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Escape the Heat: Summer Styles for Long Hair

The hot, sultry, summer months can be great for certain types of long hair – the heat and humidity give it just the right amount of curl and lift. For other types, however, the heat can dry out, flatten, and frizz out hair. To make things worse, many women find heat styling in the summer to be almost unbearable, especially with long hair. Give your hair a break with these top summer hair trends that will allow you to beat the heat and look hot at the same time.

The Nape Knot

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Messy Bun

Take last season’s topknot and move it down about six inches to the nape of your neck. This is the hottest way to wear this lasting trend with effortless elegance. Smooth bangs to the side, or pin them back to keep them off your forehead. Part your hair on the side or in the middle, and smooth your remaining hair back. If you need some extra volume, consider using a sock bun method, or add in a hairpiece to keep your bun healthy and voluminous. Secure with pins and spray fly-aways.

Braided Goddess

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Gorgeous Braids

Braids are still in, but don’t get all Laura Ingalls Wilder on us. Choose a modern look with fishtail braids, or one long braid wrapped around your head. Choose loose, effortless and chic over tight french braids. If you’d like, wrap your braid into a loose bun at the back or nape of your neck for a twist. Asymmetry can be the name of the game if you dare try it – twist a braid around your head, shaping it to frame your face. Imperfection is the key to this updated look.

Up, Up, and Away

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Messy Hairstyle

If you want to try something new or are looking for a style that will turn heads, consider taking sections of your hair and twisting and pinning it back in a messy style. Again, imperfection is the key to this fun, flirty look. Tie a bright scarf around your head like a headband and don your cutest sunglasses. Messy buns are still chic. They key to achieving the effortless drape is to skip the ponytail when forming your bun. Sweep your hair up and back with your hands, as if you’re going to put it in a ponytail, and twist it up into a bun on its own. Grab some bobby pins, and pin it down, adjusting as you go to just the right amount of loose, beautiful style.