4 Summer Hairstyles, 4 Summer Occasions

As the song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” The hairstyling on the other hand, can be rather taxing. After all, you’re battling humidity and trying to keep cool, while also attempting to stay on trend. But with the help of a few key accessories—and suggestions from pro stylist Jeff Chastain—you can look perfectly pulled together at all your summertime soirees.

The Backyard Barbecue

A casual grill-fest calls for a breezy 'do. First, create texture with a spray like this one from Oribe from roots to tips. Grab a section of hair (palm-width is a good rule of thumb) from the top of the head, and tease with a teasing brush to add a bit of volume. Brush hair (minus any fringe or face-framing layers) back, and place a headband like L. Erickson's patterned turban style a few inches behind the hairline. Finish by pinching some ends at random, twisting some clockwise and others counterclockwise around a curling iron.

The Brunch-and-Boutique Saturday

A no-slip bandeau headband-and-braid combo keeps hair put when you're out and about. Create texture and tease hair as before, then position the headband about an inch back from the hairline. Without brushing, separate hair into three sections, one larger than the other two, to create an asymmetrical braid. Braid tightly, and secure with an elastic like twistband™'s seasonally appropriate nautical-print hair tie. Next, pull out a few pieces of hair in front of the headband (around the sideburns and forehead); mist these strands and the braid with hairspray (we're fans of Oscar Blandi Lacca). Pin each piece loosely back over the headband, and let ends fall naturally.

The Al Fresco Cocktail Party

Use a comb to draw a line from the top of one ear around the top of the head to the other ear, creating a band of hair about the width of your first two fingers. Clip this band out of the way. Then, apply a texturizing spray to the top section of hair at the crown, tease the roots, and gently smooth out with a teasing brush. Gather hair except for the clipped-off band into a low-slung ponytail, and secure with an elastic (we're fans of L. Erickson's Racer Stripe Pony. Rotate the base of the ponytail to minimize bumps. Take the remaining band of hair, part as desired (down the center or on one side), and tuck hair behind ears. Finish with a tiny bit of serum on the ends.

The Rehearsal Dinner

For an extra dash of sophistication, follow the above steps, this time with L. Erickson's chic enamel elastic. After rotating the base of the ponytail, apply serum to the band of hair. Part the band as desired, and smooth hair back, pinning just underneath the elastic.

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