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While the “dog days of summer” end officially on August 23, the season’s hottest and most humid days stretch well into September. That means there are plenty of bad-hair days and nights ahead. So what’s a party-goer to do to keep her coiffure under control when water-saturated air wants to wreak havoc on her blowout? To answer that question, we asked Christine Healey, the celebrity stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon, whose A-list clients include Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore, and Dylan Lauren, for advice. Read on for Healey’s five go-to hairstyles for eliminating “tress distress” at hot and humid summer parties.
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The Textured Ponytail
There is no style more effortlessly glamorous or convenient than a Bardot-inspired high ponytail. Healey says this style works best with second- or third-day hair, “when the hair has a bit of texture and grip.”
- Spritz a few sprays of a salt spray like Sachajuan Ocean Mist on your hair to give it a beachy, undone texture.
- Use your fingers to rake your hair back into a ponytail at whatever height you prefer. Secure the base of the ponytail with a bungee-cord elastic for maximum hold.
- To add volume and texture, use a 1.5-inch Marcel curling iron on a few thick sections of hair.
- Use your fingers to fluff and separate the ponytail.
- Spray a bit of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray into the ponytail to give it body and texture.
- Protect the style with a spray of Elnett’s humidity-resistant hairspray.
Photo via Mane Addicts
The Mermaid Mane
The tendrils of a mermaid-inspired hairstyle aren’t your basic beach waves. They’re perfectly imperfect and glisten in the sunlight with the help of Oribe Gold Lust Oil.
- Take large sections of hair and wrap them around a 1.5-inch Marcel curling iron. Wrap the hair from the root, but don’t curl the ends. You want to keep the ends straight. Be sure to alternate the direction of the twist from section to section for a natural, “undone” look.
- Once all the sections have been curled, use your fingers to break up the waves.
- To create texture, spritz the hair with Oribe Texturizing Spray, or sprinkle the roots with a dry shampoo like Death Valley Dry Shampoo.
- For shine, add a touch of Oribe Gold Lust Oil.
- Set the look with a misting of humidity-proof hairspray.
Photos via Pinterest and Mane Addicts
The Sleek, High Ponytail
You know what they say: the higher the hair, the closer to heaven, and this sleek, high ponytail is definitely more high fashion than high-school cheerleader.
- Use a Mason Pearson boar-bristle brush to smooth the hair and eliminate tangles.
- Smooth the hair, section by section, by using a Sutra InfraRed Flat Iron. Spray each section lightly with Oribe Shine Spray to give the hair a glossy look and tame flyaway hairs.
- Use the tail of a professional tail comb to part the hair from ear-to-ear, creating two sections of hair: a front section and a rear section. Clip the front section out of the way.
- Take a dime-sized amount of Oribe Rock Hard Gel and apply it to the rear section of hair, from the roots to the mid-point of the hair’s length.
- Use the Mason Pearson brush to gather the back section of hair into a high, smooth ponytail. Make sure there is no slack at the nape of the neck. Use the tail comb to smooth out any bumps, and use a bungee-cord elastic to secure the ponytail at the crown of the head.
- Unclip the front section of hair, and brush it until it’s smooth. Take a second dime-sized dollop of Oribe Rock Hard Gel and run it through the hair from the hairline.
- Brush the front section of hair back to meet the base of the ponytail, using the tail comb to smooth out any bumps. Take a second bungee-cord elastic and wrap it around both front and rear sections, joining them into one ponytail.
- Use a toothbrush with a bit of hairspray to groom any baby hairs at the hairline, then mist the ponytail with hairspray to secure it.
- To give the ponytail a finished look, use the tail of the tail comb to pull out a small section of the ponytail, tease it to add texture, mist it with a bit of hairspray, and then smooth it slightly. Wrap this section around the base of the ponytail to cover the elastics. Secure it with a bobby pin.
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The Hot-off-the-Runway Topknot
As we saw in Chanel’s Fall 2018 runway show, the voluminous topknot is easy, elegant, and always en vogue.
- Spritz the hair with dry shampoo to give the strands texture.
- Use your fingers to rake the hair back into a ponytail at the height of your choice. Healey recommends placing the ponytail high on the head because it gives the face an instant “lift.”
- Divide the ponytail into two sections, use a teasing comb to tease both sections. Spray both sections with hairspray.
- Wrap the sections in opposite directions, securing them with Japanese hairpins.
- Leave the ends out to add texture. Use your fingers to pull the bun apart a bit where it looks too tight.
- Set the look with a mist of hairspray.
Photo via Missy Sue
This humidity-proof style has a milk-maid-goes-to-Monaco vibe that will look chic at summer parties day or night. Look complicated? Au contraire.
- Braid sections of hair loosely in Dutch braids.
- Gather the braids into a ponytail at the nape of the neck.
- Divide the ponytail into 3 or 4 sections and tease it at the base. Spritz the ponytail with hairspray.
- Wrap the ponytail into a bun, pinning it with Japanese hair pins (for a tight hold) as you go around.
- Use your fingers to loosen any sections that look tight.
- Protect the look with a mist of hairspray.
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