Instead of putting hair in a traditional ponytail to keep it out of the way this summer, our beauty contributor, Caylee Ashwell, is highlighting eight alternative updo styles that are trendy, fun and perfect for this warm weather season.
Long hair in the summer can be a mess—a very hot, sweaty mess, that is! In case you’re tired of throwing your hair in a ponytail, we’ve rounded up our eight fave summer updos to get your hair up and out of the way this season.
Bandana/Scarf Bun: Add a silky scarf to your topknot and you’re instantly summer chic. Buy a cool one at a vintage store or cut a long strip of an old shirt or dress to use as the wrap tie. Image via A Beautiful Mess.
J.Crew Rainbow Gingham Bandana ($22.50)
Slick Middle Part Pony: The key to executing the sleek ponytail is a great hairspray (Amika, $24) and a powerful flatiron (GHS, $149). Part hair down the middle and straighten out any kinks or curls with the iron. Then hairspray and comb into a tight low ponytail. Image via Madame Figaro.
Eva NYC Mini Flat Iron ($29)
Upside Down French Braid: If you’re a master at the French (or Dutch!) braid, this is an easy way to add some flair to your hair. You can braid into a topknot, a messy bun or a simple ponytail. See the step-by-step tutorial here.
Ponytail + Baseball Hat: Your summer Sunday morning uniform should include a baseball hat and a no-fuss ponytail. These cute, simple styles from The Style Club ($22) match with anything from jean shorts and a bikini top to your post-Pilates activewear.
Twisted Milkmaid Braids: This is our ideal style for a hot summer wedding. These wrap-around braids keep your hair off your neck and look equal parts sophisticated and bohemian. Learn how to copy the style here. Photo via New Darlings.
Genie Bobby Pin Set ($14.95)
Pigtails: This is the style of choice for a hot summer afternoon outside! After adding some tousled waves to your hair, tie each side of your hair into a ponytail with a clear elastic. On each side, repeat this process: flip the pigtail up and over the elastic and through itself. Once you pull the tail through, tighten it up a bit. Then, an inch or two down, add another clear elastic and repeat the same process. Keep repeating until you get to the end of the pigtail. Add a hat for an extra-cute touch. Image found here.
Messy Fishtail: The fishtail works best when the hair is dirty, so save this style for day two or three and keep the dry shampoo/texturizing spray at the ready. Our pick is Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Dryspun Finish ($21). Learn how to complete the fishtail braid here.
Braid to Bun: We love this style thanks to the OG hair girl, Amber Fillerup. This works best on long hair, so if you want to really get the look, check out her line of extensions, Barefoot Blonde Hair. See her full tutorial here.
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