Keeping your hair sleek in humid, balmy temps is no easy feat. Rather than reverting to a messy old standby (we’re looking at you just-rolled-out-of-bed bun), try one of these low-maintenance updos that are tailored to work with your specific hair type – from short strands to thick curls.
The Updo: Side Chignon
The Hair Type: Wavy
For a goofproof style, pull your tousled locks into a low and loose chignon. This breezy ‘do requires little effort and works perfectly with your natural texture. Follow these steps to get the look:
Step 1. To prevent frizz and flyways, spritz Nick Chavez Plump N’Thick® Leave-In Thickening Mist into your roots. The heroic styler boosts volume and texture without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Step 2. Next, pull your hair into a low, side ponytail and smooth flyaways with a densely bristled brush.
Step 3. Divide your ponytail into two sections. Holding the two sections, tie a loose knot.
Step 4. Wrap one side around to the right and stick a hair pin in to hold. Repeat on the left side and secure with another pin.
Step 5. Spritz on a frizz-taming protective spray like Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. Infused with vitamins to increase shine, this style-preserving spray will keep your pony sleek despite the heat.
The Updo: Crown Braid
The Hair Type: Short
If you thought braids were reserved for gals with Rapunzel-like locks, think again. This crown braid adds instant glamour to pixi-length hair and keeps sweaty, stray strands out of the way on sweltering summer days. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1. Using a fine-toothed comb create a deep side part.
Step 3. Grab a small section of hair right along your hair line and carefully separate it into three smaller sections, creating a classic French braid.
Step 4. Here’s the secret sauce: Pull sections of hair from along your hairline into the braid.
Step 5. Once the braid reaches right behind your ear, secure your chic plait with few hair grips.
Step 6. Finish with a light hair spray like Montibel.lo HDS Flexible Hold Finishing Spray, which also protects against UVA and UVB damage.
The Updo: Low Twists
The Hair Type: Curly
Don’t fight your spirals when tying them back! Work with them by trying this romantic coiled style that embraces your unruly ringlets. Here’s how:
Step 1. Post-shower, prep your hair with Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Defense to detangle and protect your strands from any damage caused from heat styling.
Step 2. Let your hair air dry and work a curl-plumping cream into your coils to nix frizz and boost shine.
Step 3. Twist and pin 2-3 inch sections of hair, starting at the front of your head and working your way back towards the base of it. Wrap them around one another and secure loose mini buns with hair grips.
Step 4. Finish with a healthy dose of Number 4™ Non-Aerosol Hair Spray to keep your twisty ‘do in place all day.
– Ally-Marie Corliss
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