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6 No-Fuss Summer Hairstyles

No-Fuss Summer Styles

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With a heat wave in parts of the country and temps climbing into triple digits, no doubt, summer is here! But before you toss your hair back into that plain old ponytail, there are more stylish ways to stay cool.

Demi Lovato’s super-slick high pony is easy to copy, or try the chic side braid that’s been heating up all the red carpets. We asked top stylists to share the simple, sweat-proof styles they’re loving right now. Read on to see how you can get their favorite looks at home.

Shapely Bun

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Nicole Richie has been rocking the ballerina bun from NY to Paris and everywhere in between. Perfectly polished or messy, this ‘do is always in style and a chic way to keep all your hair off your face and neck.

How to get the look:

1. Pull hair back into a smooth ponytail using a brush or a fine-tooth comb.

2. Place your ponytail in the position you want your bun to be, (high, middle, low, or side). Ponytails work best on “second day hair,” but if your hair is clean and fresh start by applying a small amount of Free Your Mane Restorative Hair Oil to smooth and add brilliant shine. 

 3. If your goal is a perfect ballerina bun, purchase a bun maker to use as a form, or make one yourself by cutting the foot out of a clean sock and rolling it on itself into a donut.

4. Pull your ponytail through the hole. Then secure your bun and any loose hair with bobby or hairpins. Make sure your pins match your hair color for a seamless finish. 

5. Once bun is set apply conditioning pomade to your edges or flyaways for extra hold. 

If you want something whimsical, you can twist your own ponytail around itself and tuck the ends under the bun. It usually takes four pins spaced equally to keep the bun in place. Wear a headband to change your look and add that extra “wow” factor.

Instructions by: Dede Ford, Free Your Mane's Brand Hairstylist

Beachy Waves

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Don’t let the sticky salt water cramp your style this summer! You can get that laid back, free spirit, surfer-girl look like Queen of California-Chic Jennifer Aniston both on and off the beach. 

How to get the look:

1. Start by rubbing a dime size amount of the Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste, 5.1 Ounce $3.50 between your palms and apply to slightly damp hair. 

2. Rough-dry hair upside down while scrunching individual sections. 

3. Once you are satisfied with your waves, secure your matte beach look with TIGI Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray Hair Spray, $15.21. 

4. If you find that frizz is often an issue with your hair, finish the look up with a few spritzes of L'Oreal Paris’ EverSleek Frizz Taming Crème Serum, 1.9-Fluid Ounce $7.19.

Instructions by: The Beauty Team

The Perfect pony

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The summer pony is a classic—and when done right, can be chic too! But don’t think cheerleader, think superstar. Do like J-Lo does and take it higher!

How to get the look:

1. Start by brushing all of the hair to make it smooth and take out any knots.

2. Start pulling the hair towards the top of your head with the brush, taking back section by section. The higher the pony, the more fun!

3. Wrap the elastic around the base of the pony to secure it and lock in placement. Be sure to pull it on both sides to keep it in place for the night.

4. If your hair starts to get frizzy, you can twist the hair and wrap it around the base of the pony by the elastic for a quick and easy bun!

Instructions by: Andrew Fitzsimons

A Side Braid

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No doubt, it’s the year of the side braid! Diane Kruger is just one of dozens of celebs who have sported the look. And it’s easier to do than you think!

How to get the look:

1. Start out by sectioning the hair; use a clip to secure the crown of your hair, leaving the front and back length out only. (For those of you who don’t know what the crown is, place your hand directly on the top of your head, you are now touching your crown).

2. Spray the hair with a workable hairspray and quickly curl all the hair, wrapping each section away from your face. The bigger the section the looser the curl will be. The smaller the section will give you tighter curl.

3. After you have curled your first perimeter section, split your crown section into two and curl the back section, leaving the other section secure and out of the way with a clip. Spray a light amount of working spray and continue to curl the hair. Each section should be in the iron for about 10 seconds. After you’ve curled the back section, curl your last section using the same method. Make sure you use a small amount of working spray; if you use too much, the hair will become sticky.

4. Now that you have curled the entire head, grab a rat-tail comb and tease just the crown of your head area. Spray a small amount of shine spray on your fingers and begin to brush through your curls. Make sure you start at the ends and work your way up.

5. This is where it gets tricky; it is time for the braid. When choosing a side, do what feels most comfortable or have the braid on the side where your part would have the most hair. Brush your hairline in the direction your braid will be placed with your fingers.

6. Start with three sections and begin to braid your hair until you reach the ends. Secure your braid with an elastic. If some of the hair has come out of the braid or if it looks a bit messy, that’s okay—this look is supposed to look carefree. As a final detail, take a very small piece of hair and wrap it around the elastic for a more polished look.

Instructions by: Anthony Pazos, Celebrity Hairstylist for Ashley Greene and Leighton Meester and star of WE TV’s L.A. Hair

Fishtail Braid

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Blake Lively knows the fishtail is a fun alternative to a regular braid. Plus, the messier the better!

How to get the look:

1. Start by dividing strands into two.Then, take a small section of hair from the left section and cross it over to join the right section.

2. Next, take a small section of hair from the right section and cross it over to join the left section.

3. Continue that same pattern until you get to the ends, and then secure strands with a rubber band. Remember, the smaller sections of hair you take, the more exotic your fishtail will look.

4. After your fun in the sun, let your locks loose and rock beach boho waves. To tame fly aways and manage frizz, apply a touch of shine serum. You can also add texture to the waves with a spritz of sea salt spray.

Instructions by: Kim Vo, Master Colorist to Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, and Pamela Anderson

Loose Waves

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Loose waves that look like you didn’t try ‘too hard’ a la Christina Perri are always a light but right summer look.

How to get the look:

1. Apply two tennis ball size amounts of mouse to damp hair from root to ends if you have medium thick to fine hair. Osis Grip mousse is a great one because it doesn’t get sticky or hard like some mousses.

2. After applying mouse to damp hair, dry using a paddle or vent brush to remove most of the moisture.

3. Next, divide hair into 4 or 5 sections and use a large round brush to finish drying each section. You don’t have to get it completely smooth or straight.

4. Using a large curling iron (1” or 1 1/2” barrel), take large sections of hair and curl the sections away from your face on both sides and around to the back. Be sure to get the ends smooth with a little bend but not too curly. You want to keep the style feeling loose.

5. Once you have finished, run the curling brush through the entire style to soften the curls. The goal is to have soft waves, not ringlet curls.

6. Add a little shine and smooth flyaways using a shine cream (We love Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel cream). Use sparingly! You don’t want to weigh your hair down with too much product.

7. Next, take a deep side parting over the high point of your eyebrow, smooth hair over to one side, and pin into place, allowing the rest of the hair to fall over, hiding the pin.

8. Finish using a light hair spray like Osis Elastic flexible spray

Instructions by: Tyler Colton, Celebrity Hairstylist to Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, and Ashton Kutcher