Super-Sexy Summer Hairstyles You Need to Try
If you ask us, there’s no better season than summer to freshen up your look—and a sexy new hairstyle is the perfect way to start. Need inspiration? Look no further than the red carpet.
Thanks to some helpful hints from Jessica Alba’s hairstylist, we now know our blowouts can remain flawless in peak humidity. Want to look chic without the fuss? Learn how simple it is to recreate Lea Michele’sflirty braid or Rihanna’s carefree curls, with advice from their pros.
RIHANNA’S SIDE-PARTED CURLS
Rihanna’s carefree ringlets, which appear to have been effortlessly tossed to one side, are just as easy to recreate as the low-key vibe they give off. Her hairstylist Ursula Stephen began by misting a sea salt spray over her strands to bring out her natural texture—if your hair is already curly, we recommend an oil-infused version like Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion as traditional salt sprays can be drying. Stephen followed by pulling back one side, then anchored it underneath with a few bobby pins. As a finishing touch, a veil of Motions Light Hold Working Spritz for locations) added a humidity-proof barrier.
VICTORIA BECKHAM’S WINDSWEPT UPDO
Is your already-straightened hair in need of some extra oomph? Follow in the lead of Victoria Beckham, who opted for an easy chignon that was anything but over-coiffed. On her dry strands, the star’s hairstylist Ken Paves applied a mist of the You Are Beautiful Volumizing Spray for extra lift, then smoothed over her layers with a round brush and dryer. After finishing a section, he would wrap each layer around a velcro roller to set, then went over her head with a layer of the You Are Beautiful Flexible Hold Hairspray which locked in the shape. Once her hair had set, Paves unwound the rollers, then pinned her layers into a bun shape on the crown, allowing a few wispy strands to fall around the face.
NATHALIE EMMANUEL’S VOLUMINOUS RINGLETS
When you have stunning natural curls like Nathalie Emmanuel’s, not much is required to bring out the already-gorgeous texture. Her hairstylist Neeko concentrated a small amount of R+Co’s Jackpot Styling Creme around the base, then used wrap lotion on her ends for extra definition. Over areas that needed a little extra love, he used a small 1/4 inch curling iron to impart a structured shape. After a blast of R+Co’s Death Valley Dry Shampoo at the roots, and an all-over mist of the Outer Space Hairspray , she was ready to hit the red carpet!
BEYONCE’S HIGH PONYTAIL
Though Beyonce’s I Dream of Jeannie-esque updo, which she wore to the Met Gala, may be a little avant-garde for everyday wear, a sleek, high pony in the spirit of Queen Bey’s is an easy way to give an otherwise basic ensemble some high fashion flair. To determine placement, follow the natural line of your cheekbone as you gather your hair at your crown, or aim a little higher if you’re unsure. Anchor into place with a hair elastic, then pull out a small section to wrap around the base of the style, tucking the ends into the ponytail holder.
JOAN SMALLS’ BRAIDED HALF-UPDO
We’ve all had one of those rushed moments where we’re forced to leave the house with wet hair, but with a half-up style like Joan Smalls’, you can simply pin it back and let the summer air do the rest. On damp hair, create a precise center part, and run a styling mousse like John Freida’s Air Dry Waves Styling Foam through your lengths. Then, grab two small sections on either side of the head, just above the ear, and begin twisting each into a plait. Pin both braids at the back of your head with bobby pins positioned into an X-shape to finish, and let the arid temps outside act as a natural blow-dryer.
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