Up, Up, and Away: 3 Easy Summer Updos For Your Hair Type

Keeping your hair sleek in humid, balmy temps is no easy feat. Rather than reverting to a messy old standby (we’re looking at you just-rolled-out-of-bed bun), try one of these low-maintenance updos that are tailored to work with your specific hair type—from short strands to thick curls.

The Updo: Crown Braid

The Hair Type: Short
If you thought braids were reserved for gals with Rapunzel-like locks, think again. This crown braid adds instant glamour to pixi-length hair and keeps sweaty, stray strands out of the way on sweltering summer days. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1. Before you start braiding, work a flexible paste through dry hair to keep things secure. We like Oribe’s Rough Luxury Soft, a lightweight molding cream that instantly adds definition and texture.
Step 2. Using a fine-toothed comb create a deep side part.
Step 3. Grab a small section of hair right along your hair line and carefully separate it into three smaller sections, creating a classic French braid.
Step 4. Here’s the secret sauce: Pull sections of hair from along your hairline into the braid.
Step 5. Once the braid reaches right behind your ear, secure your chic plait with few bobby pins.
Step 6. Finish with a light hair spray like Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray, which infuses strands with nourishing Atlas cedar extract.

The Updo: Side Chignon

The Hair Type: Wavy
For a goofproof style, pull your tousled locks into a low and loose chignon. This breezy ‘do requires little effort and works perfectly with your natural texture. Follow these steps to get the look:

Step 1. To prevent frizz and flyways, spritz Hair Rules Wavy Mousse into your roots. The heroic styler boosts volume and texture without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Step 2. Next, pull your hair into a low, side ponytail and smooth flyaways with a densely bristled brush.
Step 3. Divide your ponytail into two sections. Holding the two sections, tie a loose knot.
Step 4. Wrap one side around to the right and stick a hair pin in to hold. Repeat on the left side and secure with another pin.
Step 5. Spritz on a frizz-taming hairspray like Oribe Imperméable 
Anti-Humidity Spray. Infused with vitamins to increase shine, this style-preserving spray will keep your pony sleek despite the heat.

The Updo: Low Twists

The Hair Type: Curly
Don’t fight your spirals when tying them back! Work with them by trying this romantic coiled style that embraces your unruly ringlets. Here’s how:

Step 1. Post-shower, prep your hair with Kérastase Elixir Ultime – Prime to eliminate knots and protect your strands from any damage caused from heat styling.
Step 2. Let your hair air dry and work a curl-plumping oil into your coils to nix frizz and boost shine.
Step 3. Twist and pin 2-3 inch sections of hair, starting at the front of your head and working your way back towards the base of it. Wrap them around one another and secure loose mini buns with bobby pins. For a touch of quirky fun, use Jane Tran’s brightly hued Bobby Pin Set.
Step 4. Finish with a healthy dose of Number 4™ Mighty Hair Spray to keep your twisty ‘do in place all day.

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