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Long hair, don't care?
Not in the sweltering summer temps, when having lengthy strands can cause one to overheat!
Yep, summer is the season of sweeping locks away in cool—literally!—'dos. But if you're stuck in a style slump, we've enlisted the help two hairstylists from Los Angeles' Assembly Salon, which specializes in creating head-turning braids and ponytails, to help us recreate some of the best summer-ready hairstyles we've spotted on our fave celebs! And we've even included one down ‘do for those summer nights when you feel like letting loose.
Messy Fishtail: For an alternative to the traditional braid, you can't go wrong with a fuss-free style, like the one Kristen Stewart wore to the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.
Assembly hair guru Laura Hernandez breaks down how to steal Stewart's laid-back locks:
- Prep hair with an anti-frizz cream, like Kevin Murphy's Easy.Rider, and a texturizing product, like Kevin Murphy's Hair.Resort, to give grip to the braid and to achieve the perfect beachy texture.
- Divide hair into two large sections, parting hair straight down the middle. (Tip: For a messy, undone look, part with fingers instead of a comb.)
- Pull a thin section of hair from the outside of the left section.
- Pull the thin section of hair over the top of the left section and grasp it under the right section. (Tip: Use the same thickness for each section of the braid—the smaller the strands, the better. Pull braid tight to keep sections clean and easy to braid.)
- Keep alternating sides until you reach the bottom of the braid and then tie it off with an elastic.
- Starting at the end of your fishtail, slowly and gently start to pull strands out of the braid to achieve desired messiness.
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Pretty Ponytail: No surprise here. The woman who helped launch "The Rachel" hair craze, stepped out in one of the sleekest ponytails we've seen all year back in April.
And according to Assembly stylist Dee Eiwasian, the chic updo is pretty versatile. "This hairstyle is perfect for every hair type and face shape because you can personalize it by leaving bangs out or pulling it all back, and tease it to make it extra voluminous," she says.
Here's how to get the look:
- Spray wet hair with heat protectant, like Kevin Murphy Damage.Manager, to keep strands healthy. Blow dry hair and follow with flat iron if desired.
- Leave bangs out and pull hair back into a ponytail. (Tip: Use comb to smooth hair back into the ponytail.)
- Secure pony with a hair band.
- Take a small section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair band. Secure underneath ponytail with bobby pins.
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For a more unique ponytail, Eiwasian also gave us tips for recreating Blake Lively
's oh-so-unique style at the 2013 Met Gala.
Here's what you have to do:
- Use hair volumizing foam, like Kevin Murphy's Body Builder, to thicken hair and then blow dry
- Pull top section of hair into a medium-height ponytail. Wrap small section taken from bottom of ponytail around the hair band and secure with bobby pins underneath the ponytail.
- Create another ponytail using the middle section of your hair. Secure second ponytail along with remaining hair from first ponytail with another hair band. Obscure elastic using the same method in previous step.
- Create third ponytail using hair at nape of neck and repeat steps listed above.
- Loosen up hair between the ponytails by gently pulling on strands
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Volumized Top Bun: For a ladylike look that's just perfect for a summer wedding, try one of Lauren Conrad's go-to styles.
Here's how Eiwasian, who recommends this updo for gals with full, medium-length hair, suggests you recreate the 'do:
- Use a volumizing lotion and blow dry hair upside down for added fullness
- Put hair into a high pony and secure with a hair band.
- Wrap hair around the pony and secure with bobby pins
- Slowly and gently loosen the bun for a fuller and more undone look
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Edgy gals should take a style note from model Cara Delevingne
, whose 2013 Met Gala braid gave the appearance of partially shaved head.
Hernandez gives us the skinny on how to recreate her rebellious style:
- Prep hair that you are going to braid with an anti-frizz product to give grip to you hair to make braiding easy
- Part hair right above the arch of your brow
- Continue part all the way down to your nape
- Clip excess hair that you won't be braiding off to the side
- Starting at the part, create a small rectangular piece and separate into three pieces
- Cross the right outmost piece over the center, then add some hair to what used to be the right outmost strand (now the center).
- From the right side, cross the leftmost piece over the center then add some hair to what used to be the leftmost strand (now center)
- Continue braiding until you reach your nape
- Continue your three-strand braid until the end and secure with an elastic
- Using bobby pins secure braid under clipped hair
- Unclip hair you parted to keep a clean braid
Milkmaid Braid: For a style as sweet as it is practical, opt for a quirky updo like Jennifer Morrison's gravity-defying braids.
Though it may look a little intimidating, Hernandez's tips prove it's pretty easy to copy:
- Separate your bangs from rest of your hair
- Part remaining hair into two large sections starting down the middle
- Braid each section using the fishtail (see above) or three-strand traditional method
- Pull one braid over the top of your head to reach the other ear and secure with bobby pins
- Pull the second braid over the top of your head next to the first braid to reach the opposite ear and secure with bobby pins
- Mist hair with hairspray to give your milkmaid braid a lasting hold