While some parts of the country have been lucky enough to ease into summer with a touch of spring still lingering in the air, the rest of the country has already begun to feel the sting of hot temperatures and hair devastating humidity! So what’s a girl to do? When it comes to summer styles, it’s best to keep it simple and classic.
These are five of our favorite summer styles that require minimum fuss and minimum products to achieve.
Get your lob on! While many women gasp at the thought of trimming their mane into a traditional bob, the lob (or long bob), gives women a free spirited style without feeling too drastic. Best part of the lob is that most women find a natural wave or texture magically appears with this cut. See your stylist for the perfect length (and layers as applicable) and then apply a styling cream for that tousled bed head look.
Take it to the side! While a traditional braid may seem a bit juvenile or undone for the average beauty, a side braid suggests sophistication with a hint of playfulness.
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.
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!
Fight Frizz Before It Starts
By Emily Kate Warren for Life & Beauty Weekly
Does the following scenario sound familiar? Each morning, you spend a few minutes fixing your hair, and that’s about all the time you have for it. As soon as you walk out the door, it frizzes into a poofy mess, at which point it’s back into a ponytail — again. The next week, you try yet another anti-frizz product, and the cycle starts all over.
The problem, however, may not rest with your products or styling techniques. Truthfully, the battle to combat frizz really starts before you do your styling.
Check out these simple, anti-frizz strategies that even busy people can squeeze into a hectic day. Try a few (or all!), and you’ll soon notice more good hair days than ever before.
Brush before you shampoo Use a paddle brush to detangle strands prior to getting in the shower. By taking care of knots and snarls ahead of time, your shampoo and conditioner can distribute more evenly, keeping strands healthy and moisturized from root to tip, says New York City stylist Kerrie Urban.
Give coarse and curly hair a double dose of conditioner Textured strands are naturally drier and never get enough hydration. Their outer layer — called the cuticle — is more likely to be lifted up, allowing moisture to escape. (On smooth, shiny hair, the cuticle lies flat like fish scales.) Solution: Give hair a quick conditioning treatment before your morning shower. Turn on the faucet and let the bathroom steam up, then apply your usual conditioner to dry hair. The steam will help soften the cuticle so hair can better absorb the moisturizing ingredients. Give the conditioner a minute or two to soak in, then hop in the shower and rinse. Next, shampoo and condition again as usual, says Mark Garrison, owner of the Mark Garrison salon in New York City. You’ll notice later in the day that hair feels softer and resists frizz better.
Shampoo for smoothness When lathering up, it’s tempting to just pile all your hair on top of your head and scrub willy-nilly. Big mistake, says Urban: You can create tangles and lift the hair’s cuticle, leading to frizz later. Instead, use your fingertips to gently lather up at your roots first. That’s where hair gets oiliest and usually needs washing the most. Work the lather down the hair shafts, softly rubbing until you get to the tips, then rinse.
Comb in conditioner Hair tips are the oldest part of strands. They’re also the driest and most in need of conditioner. So, when applying conditioner, instead of putting it all on one spot at your roots, rub it between your palms and start applying it from the ends up. Once you’ve distributed it through hair, use a wide-tooth comb to gently work out any tangles. By smoothing strands in the shower, you’ll deal with fewer tangles — and eventually frizz — when you get out, says Garrison.
Save some moisture If your hair is very curly or thick, don’t completely rinse out all the conditioner. A hint of leftover will work almost like a leave-in. It helps give thick, frizz-prone strands a little needed weight to keep them from poofing up, says Garrison. Make sure you rinse until your hair no longer feels slippery but not for so long that it feels squeaky clean.
Rinse with cool water Right before you leave the shower, turn the faucet so the water runs cool and give hair a quick rinse, suggests Urban. The cold constricts your hair’s cuticle, causing it to lie flat. This seals in moisture and keeps frizz and tangles at bay. A flat cuticle also allows light to bounce off evenly, so hair will look shinier too.
Be gentle when towel drying After showering, most people grab a towel and vigorously rub hair dry. This tends to roughen up the cuticle, essentially opening the door to frizz and undoing all previous efforts to smooth strands. Instead, squeeze water out of hair and gently blot strands with a towel to absorb the excess water, says Garrison. A super-absorbent towel makes the job quick and is easy on tresses.
Next, continue with your styling routine as usual. After you’re done, try to keep from touching or twirling hair. Your fingers can also disrupt the cuticle, allowing frizz-triggering humidity to get in.
Want the inside scoop on Zooey Deschanel’s look last night at the Emmy’s? See below for how her stylist, Mara Roszak, achieved her frizz-free look in that LA heat!
Get Zooey Deschanel’s Glamorous Old Hollywood Updo
Stylist Mara Roszak used Zooey’s dress as inspiration for the elegant, Old Hollywood updo she created. “We both decided her hair should be up and off the neck,” Roszack said, “keeping the hair soft, feminine and elegant.