Despite the unpredictability of recent weather, it’s safe to say that summer has finally decided to save face and provide some much needed heat. But as anyone who has ever spent time in the city can attest to, it can get stickier than double-sided tape in these streets. When that happens, the ever-present humidity can make having a good hair day an impossible feat. So before you throw your hands up in surrender, here are some hairstyles to help you manage the moisture mayhem.
Grade school no more — braids are back in a big way this year. So why not take advantage of this versatile style and incorporate it into your summer arsenal. Whether you want to keep it classic with a French braid or switch it up with a trendy variation – such as the celebrity touted headband braid – there are numerous options at your disposal. Just in case braiding isn’t in your skill set, rest assured there are numerous tutorials floating around the web to give you guidance.
It’s safe to say the sock bun took the beauty world by storm this year, and for good reason. The sock bun is a summer saviour because it’s quick to do, looks elegant and, most importantly, keeps your hair far away from your face and neck, keeping you calm, cool and collected.
Mousse on the Loose
If you can’t beat it, embrace it! Humidity can be used to your advantage, giving you Diana Ross volume that you may never have achieved otherwise. This is particularly helpful for those with curly or wavy hair, whose hair responds acutely to moisture by increasing in volume. Start your day with a spray of mousse, tousle it lightly and let your hair fly free. You can breathe easy knowing your hair will get bigger and better as the day goes on.
No Fear Headgear
Let’s face it: sometimes in the inevitable battle between humidity and your hair, you will lose. For days like that, it’s best to cut your losses and go back to the drawing board. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with accessories, so why not incorporate a sun hat or scarf into the mix? Scarves are typically inexpensive and can be used a variety of ways to adorn your hair. Sun hats are the perfect intersection of fashion and function — keeping you cool and protected from the sun, and giving you a break from styling duties.
If you’re looking for a change, or at least to make your neck a bit cooler, you may want to consider making your mane a bit shorter. Summer is the perfect time for short hair because it’s easy to manage and will save you time, money and hopefully help you stop overheating. If you need inspiration, just look to the many celebrities who have taken the short route, including Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus.
The days of summer are fleeting, so you should get out and enjoy them without worrying about how to handle your hair in the heat. Make sure to always travel with at least one bobby pin and a hair tie for emergencies, and if all else fails remember that humidity is probably a lot better than snow.