Let’s face it–it’s hot out lately. The kind of hot where just thinking about blow-drying your hair or using your curling iron makes you sweat. Blowing hot hair at our heads when even the air conditioning isn’t doing the trick seems like some form of self-torture, so why not skip the heat tools all together, ladies? Besides, skipping a blow dry or a flat iron from time to time gives your hair a break from the damage. If you’re weary of what air-dried hair may look like for you, try some of these tips:
1. Rub a bit of Moroccanoil or argan oil into your palms and slide them down your hair to help seal the cuticle and keep your hair looking silky and shiny. Try to apply the oil from the ears down, since oil applied on the scalp may cause greasy hair.
2. Braid wet hair and sleep on it overnight. Braiding your hair will help keep your strands in tact, and even offer some pretty waves for the next morning.
3. Ditch the towel and instead, dry your hair with an old tee-shirt. This is much more gentle on your locks and won’t cause as much damage as rubbing (eek!) with a towel. Do yourself a favor and never “rub” your hair dry–this causes so much unnecessary damage and breakage.
4. Once your hair is mostly slightly damp, roll small sections up into Velcro rollers by rolling the hair under instead of up. Velcro rollers are a secret weapon every girl should have in her arsenal of hair products since they really help create big, va-va-voom, smooth curls.
Now onto the styles. Braids and buns will be your best friends in the summer time, and they’re super easy to execute. Check out some of these cute styles, sans heat:
Fishtails are a great way to make your friends think you’re some kind of hair-styling connoisseur without even trying too hard. The key to this look is to separate your hair into two sections. Bring a small section from the far right side of the right section up and over and behind the left section. Next, repeat this same action using a small section from the far left side of the left section. The idea is to keep pulling far pieces up, over, and under, alternating sides each time. Below is a diagram to provide a visual:
Double French Braid Bun
For this look, part your hair either in the middle or on the side, and french braid each side in small one inch sections all the way down to the ends of the hair. When you’re finished with one side, hold the braid in place with a hair tie and braid the other. Release the hair tie from the first braid, bring the braids together, and gather the rest of the hair at the nape of your neck and put your hair in a messy bun. Secure the bun with a hair tie, and bobby pin pieces as necessary. You really can’t go wrong with a messy bun, and the messier the better!
French Braid into a Side Bun
This look is similar to the previous style, except instead of french braiding each side, part you hair on the side and french braid the side with more hair all the way down the side of your head and into the back of your neck. Once the braid is complete, gather the rest of your hair, bring it up just below the ear opposite the braid, and create a messy bun. Secure with a hair tie. Pull out a few face-framing pieces on the opposite side of the braid for a more “un-done” look.
Basic Top Knot
Gather all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Your hair doesn’t need to be pulled back tight, since the idea here is to keep things a little messy. Once the ponytail is complete, twist the ponytail all the way down to the end of the hair and wrap the twist into a coil on top of the hair tie. Pin with bobby pins, and pull apart at the bun until you have the perfectly messy chignon. When you’re done, pull out a few face-framing hairs, and voilà!