Summer – school is out and experimenting with hair styles is in. From messy braids to flower crowns, the key to fresh summer hair is to mix it up.
One thing about summer hair is clear: The “ombre” hairstyle is out.
“You walk down the halls and everyone has hair that goes from brown to blonde,” says 17-year-old Destanee.
Even though fierce ladies from Ciara to Jennifer Lopez still rock the gradient hairstyle, here are some tips for fresh, new summer looks.
Twist and turn
Update braids for summer by aiming for less than perfection. Here are some quick steps to get a unique, messy, side braid:
1. Take all of your hair to one side and divide it into three parts
2. Loosely braid the middle section and “mess-it-up” by gently pulling the hair to make the braid look loose
3. Now take the other sections and begin braiding your side braid (the middle section will be the messy braid you just made)
4. Now, “mess-up” your side braid by gently pulling the hair out of the braid. This will create the “messy” feel.
Viola! In a few easy steps you have made a romantic, braid-within-a-braid look.
Summer heat can mean harsh rays on new summer dos. To protect hair from the summer sun, re-purpose fall scarves into colorful head wraps.
Here are a few steps on how to make a sassy bow with your head scarf:
1. Place the middle of the scarf on your hairline, taking one end in each hand
2. Wrap each end around your head, crossing each side at the back of the head
3. Bring the ends back up to the front and make a bow to the right of the center of the hairline
4. Tuck the ends under the bow and fluff to perfection
Rubi, 13-years-old, and Fernanda, 14-years-old, nodded in agreement to short hair as an up-and-coming summer fad. But for those who are not ready to commit to short hair, the faux bob is here to help.
Here are some steps to get the runway-ready faux bob:
1. Divide you hair into a top and bottom section
2. Braid the bottom section into two braids and pin them diagonally to the bottom of your head
3. With the top section, make a low and loose low ponytail
4. Tuck the ponytail under, pinning it to the braids underneath for security
Top it off
This look is a style that is chic in any season – the top bun. The do-it-yourself internet community took this style to a new level of popularity with tutorials on how to create the top bun using only parts of a sock and an elastic band. Here’s how:
1. Find a lonely sock, the thicker the better, that more or less matches your hair color
2. With scissors, cut the foot off of the sock, leaving the sock straight and open at both ends
3. From one end, roll the sock down making a donut shape
Now you have your own, hand-made, donut that you can use to make the perfect bun. Here’s how:
1. Make a high ponytail and pull your hair through your sock donut
2. Spread your hair evenly around the sock donut
3. Tuck or pin the excess hair around the donut
Now you have your very own timeless top bun.
“Flower crowns are the new trend,” says 17-year-old Janette. “You can use real flowers or fake flowers.”
Whether you clip petals from your garden or find silk flowers at a local craft store like, flower crowns are the summer answer to winter headbands. This youthful trend is blooming on runways, red carpets, and on do-it-yourself websites. Here’s what you will need:
1. 5-10 assorted silk flowers
3. Pliers and
5. Tape (painter’s, masking, or packing tape)
Making your floral crown:
1. Make a circle with the wire large enough to fit your head
2. Cut the silk flowers, leaving around 1-2 inches of stem
3. Using pliers or your hand, wrap the flower stems around the wire crown
4. Tape the ends of any wires sticking out so you don’t poke your head or hands
In a few minutes you have made your very own, trendsetting, flower crown.
With personal takes on these looks, you are ready to make waves with your fresh, new summer styles.