When you don’t have time to dry your hair after the gym, try one of these easy yet polished looks
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Kendall Ong of Mane Attraction Salon in Phoenix shares the secrets to keep natural curls frizz-free as they go from wet to dry.
Step 1: After shampooing, work a lightweight moisturizing conditioner (regular or leave-in formulas both work) into your hair, then use a large tooth comb to remove any tangles.
Step 2: Scrunch with your hands to enhance your natural curl.
Step 3: Clip a bobby pin or barrette behind your ear for a fun, trendy side-swept style.
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This look is easier to create than you may think. Use the steps below from Kevin Gatto, stylist and owner of Verde Salon in Collingswood, NJ, who says that if you take the braid out once your hair is dry, you’ll have a wavy ponytail.
Step 1: Work a leave-in conditioner or styling cream into hair and gather into a low ponytail on the side or in the back. Split the pony into two even sections and hold each half in one hand with your thumbs facing each other.
Step 2: With your forefinger, pull a quarter-inch wide section of hair from the outside of the left section and bring it to the right side, crossing in front and then weaving it under that section.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 on the right side and continue to work back and forth until you reach the bottom of the braid, and secure with an elastic.
Photo: Verde Salon
Messy Low Bun
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There’s a reason the low bun sticks around for centuries: It’s easy, elegant, and looks put-together with minimal effort if you follow Ong’s two-step process.
Step 1: Apply a volumizing product throughout your hair and use your fingers to loosely brush it off your face, gathering it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Secure with an elastic.
Step 2: Take the ends of your hair and twist. Tuck under the elastic and pin in place.
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Bunheads aren’t just for ballerinas. Mirza Batanovic, Eufora international global educator and stylist, describes how to pull off this high-society style in no time.
Step 1: Gather hair high on your head as if you were putting it into a ponytail.
Step 2: Twist the entire pony in circles around your pointer finger until your hair coils around itself, then continue twisting in a circular motion around the base to create a bun.
Step 3: Secure the bun with bobby pins instead of a rubber band to avoid creases in your hair.
Side Part Ponytail
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Leave the top-of-the-head tails for children and cheerleaders and try Ong’s tricks for creating a chic, sleek ponytail.
Step 1: Starting at the corner of your eye and combing straight back, create a side part using the first tooth of a comb.
Step 2: Pull hair into a ponytail. (To keep it nice and tight, look up as you do this.) Take a small section of hair out from the ponytail and use an elastic to secure the rest.
Step 3: Take the section, twist or braid it, and then wind it around the elastic to hide it. Pin under the ponytail and set with a generous spritz of medium hold non-aerosol hairspray.