Even though the summer heat can make stepping outside sweaty and miserable, that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re suffering beneath a mane of hair. Staying cool can be as easy as putting your hair in a ponytail, but why not make more of a style statement? Here are some fresh and easy options that will keep your hair up and out of the way for those inferno-like days.
Add a head wrap or scarf to a messy bun or ponytail. This will not only provide an opportunity to accessorize with a fun print or texture, it will also keep any sweat away from your face.
The upside down braided bun looks polished, yet feminine. This creative way to put hair up is perhaps the mullet of braids – business in the front, party in the back. To get this look, flip your head upside down and simply French braid from the nape of your neck to the crown of your head, and tie with an elastic. Then sweep the ponytail into a bun using another elastic and some Bobby pins to keep it in place.
If humidity makes your hair frizz, make the most of it and try a bubble ponytail. It’s a simple way to add more interest to a standard ponytail, and all you have to do to create the poufs is add three or four elastics down the length of your hair to create several sections to tug at until your reach your desired amount of volume. The teased sections both tame and embrace any potential frizziness. Plus, this look could look could translate to a relaxed boho style if done to a low ponytail or a polished look if applied to a sleek high ponytail.
Another braided ‘do that keeps hair off the face is the milkmaid braid. This traditional style has been made modern by mixing the thickness and textures of the braids. Starting at the nape of your neck, separate hair into four sections with one thick and one thin section on each side of your head. Braid each section in a standard braid (or a fishtail braid if you’re adventurous), and tie each with an elastic. Then, grab some bobby pins and begin wrapping the braids along your hairline, with a thick and thin braid on each side. Once your hair is pinned around and you’ve tucked the ends of the braids to hide them, gently pull at random sections of the braids to add more texture. The various thicknesses result in a sweet hairdo that has dimension and flair.
If you want to keep your hair down, but want it away from your face, add a pinned back braid to each side of your head. The braid could be as simple as grabbing a section of hair from near each temple and French braiding them back, or you could invert the French braid and create a more pronounced Dutch braid. For a romantic look, curl your hair first and waterfall braid each side.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the Violet Vision editor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.