It's no surprise that beauty regimes must change with the seasons. Weather is an important factor that should be taken into consideration when planning your hair and makeup. Summer makeup is simple, as a more natural look is often flattering under bright natural light, but hair styles are more fickle. Harsh rays, increased humidity, and warm weather can take their toll on normally manageable hair. Because of this, harshly straightened or fiercely styled locks can often run awry with just a hint of warm weather. Fear not, because some of the most stylish styles of the season are both easy and summer weather-friendly. Here are a few of the best options for easy summer hair styles:
A bun is a perfect choice for summer as it can easily transfer from day to evening. Whether it be a loose and teased pile, such as Blake Lively's (above, left) or a clean and polished knot, like Elle Fanning's (above, right), a bun is a versatile and chic way to keep your hair off your face without sacrificing style. Texture is your best friend in the summer months, especially when you're wearing a bun as limp, lifeless hair is only made worse by humidity. If your hair doesn't have natural texture, don't be afraid to style it before putting it up. Teasing around the crown of your head can add some much needed lift and it makes your bun look strategic, rather than a style of convenience.
The most popular ponytail this season has been slicked back and polished but during the day, that look can be too harsh to pair with shorts and a t-shirt. For a more relaxed look, take a cue from Kirsten Dunst (above, left), whose lightly textured pony is both casual and chic. For added texture, apply product to your hair when it's down before sweeping it up. This not only results in a more lively ponytail, but it creates texture on top. Don't be afraid to let a few locks frame your face. Another tried and true style for summer is half-up/half-down, as seen on Jessica Alba. Unfortunately for me, this style always brings back bad memories of my childhood when the top half of my head would be pulled tight in a topsy-tail or braid. For a more grown up version, don't take too much hair from around the front. Consider it more a quarters-up/three-quarters-down style.
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