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Easy Braid Hairstyles for Summer 2014

Braid Hairstyles

4 Chic Braid Hairstyles

Summer is the time for fun and carefree hairstyles. You don’t want to spend any more time than necessary in getting your hair ready for the day. Wouldn’t you rather spend that time on the beach, playing volleyball, or on a road trip with your friends? Braids are the quintessential hairstyle for busy women who don’t want to sacrifice style.

The braid trend continues this year and are as hot as ever. Braids are a natural go-to look for women with long or medium-length hair, and that’s especially true now, in the heat of the summer.  Braid hairstyles with an undone effect, or those that are a little messy, are perfect for hot days and sultry nights.  Here are 4 simple braid hairstyles that even those who claim to lack braiding skills, will be able to pull off like the pro’s.

 

Casual Side Swept Braided Hair

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is the perfect choice for women who like to wear at least some of their hair down. For a dramatic effect, start with a deep side part. Take a 1 to 2 inch sections of hair and do a normal 3 strand braid from roots to ends, and tie with an elastic. Or, do a French braid starting at the temple and ending at the nape. You can either softly curl the rest of your hair, or scrunch in texture spray for an undone, messy look. Use a couple of pins to secure the braid underneath.

 

Braided Headband

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is a braided hairstyle that has become popular with celebrities and runway models. This braid can look chic enough for red carpet events, or casual enough to be worn at any summer soiree. Take a 1 to 2 inch section of hair from behind one ear and do a simple 3 strand braid from the roots to the ends, tying it with an elastic.  Sweep the braid up and over to the opposite side using Bobby pins to secure it at the nape.

 

Simple Braided Ponytail

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

Of all these simple braid hairstyles, this one is my favorite!  It looks super feminine, it’s easy to do, and showcases those big baby blues. Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail. For a sleek lo0k, smooth hair back using a boar bristle brush or a fine tooth comb. For a more casual look, use fingers to comb hair up and back into a high pony.  Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band. Secure it underneath with pins. Do a 3 strand braid from the ponytail and secure the ends  with an elastic band. For a finished look, mist and smooth with a shine spray.

 

One Simple Braided Strand 

Braid Hairstyles

This braided hairstyle has a quiet sense of elegance and again, it’s quick and easy to do.  Do a simple 3 strand braid with a 1 to 2-inch section of hair starting close to the crown and working your way to the ends. You can opt to braid more than one section of hair if you like; your choice.  Adding more than one braid changes the mystique of this look, but that’s the beauty of it . . . you can change it up, you have options with braids!

What type of braid do you like to wear during summer time?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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6 Vacation Hairstyles to Survive a Summer Road Trip

Vacation Hairstyles

6 Smart Vacation Hairstyle Strategies

Road trips and travel plans are quite hectic during summer. You want to take advantage of the weather and time off from work or school in order to experience a new adventure with friends or family. You spend a lot of time planning every aspect of your road trip or travel to ensure that you can have a fun time. Picking a hairstyle for a long summer road trip should be hinged on three factors: 1) style, 2) comfort and convenience, and 3) ability to cope with the heat. Thankfully, you do not have to spend hours trying to decide what hairstyle works best for your impending travel. We’ve showcased the most effortlessly beautiful hairstyles that take only a few minutes to do.

Headband Braid

Vacation Hairstyles

There is no better combination of chic hairstyle and comfort than going for a headband braid for those long hours in transit. It is also a good option for women who like to keep their hair down, but wanted to keep the bangs out of the way. This trendy plait works on all face shapes, too. Meanwhile, there is a certain playful touch associated with this hairstyle.

Knot It Up

Vacation Hairstyles

A top knot will never go out of style because it serves a lot of purpose. Evidently, it is one of the best hairstyles for keeping hair off of your face. Hence, it is not only a trendy look but also highly functional. The best thing about wearing a top knot is that it is one of the most forgiving hairstyles around – there is no right or wrong way to wear it. And don’t even get me started on how simple it is to make your own top knot…

Pigtail Braid

Vacation Hairstyles

Another functional hairstyle for your summer road trip is a pigtail braid. The fact that it parts your hair into two sides provides comfort to the back of your neck during hot summer days. Meanwhile, securing them into a braid helps to ensure that you won’t have to deal with frizziness caused by the humid weather. This is also a fantastic hairstyle if you like to wear hats as it does not get in the way.

Loose, Messy Ponytail

Vacation Hairstyles

A ponytail is the go-to hairstyle for women on-the-go. But for your summer road trips, add some spice and sass to your look by going for a slightly undone look to your ponytail. Add lots of volume with teasing and spritzing some volumizing mousse into your hair before gathering them into a ponytail. You can also pull out small sections of hair along the side of your face to create a framing effect. If you’re looking for some sexy ponytail ideas Barb has a great DIY how to in her article Cute Ponytail Ideas.

Short ‘Do

Vacation Hairstyles

Short hair is the hot trend for summer 2014. Why don’t you use this excuse to go for a short ‘do, especially if you have considered chopping off your locks for some time now? A short haircut like a bob or pixie is also ideal during summer road trips because you don’t have to worry about staying hot and having to keep your strands in line. It is carefree without losing its chic vibe.

Beach Waves

Vacation Hairstyles

The quintessential summer vacation hairstyle is the most popular choice of look for summer. If you like the carefree vibe of this look, and if you can deal with the fact that your long hair is down, it provides an easy way to style your hair for those long summer road trips. What makes it an even more convenient choice is the fact that you can wash your hair the night before your road trip, then braid your hair and leave it on overnight. The morning after, you simply take out the braids for an effortless beach wave. No more styling in the morning and you’re good to go! What is your favorite hairstyle to wear on the road? We’d love to hear about them!

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Creative Ideas for Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Lazy Girl’s Guide to Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Summer provides the opportunity to opt for carefree looks and even go makeup-free. However, for many of us, our hair doesn’t want to cooperate. In fact, we have to double our efforts to ensure that the added humidity does not result in the annoying summer frizz. You might have spent hours styling your hair, but once you step out into the humidity, it instantly turns your hair into a ball of unsightly frizz.

As Barb has pointed out in her article Frizzy Hair Fixes with active use of moisture strategies, frizzy hair during the humid summer months can be prevented. You can also opt for hairstyles to tame frizzy hair rather than stressing over frizz when it shows up. It’s easy when you know how!

Pre-Styling Tips

To ensure that you can fight off frizz, here are some strategies that you can use prior to styling:

  • Provide a coat of armor for your hair; hence, using a frizz-free serum is a good start. You can also try using a leave-in conditioner. These products coat the hair cuticle to resist humidity and prevent frizz from forming as soon as the heat causes the hair to dry up.
  • In addition to using frizz-free serum and a leave-in conditioner, invest in a moisturizing cream for summer. This, too, provides a shield against humidity so your hair cuticle won’t expand. At the same time, it provides enough hydration for the hair so it is less susceptible to frizz.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

One of the easiest tricks for styling hair and hiding frizz at the same time is to go for a sleek hairstyle. It could be anything from a sleek top knot or ponytail, this will help to tame your hair and keep frizz from showing up. When you opt for a tight hairstyle during summer, it will discourage frizz as the humidity won’t be able to penetrate into the hair follicles. In order to get your hair to look sleek, it is recommended that you wash your hair every other day.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

In addition to going sleek, styling your hair straight can also help to cope with frizz during summer. Use a temperature-controlled hair straightener. Try to limit one pass on each section of the hair because too much heat can also promote unnecessary frizz, of which you are trying to avoid. The goal is to get every strand to behave well and stay in place. You can finish off your style with styling pomade, which also helps add sleekness to your straight hairstyle.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

You can also try adding texture to your hairstyle as the added texture will help camouflage any appearance of frizz. Go with a messy texture such as a beachy wave, which also fits right into the season. Simply apply an adequate amount of texturizing spray to create a textured look. It gives an added bonus of making hair look more voluminous.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

If neither of the above suggestions suit you, why not try throwing your hair up? Any type of updo hairstyle will no doubt help control frizz during summer. At the same time, it is a good way to stay fresh even when you are out and about during the summer. Some of your chic choices include a messy bun or a textured ponytail.

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hairstyles to Tame Frizzy Hair

Lastly, go for the braids! Aside from the beachy wave hairstyle, this is a popular choice during summer . . . and for good reason. You won’t have to worry about frizz when you are braiding your hair because any strands that are out of place seem intentional and just fine as is.

Which of these hairstyles will you be wearing this summer?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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