3 Easy, Salon-Approved Hairstyles You’ll Wear All Summer Long
Your summer ‘do is getting a chic, no-heat upgrade.
Summer is all fun and sun until you realize you’ve got limp locks and fried ends. Just because it’s bathing -uit season doesn’t mean Mother Nature is going to play nice with our tresses. That’s why we’re planning our hair game for every warm and steamy weather situation she’ll throw at us. And, no, we’re not just talking about basic buns and ponytails here.
On our quest to find the perfect sweat-proof summer styles, we consulted Stevie Smith, owner of Chicago’s Smith and Davis Salon and Certified Wella Master Expert and Wella Design Team educator. The master of manes showed us three heat-free styles that all stem from an old-school, classic technique: a simple pin curl set. That’s right, the same technique old Hollywood starlets used to style their hair is the secret to achieving a unique, modern-day summer look. Ahead, everything you need to know about achieving salon-quality hair at home. Get ready to turn some heads this season!
Mastering the pin-curl set:
Before you begin, make sure your hair is almost completely (but not bone) dry. If it’s too wet, the curls won’t set.
You’ll need nothing more than a pile of bobby pins (and a little patience) to get this right. Take a 1–2 inch section of hair and curl it around two fingers. Starting at the root versus the ends of the hair will ensure that you achieve the perfect, bouncy ringlet.
Since you’ll be sleeping with the pin curl set, make sure the pins are completely secure. Stevie told us that the best way to do this (especially with thick hair) is with “the wiggle” technique. No, that’s not a silly dance move. When using a bobby pin, it’s best not to open it. Instead, just wiggle it into place. This way, the pin doesn’t slip out of your hair or become weaker over time.
Voilá, now you’ve perfected pin curls!
Look 1: Styled with a scarf
If you’re looking to maximize your set, let your pin curls set during the day without sacrificing your style. All you’ll need to jazz up your look is a fashionable headscarf. Make sure the scarf covers the tops of the ears and tie it securely over the crown of the head.
One simple accessory lets your curls set while you brunch, bike or bask in the summer sunshine.
Look 2: All knotted up
If you’re sick of side braids, this twisted upgrade will have everyone thinking you spent hours on your hair. Stevie showed us that the knotting technique looks more complicated than it actually is, with the result being nothing less than head-turning.
Once you take all of the pins out and your curls have dropped down, divide out the front section of the hair, just above the ear. Take the front section of hair and an approximately three-inch section of hair from behind the hair. Twist the two sections together and tie in a knot.
The first knot should rest flat against the head. Once that’s tied, you’ll have a little tail, which you’ll use to create the next knot, repeating the same technique as above.
Pin each section as you go, until one side is completely knotted. This will keep your hair out of your face and off your neck while you’re out and about!
Look 3: The updated braided crown
Once you’ve got the first set of knots down, creating this crown of knots will be a total breeze.
Continue where you left off with the previous look. Remember to use each tail to twist and knot into the next section of hair, all around the base of the head.
Add in a few extra pins to make sure everything is secure, especially if your hair is super heavy. For shorter layers in the front, just gather them into one section, twist them and pin behind the rest of the knots. There’s no right or wrong way to do this.
Behold, a beautiful vintage-inspired updo with a modern-day twist. It’s perfect for a sweltering hot day on the beach, or a night out on the town.
This article originally appeared on Dose.com.