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Ponytails: Cute Easy Hairstyles For Summer

Blake Lively ponytail hairstyle

Enjoy The Relaxed Hairstyle of Summer!

Who says a ponytail is just for the gym? As summer heats up, take a break from the flat iron and enjoy the cool breeze on your neck with this effortless hairstyle. But there’s more to this timeless look than the go-to style of your school days! Say hello to the many twists to the beloved ponytail for a look that’s fresh and flirty.

Carrie Underwood relaxed ponytail

The Soft Pony

These celebs may make it look effortless on the red carpet, but this pony is anything  but blazé! With loose texture and face framing pieces, the soft pony is a romantic and easy alternative to curls and other obvious styles.

Who’s It For: Square, Heart, and Oblong Face Shapes; Layered Hairstyles

Go-To Products: Bb Texture Creme ($28) Paul Mitchell Worked Up ($14)

low ponytail

The Sophisticated Pony

Like the “little black dress” the low pony is a must-have style for a look that makes an impact. Whether it’s a day at work, a major interview, or a night out, this sleek pony emanates class and sophistication. Comb your hair in a dramatic side part or clean part down the middle and tie at the nape of your neck to create this sexy ponytail style.

Who’s It For: Oval, Heart, Oblong Face Shapes; Long Straight Hair

Go-To Products: Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Gel ($12)

ponytail with volume

Kate Beckinsale ponytail with volume

The Flirty Pony

Volume takes this pony to a whole new level! Whether it’s a bump in the front, or that extra body in the crown, this vavoom style adds a playful edge to any look. Don’t be afraid to tease for that volume we love–and of course, no flirty look is complete without a generous amount of hairspray!

Who’s It For: Oval, Round, Square, and Heart Face Shapes; Fine Hair Texture

Go-To Hair Product: Paul Mitchell Extra Body Hair Spray ($14) Big Sexy Dry Shampoo ($16)

sleek ponytail

 The Fashionista Pony

Grab this look from the pages of your fashion magazines for an understated and ultra chic style. With this simple, clean pony, all eyes will be on you. After applying gloss drops to damp hair, comb straight back into a tight pony. The fashionista ponytail pairs well with bold makeup, blingy earrings, or a dramatic outfit.

Who’s It For: Oval, Heart, and Oblong Face Shape; Medium to Thick Hair Texture

Go-To Hair Product: Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops ($16)

Ditch spending hours in front of the mirror this summer and try one of these easy and fresh ponytails. Whether it’s for a winning red carpet look, or a day in the sun, a pony is a great way to save your hair from damaging heat tools and embrace an effortless summer style. For more easy and cute hairstyles check out our Pinterest Ponytails board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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6 Updos to Add a Little Romance to Hot Summer Nights

Summer Updo

How tos for these hot summer do’s

Everything is right, and you’re looking forward to a romantic summer date with the perfect guy, but before you can say “margarita, please” you’re feeling your hair soaking up all the sun’s heat, making your neck hotter than the beach in August. Don’t worry—this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a boring ponytail for your night out! There are plenty of sexy updos you can do yourself, meaning the only thing that’s hot is the sparks flying between you and your date.

1. The Braid Bun Knot

This is a great summer night look, no matter what your hair texture is. What’s great about this look is that it looks complicated, when it’s actually really simple. See these image step-by-step instructions and give it a whirl!

Braided Bun Knot

 

 2. Loose Curly Bun

Beware of too-tight ponytails and buns! While they can look sleek and neat, there’s something infinitely more romantic about effortlessly loose waves.

Loose Curly Bun

How to do it: Very loosely braid your hair down the center, making sure to leave plenty of breathing room for your hair to relax. Once you reach the back of your head, use an elastic to separate the hair that will make up the bun. If you have natural curls, lucky you! If not, use a curling iron to create loose curls. Don’t stress too much about making them perfect. The next step is to loosely swirl your curls around the base of the ponytail, making use of as many bobby pins as necessary to make the bun round. Embrace stray curls!

Product we recommend: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly hairspray. Spray a little of this on the bun to keep it together. What’s great about this spray is it won’t make your hair crunchy or hard—perfect for a date.

3. Soft ‘n’ Sweet Bow Bun

Want to make your hair look like you put tons of work into it in less time than it takes for a Popsicle to melt in the sun? Try this bow bun that draws attention to the nape of your neck, which is one of your best assets you probably don’t get to highlight too much. Check out the pictures below for how to do it yourself—wrap a section of your hair around the base of the bun to make the hair tie invisible!Elastic-less Bow Bun

 4. Not-so-Standard Bun

A plain bun can be boring, but ideally your date is looking at the front of your hair, right? Add sweet touches like a braid on the side or some faux-bangs (no scissors required!) to spice it up. Part your hair far to one side, take a few bobby pins, and let your hair swoop across your forehead.

Not so Standard Bun

Product we recommend: Scünci’s No-Slip Grip bobby pins. Stop fiddling with your hair and start paying attention to your date with these pins that will hold your hair in place without damaging it.

French Braid Bow

5. French Braid Bow

 Try this one out if you’re a fan of driving with the windows down. A solid French braid on each side of your head will keep your hair in place, and tying the two together in a bow at the base of your neck will add a romantic touch.

6. The Swirl

It’s not quite a bun, it’s not quite an all-the-way updo, it’s not a braid . . . what is it? In the step-by-step instructions below, see how you can turn a braid into a soft, girl-next-door updo.

The Swirl Updo

Product we recommend: stay away from frizz even when it’s humid. John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease line offers a variety of products to prevent flyaways and keep your hair soft. We love the serum you can put in right after you shower—just a coin-sized amount in your wet hair and you can stop stressing for the rest of the day!

For more great summer check out our Pinterest Updo Board

  



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Gatsby Hair Hollywood Trends

Jessica Biel Hollywood waves and Gatsby Hair Accessory

Get Roaring Hot 20’s Style

Who says that jaw dropping Gatsby Glamour should stay only on the silver screen? Celebrities are borrowing Daisy Buchanan’s gorgeous style and you should too. After all, who doesn’t want to emanate this leading lady’s irresistible beauty? From blingy accessories to finger waves and the signature bob we can’t help but get Gatsby fever!

Carey Mulligan Gatsby Hair

Katy Perry Gatsby Headband

Get the Gatsby Glow with Blingy Accessories

From blingin’ headbands to classic clips, Hollywood is loving Gatsby inspired accessories!

Add some vintage glamour to your look with a sweet hair clip or daring headband. Not only does a pin or headband look gorgeous with sexy waves, but it’s the perfect way to try something different with a short hairstyle too. Pin hair up on one side only, or wear a headband just behind your hairline to get that Gatsby inspired look.

Drew Barrymore Fingerwaves like Gatsby

Carey Mulligan in Vogue

Get Flirty with Flapper Finger Waves

From Drew Barrymore to Tyra Banks, celebs are enjoying a blast from the past with retro finger waves. But you don’t have to be a master with gel and a comb to get this look. Fortunately, we now have triple barrel curling irons available to us to get that much loved finger wave.

1. Divide your hair into three large sections: one on each side in front of the ear, and the back portion of your hair.

2. Beginning on the side, take one inch horizontal sections starting on the bottom and working your way up.

3. On each horizontal section, use a three prong curling iron, starting at the root and working your way down through the ends, spritzing each finished section with a working hairspray.

4. When the whole head is complete, run a wide tooth comb through hair and enjoy your finished look. Either wave your entire head like Drew Barrymore, or add a wave to the front for a touch of Gatsby glam.

Carey Mulligan Gatsby Bob

Carey Mulligan Bob

 Go Short With a Daisy Buchanan Bob

This summer celebs are making the cut with Daisy inspired bobs.

Bob’s are not only easy to style, but are chic, feminine, and timeless.  A 20’s inspired bob can make fine hair look fuller and works great with straight, flat hair. For Carey Mulligan’s sleek look as Daisy, flat iron hair using a heat protectant on each section making sure to curve the ends under.

Gatsby faux bob

For a Modern Twist on a Retro Look Try the Faux Bob:

1. Create a dramatic side part starting at the arch of your eyebrow.

2. Use a 1 to 2 inch curling iron to curl hair 3 inches away from the root. Comb with a wide tooth comb for soft waves.

3. Roll and pin hair at the base of your neck, allowing front strands to fall loose and frame your face.

4. Accessorize with your favorite vintage accessory.

Get your Gatsby style by going bold with a new haircut, or just trying out a new hair accessory. Pair your retro hair with full lashes and a bold lip for a flirty look that’s truly inspired. And for more great Gatsby inspired looks check out our Retro Hairstyles Pinterest board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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