Whether it’s a heat wave or 100% humidity, summer is no friend to our hairstyles. Don’t fight summer weather with your style, lean into the season with these 6 stylist-recommended summer-friendly, super-easy, wash-and-go hairstyles that will stand up to heat, sweat and humidity-induced frizziness. See our favorite hairstyles — from cuts to braids to updos — excerpted from this post on Elle.com. Thanks, Elle style gurus.

6 Stylist-Approved, Summer-Friendly, Wash-and-Go Hairstyles

1. Wave Runner

Smooth, polished waves are impossible to achieve in humidity. Instead, celeb stylist Paul Norton recommends “undone beach waves“. Norton warns that although these waves are easy, they’re not effortless. Start with a mid-size curling iron and curl “random areas of the hair to create more definition”. Then use a texturizer to create more definition to achieve a slightly messy, undone finish.

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Margot Robbie (Photo: Getty Images)

2. Pleasant Top Plait

You will look AND feel cool this summer with this combination of a “sleek high ponytail and a messy fishtail braid,” says Norton. Since summer hair always gets disheveled by the end of the day, this slightly tousled braid gives you that look from the start, and only looks better as the day goes on. But, if you’re not loving the way the braid looks by late afternoon, Norton recommends transitioning the braid into an easy “topknot by simply using a few bobby pins to anchor the braid onto the base of the ponytail.”


Skai Jackson (Photo: Getty Images)

3. Adorn Me

Some mornings, the only solution for tired summer hair is to throw it into a ponytail or topknot. For those mornings, embrace your accessories. Norton suggests affixing these go-to styles with metal hair accessories or a ribbon, but updating the look by placing them in unexpected ways. The placement “should give you a chance to embrace asymmetry and a more fashion-forward look.”


Solange Knowles (Photo: Getty Images)

4. Crop Top

If you’re dying to make a big chop, there’s no better time than in the heat of summer. Short cuts may seem limiting, but celebrity hairstylist Garren points to Scarlett Johanssen’s head-turning “bad girl/boy” hairstyle, which she debuted this spring, as the ultimate in versatility. Garren suggests slicking back your crop like a men’s hairstyle to turn it into a dressy look. Or add a texturizing cream and push it up for an edgy everyday style.


Scarlett Johansson (Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

5. The Ultimate Lob
With a few slight modifications, a lob (long bob) will work for any hair texture. If you’ve got fine, straight strands, go for a dramatic blunt option, advises Garren. For wavy hair, air-dry it, add a deep side part, and spritz with a sea-salt spray for a perfectly messy, piece-y style. Bonus: If you’ve been wanting to try the wet look trend, Garren says a lob is the perfect length. Just comb through your hair with plenty of shine serum or cream for “the ultimate beach look”.


Chrissy Teigen (Photo: Getty Images)

6. A Round-off

If you long ago burned any photos of your childhood haircut, this #tbt suggestion will bowl you over. Garren recommends a short, rounded-off bowl cut (gasp!), updated for 2017. This time around, the smooth uniform cut has a shaggier texture that rises above the ears and remains short at the neckline. The great thing about resurrecting this look is, like other short cuts, this ‘do requires no heat styling. And heat-free styling minimizes hair damage and keeps your lazy summer mornings hassle-free. The epitome of wash-and-go!



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How To Do A Model Approved Sleek Bun


If it’s been a while since your last hair cut, and messy buns are all you can think of, may we suggest a sleeker, model-approved alternative for your next #HOTD? This off-duty model bun brings in a modern appeal to a classic hairstyle with its middle part and slick texture.

Spotted on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Bella and Gigi Hadid, this model-approved sleek bun will help you look put together and ready to slay the day in minutes. 

And it gets better—this look is best achieved working with messy, second or even third-day hair. The natural grease in your scalp will help you get the texture and feel you’re looking for,  for an ideal model-off-duty look. Isn’t that the dream? However, if you’re not working with unwashed hair, we recommend using texturizing spray that will help you get the same look. But if we’re being honest, the dirtier your hair is, the better it will be to achieve this off-duty model sleek bun. 

But before we jump into the how-to, here are a few things you’ll need.

  • A soft boar bristle brush: it keeps your base looking sleek and without leaving any comb marks on your hair.
  • Hair mousse: for added texture and body. Make sure you use a mousse that doesn’t leave your hair looking hard and crunchy, because today, we’re going for a more sleek, off-duty look.
  • Hair paste, wax or pomade: avoid hair gels and opt for these options if you’re looking for a finish that isn’t too shiny.
  • 2 hair ties


How to get the model off-duty bun

Step 1:

Part your hair down the middle, and brush out any knots, untangling your hair completely. 

Step 2:

Take a generous amount of mousse, and apply it all over your hair from root to tip.

Step 3:

Next, take a quarter-sized dab of hair paste or pomade and work it in from the front of your hairline pulling all the way back. Focus on getting the paste/pomade to the sides of your head, at your temple as well as  at the top of your head. If you need more, make sure to add it in a little by little.

Step 4:

Now that your hair has some natural hold, take a soft boar bristle brush and start combing in a diagonally-upward fashion (instead of straight or backwards) flattening any bumps along the way.

Step 5:

Continue this brushing technique and gather all your hair together. At this point, you can decide how high or low you want to wear your sleek bun. 

With all your hair held back, you can opt to add more pomade/paste to tame any flyaways.

Step 6:

Once you’re happy with the position of your ponytail, take a hair tie and secure it in place, tying it as tightly as you can. If you’re looking to add more volume to your bun, add in your Luxy Hair Ponytail Extension for a fuller look at this point.


Step 7:  

Grab your ponytail, twist it a few times, leaving the ends out, and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. These little strands that stick out of your bun help you get the real off-duty feel.

Step 8:

Take another hair tie and loosely tie it all together. Pull out a few more strands/hair pieces from your bun if you’re going for a more undone look.

And there you have it! A model-approved sleek bun that you can achieve in a matter of minutes. Wear this with your next sweatsuit, summer dress or even a crop-top and jeans and look like you’ve just stepped off the runway. 

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