jmorris Aug 2, 2011
Now that it’s midsummer, I’ve become used to stepping out my door, and into above 90-degree temps. It's taken some time, but my hair and the humidity are finally at peace with each other.  The saving grace: NOT using a blow dryer on my strands on super humid days. It's just too-too hot for that. New York reader Michelle Kelarakos couldn’t agree more. Which is why I enlisted the help of celeb stylist Ted Gibson to teach her (and me...and you) a few new no-heat summer hairstyles that are beyond cute.

Sexy waves

You don’t need to go to the beach to create bombshell beach waves.  If you have fine to medium hair allow it to air dry first. Then, make your own beach spray by  filling a spray bottle with water and 1-½ tablespoons of salt.  Shake it up and spritz lightly all around your head. Define the beachy-looking waves by taking two-inch sections of your hair and twirling them around your finger. “Women with coarser hair need to use heat to tame it before creating the waves,” Gibson adds.  First, blow-dry your hair straight and use a two-inch curling iron to twirl two-inch sections of the hair.  Rotate each curl going towards and then away from your face.

Top Knot

“The key to the top knot is to create texture first, then position it,” Gibson says. For fine to medium, just-washed hair, air dry, and then spritz with the beach spray. Next, position the knot.  “The easiest way to do this is to flip your head over and gather all of your hair from the nape of your neck towards the front of your hairline and secure it with an elastic at the crown of your head,” Gibson says.  “It should sit very high.” Once secured in place, twist the hair around itself until it creates a bun and secure with bobby pins.  This look should be full of texture and imperfections.  Spritz the style with a holding spray like L’Oreal Professional Texture Expert Infinium 3 Hairspray to finish.

Sleek Pony Tail

“How you feel in the moment will dictate the way you wear your pony,” Gibson states.  If you’re looking to give off a more youthful vibe, place the ponytail high on top of your head.  The lower you place it, the chicer/sexier/more grown-up it looks. Blow dry your hair then run a pomade or serum like Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade or L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Frizz Taming Crème Serum through the top to smooth fly-aways.  Slick your hair back from the hairline and gather it in one hand, securing it in place with an elastic.  Gibson recommends using a paddle brush with mixed boar and nylon bristles for smoothing. Frizz, flyaways, or greasy roots—what's your biggest summer hair complaint?


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