle down. Moisten pastel hair chalk, and coat the surface of one section moving down the plait for a temporary but fun funky look, suggests Edward Tricomi, stylist and co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons.

What: Halo

Where: 20th Century artist Frida Kahlo and Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Golden Globes

How: Towel-dry hair. Create a side part and, if you can, a zigzag part. Start with two ponytails, low at the nape of your neck. Divide ponytails into three or four sections and braid to end. Loosen, then wrap around your head behind the ears and tuck hair under the braids and fasten with hair pins.

What: Boho Braids

Where: Rodarte runway Fall 2013 and on the women of Game of Thrones

How: Part hair in the center, either straight or with a zigzag. Take a small piece of hair at the temple and braid halfway before tying with an elastic. Do the same at the other temple. Join the two plaits at the back, perhaps winding one into a chignon where they meet. Or go loose, as seen at Victor & Rolf’s Fall 2014 runway: Take a section of hair just above each ear. Halfway down, weave them together twice, pin in place, and leave the rest hanging.

Michele Meyer is a freelance beauty, fashion and celeb writer for MORE, Travel + Leisure and USA WEEKEND. The former Allure and Lucky correspondent has also contributed to InStyle and Real Simple. She has previously contributed to Life & Beauty Weekly.

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Summer Hair with Sassoon Salon

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Last month I was able to spend the day getting my hair cut and colored by the expert staff at Sassoon. Lauren Boyack, was the colorist who whipped my brassy and somewhat grey blonde into shape, and Tani Cole, Senior Stylist of Sassoon South Coast Plaza was the scissor master who completed my cut. 

I needed something super simple, and easy to keep up. I do not have the type of lifestyle that would allow a major color or cut upkeep.  If it takes more than 15 min to style my hair, than I am out.  I need my color to fade beautifully, and my style to allow me to tame the frizz, and smooth the ends.  I needed a cut and color that would make that happen, and boy did these ladies deliver! 

Tani and Laurens attention to detail was outstanding. The cut and color was perfect for summer when I need something easy to maintain.  

I asked these talented ladies to share some tips with me, and here is some of their wisdom.  I highly recommend Sassoon Salons for their professionalism and talent. Thanks to these amazing ladies, I can rock some great hair for summer!

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  1. What are the top haircolor looks for Summer? Lighter for summer. Subtle ombré. Softer transition...what would happen to your hair at the beach. Looks more classic that way. Tends to be nationwide during the summer. More blondes in Southern CA vrs. Seattle.
  2. What is your favorite color to do? Blondes.
  3. Highlights or all over color? Depends on where you are starting from. It all depends on corrective color or what the hair needs. The most natural look is highlights in the front with all over color.
  4. Tips for summer hair-trends? Make sure to use products with SPF. Deep conditioning treatments once a week are essential. The current color collection was focused on panels of lighter color through the front. Very soft and wearable looks for summer.

Color used on me: tint with highlights. Brighter blonde highlights and a brighter base color for summer. Different tones of blonde. Base is butter blonde and pale blonde highlights.

Cut

Tani's tips were as follows:

  • Work a concave layer to help the hair be loose.
  • Clean up the shape and remove the weight without compromising the length.
  • When the hair is dry deconstruct the layers, and removing weight internally.
  1. Most popular cuts?: Short hair has never been so popular. Along with a cut that is easy for summer. Manageable, effortless looks. For longer hair think loose, messy, undone hair. No matter what the hair must have structure. The perfectly undone look. Loose texture and movement is the most popular. Everyone wants to lighten up with their hair.
  2. People are looking for more detail with their haircuts. Something more suited to them, their face shape. Detail around the face is essential. For summer hair needs to look good up or down. Having those options is key.
  3. An oldie but goodie is Sebastian potion 9. Great for fine or thick hair. Apply mid lengths to ends first, then left over goes on the roots.
  4. When straightening the hair, make sure to use a cream to give the hair weight. Oils are great for texture and curling/defining the hair
  5. It is good to change up your hair products from time to time. Sebastian trilliant is excellent for heat protection to coat the hair and give the hair memory. It helps he hair hold the form and have a protective layer before applying heat.
  6. For summer waves using a 1.25 barrel is key. You can wrap it around the barrel for a clampless curl as well.
  7. The detail work makes the haircut yours, and should never be ignored. It "makes it yours"  Try aggressive deconstructing texturizing technique to loosen the hair.

To follow the talented artists at Sassoon, keep up with their staff via social media:

Twitter: @sassoonsalons

Instagram: @SassoonSalonOfficial

Facebook: Facebook.com/SassoonSalon

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Get The Look: Diane Kruger at the Bridge Premire

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Celebrity hairstylist Kylee Heath worked with Diane Kruger for the premiere of FX’s “The Bridge” on Monday, July 7th. The look was an intense, and gorgeous take on a braided updo. Perfect for summer nights!  

GET THE LOOK:

  • First, I sprayed Leonor Greyl Spray Structure Naturelle from roots through ends and rough dried the hair, blowing it in all directions.
  • Then, I created a part from the top of left ear, straight over the head, to the top of the right ear.
  • I broke the section into two, creating a center part and clipped away both sections.
  • Starting at the back of the center part, I then created two partings creating a triangle section in the back.
  • The left over hair on either side of the triangle was also then clipped away leaving only the triangle section unclipped.
  • I did an inside out French braid (cornrow) on the triangle section and secured at the base of the neck with a clear rubber band.
  • Next, I took down the clipped away sections.
  • I gave the roots a light tease for volume, lightly pulled them back and created a loose French braid (over the top of the triangle sectioned cornrow).
  • Braiding the hair until only about 2 1/2 in was left, I secured with a clear rubber band and lightly loosened up the braid.
  • I finished the look with Kevin Murphy Strong Hold Hairspray  and Kevin Murphy Easy Rider .
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Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant

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Whether you love to flat iron in some chic, blow dry in some volume, or curl in some sexy, every heat styling diva needs some protection. Well style away ladies because Moroccanoil has you covered with their new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection!

The 411: This lightweight (and amazing smelling) spray, prevents hair from breakage and spilt ends, shields hair from color fading, and provides an amazing healthy shine all while allowing you to turn up the heat and rock the latest and greatest in fashionable styles. I recently purchased this product from my hairdresser per her suggestion and can honestly say I am so happy that I did!

How to Use: Per the website-

Before styling: Divide dry hair into small sections, spray 1 pump on each piece 8-10 inches away from the hair prior to using any hot styling tools.

Before blow drying: Spray Heat Styling Protection on towel-dried hair for added protection and shine.

The Result: To be honest, I totally love it! Having gone through some hair nightmares in the past, I’ve spent the last couple of years terrified of heat styling. This spray provides amazing protection, smoothes my hair shaft (putting an end to frizzies), and leaves it looking shiny and full of volume. Only one word of caution; don’t over use. As the directions say, 1 pump per strand is efficient. Spray it and then brush it through to distribute evenly. Using too much of the product will leave your hair feeling a bit gummy and weighed down, but the proper amount is styling perfection. So grab your favorite hot tool and get to work ladies. You have many of great hair days in your future with this little bottle by your side! 

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Kate Middleton Hair Tutorial

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Kate Middleton's famous half up hairstyle: "It is very easy, practical and should take less than 10 minutes to complete," explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Natalia Simmons. "The great thing about it is that it can work on many hair types, lengths, and styles. You can keep it straight, or try it with curly hair. However you do it, I hope you give this Kate Middleton hair tutorial a try. Enjoy having princess hair for a day!"

  • It’s best to start with mostly straight smooth hair, but a bit of curl at the bottom. This seems to be a favorite look of Kate’s.
  • Then tease your hair at the crown and back a bit, but not all the way to the nape of the neck, just at the top.
  • Create a mini bouffant, like a mini snooki poof, but just at the crown of your head, leaving out the front. Secure with two bobby pins going straight across.
  • Start on one side, it doesn’t matter which, and take the front section of hair that you had left out. Pull it back and across, twisting at the end. Secure on the far side of the half up.
  • Repeat step 3 but with the remaining side securing on the opposite side as well.
    going back to the side you started with, take a section of hair from under the first section and pull over and across, lightly twisting as you go. Secure with a bobby pin on the far side, so the hair is brought all the way over.
  • Repeat step 5 with the other side.

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Voila! You’re done! You can fluff a little, smooth it out or add some hair pins to make sure there are no bald spots showing, but other than that, you’re done!

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7 Steps to Getting Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Timeless Hairstyle

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Celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager worked with Jenna Dewan-Tatum for the Los Angeles premiere of “ 22 Jump Street" on Tuesday, June 10th. Jenna's gorgeous look is complemented by her effortless hairstyle. To get Jenna's hair, follow 7 simple steps! 

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Agadir Argan Oil Hair Care

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agadirarganoilOur hair is constantly abused and exposed to the elements, but rarely do we take the same care to nourish and protect it like we do our skin. The discovery of Argan Oil now gives us the chance to undo the damage and start truly caring for our hair. I've fallen for Agadir International's incredible line of Argan Oil infused hair care products and my hair has never looked better.

I'm fairly picky about hair products as many tend to either dry out my hair or make it oily. Yet, the Argan Oil leave-in conditioners did not turn my hair into a greasy mess. Perfection! What I love most about Agadir International's line is each product is carefully formulated to provide the right amount of moisture while repairing each damaged strand.

Imagine treating your hair to natural antioxidants, healing Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and carotenes that nourish, repair and protect against future damage. Sounds great right? If other products have left you less than impressed, give Agadir's daily shampoos and conditioners a try. They're great for all hair types, included color treated. If you'd rather start smaller, I recommend starting off with their hair treatments or shields just to see how badly your hair craves the special attention.

Everything you need to wash, treat, repair and even style your hair is available complete with Argan Oil. Most products start around $20, but it's far less than you'd pay for salon treatments. After you see what your hair should look and feel like, you'll realize these products are priceless.

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!

 

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