There's something about summer that inspires us to experiment with our hair. From funky colors and highlights to adorable accessories that match our favorite summer dress, 'tis the season for festive 'dos. Though our creativity is flowing, high temps, never-ending humidity and splashes of chlorine and salt water can put a major damper on our style. When you're not sure what to do or are stuck in a hair rut, braids are a classic go-to that just about everyone can sport. From long to short, curly to straight, we found some easy-to-replicate braided hairstyles that will spice up your summer strands.
Bangs really are the fastest way to pull a hair look together. Somehow they make the most simple bun or ponytail take on a new life. But bangs take patience and a little extra effort — and the results are so worth it.
Thinking of making the big chop? Consider the micro bob: A super-short 'do that combines the best of both worlds of a face-framing bob and a gaminesque pixie cut. The stylish short hairstyle has been sported by many a celebrity of late, from Emilia Clarke to Audrey Tatou; each variation more fetchingly effortless than the last.
With temps expected to surge this weekend, you're probably looking for ways to stay cool. Sure, you can break out the cutoffs and your favorite strappy tank or a flirty summer dress, but the best way to avoid overheating is with a chill hairstyle.
Summer has many fine points. See beach days, the opportunity to use adorable Instagrammable pool floats and the fact the season makes ice cream taste so much better. The trouble is, some of the summer vibes can be hindered by office dress codes. In the interest of staying in your boss' good book, you need a polished look to survive both the sweltering temperatures outside and the frigid ones in the office. And it needs to be strong enough not to wilt after a few hours. It can be a challenge coming up with an appropriate outfit, but figuring out an appropriate hairstyle can also take some experimenting.
Braids are a go-to style no matter the season or occasion, but as much as we love braids all year long, their unofficial season is summer. And it's the fishtail braid that's the undisputed style of the warm weather.
Any hair care expert will tell you that in order to prevent hair from becoming damaged and broken, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protectant, like a heat protection spray, serum or cream. You've missed a step if you subject your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers without one.
Hair is a serious matter for black women. No matter how fussy or laid-back some of us are about our appearance, as soon the temperature rises, like clockwork, we start looking for easy protective hairstyles to limit the amount of time we spend on our hair — and more time having fun. As the name implies, protective hairstyles are a convenient way to protect your natural hair from constant manipulation, as it's safely tucked away and left alone for days or weeks at a time. Plus, when done properly in a way that's not pulling at one's edges, they can even aid in hair growth since you're not yanking or tugging at your hair constantly, leaving it to flourish freely.
Has your favorite celebrity undergone a hair transformation lately? It honestly seems like there must be something in the air right now -- because a surprising amount of stars are making major chops -- and you can find them all right here. Now, in some cases, that means wearing a chin-length bob for the first time. And in others? Let's just say that more than one celeb has gone full-on G.I. Jane crew cut (somewhere out there, Demi Moore is feeling proud). Lots of new colors are making the rounds too -- perhaps most notably, peroxide blonde (seriously, it's everywhere).
Fresh hair color and a sharp cut can help start summer on the right foot, but it's not easy determining what length bob suits your face shape or which shade of caramel looks best with your skin tone. To find out which haircuts and colors will help make your summer hair goals a reality, we spoke to some master colorists and expert stylists about some rules of thumb to keep in mind while you're moodboarding your perfect summer hair look. Here are some of the helpful tips they recommend.
There are four things you should look for in a curling iron: One, does it get hot enough to adequately curl your hair? Two, is it the right size barrel for the curls you want to create (smaller barrels mean tighter curls, looser barrels mean bigger curls)? Three, is it easy to hold and use? And four, is it a high enough quality iron to last you a long time?
It's happened to the best of us: a botched at-home bang trim that looked like it was hacked with kitchen scissors. Well, the look that launched a million hair horror stories has now become a look. That's right, messy, uneven bangs are officially trending.
Growing out a bad haircut is the worst — but growing out a good haircut is no walk in the park, either. We have to deal with awkward layers, pieces that have a mind of their own and random cowlicks. It's enough to want to hide under a hat for 3 months. If you fell for the #shorthairdontcare message and cropped your locks into a pixie or bob and are now attempting to grow your hair longer, know that it doesn't have to be painful and awkward. (No, we're not suggesting you get extensions.)
Perms are so 30 years ago, right? Not so fast. After years of pin-straight hair and laid-back beachy waves, 80s-style bouncy curls are making a comeback. Recently, everyone from Emma Stone and Olivia Munn to Lola Kirke and Jennifer Lopez has been heading to their stylists for some chemical curls. Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood puts it simply: "Perms are making a comeback because the 90s are so in right now and people want volume and texture in their locks."
Those of us with curly hair know it can be both a blessing and a curse. When it behaves, nothing's better than having a head full of perfect ringlets or waves that cascade over your shoulders. But when it's acting ornery or piqued — look out. Thirsty, frizzy, stressed-out curly hair is never pretty. And when we try to wrestle those same misbehaving curls into submission, it only makes things worse. (Because, really, the only thing that looks worse than fried curls are fried curls that have been further fried in an attempt to make them behave.)
For some, a ponytail is the ultimate lazy-girl, just-can't-even-today hairstyle. For others, a ponytail is an opportunity to get creative with a sleek, polished — or artfully undone — updo. Whatever kind of ponytail wearer you are, there's no reason to settle for basic. It's easy to transform a traditional pony into something special — without much effort. (Just the type of hairstyle we love.)
It seems like every other day we find a new beauty trend we want to try, whether perusing our favorite Instagram feeds, flipping through magazines or checking out the latest looks from fashion week. Unfortunately, most of us can't afford multiple visits to Sephora and Ulta whenever the mood or inspiration to experiment strikes (at least not if we want to pay rent on time). So, when a beauty trend comes along that takes little effort — or investment — you can only imagine our delight. Even better if we already own everything needed to recreate the look.
It's been commonly said that you always want what you don't have: girls with curls want smooth, straight hair; people with iron-straight hair envy curls and waves; limp hair wants volume; people with volume might want, well, less. Although so many of us are rocking what we've got, we still have moments of frustration when it comes to our hair type and texture.
The shiny, luxurious allure of swingy blown-out hair that is, to quote Olivia Pope, "handled," holds allure for lots of women. So many, in fact, that an entire industry has erupted around it: blow dry bars exist in every major metropolis. What used to be the exclusive realm of well-appointed editors, movie stars and socialites has now become accessible to us all.
Bangs are back in a big way — well, actually, in an itty-bitty way. The latest iteration, aptly dubbed baby bangs or micro bangs, is quickly proving to be the style of the season, with celebs like Emma Watson and Emma Roberts rocking them on the red carpet. And while they may be called baby bangs, there's nothing childish about them; the snipped fringe is decidedly modern and edgy. "People gravitate towards these bangs because they make for a one-of-a-kind, unique look," says Streeter's Artist Braydon Nelson. "They are fresh and really open up the face." Even better? Pretty much anyone can rock them. Check out Nelson's helpful advice, plus some photo inspo, before you make the cut.