Beat the Heat with These Easy Up-Dos

This late-summer heat wave is a perfect excuse not to spend hours styling your hair, but it’s definitely not the time to neglect your style in general.  Luckily, it has inspired some fun, chic, and easy-to-style dos that are guaranteed to keep you cool (in more ways than one).

These three styles not only beat the heat, but are my favorite because whether you’re headed to the office, back-to-school, or even to the grocery store, they’ll save you time.  In ten minutes or less, your hair will be ready for the day…and the best part, no one has to know!

The oh-so-popular top knot – By far the coolest of options, the top knot bun can be worn tight or messy. To embrace your inner hipster, pull a tight pony extra high and create a tidy bun. The top knot is best when wanting to show off a fun collar or statement necklace and is my absolute favorite when accompanied by blunt bangs.

The fishtail braid – This takes a bit more time and even a little practice, but is a great option if you’re looking to dress up a casual outfit or to compliment a classy look in no time.  Since I haven’t attempted a fishtail braid since grade school, this tutorial helped me immensely.  I love how with this look, imperfections are encouraged.

Messy low bun – Whether your hair is long or short, you can achieve the beautiful-mess look by creating a low bun from a super loose pony. In my opinion, the more disheveled the bun looks, the better so run your fingers through and pull some hair down in front. The best part of the messy bun is that you can really make it your own.   If you have fine hair and want to add to your mini-bun, try the sock approach. If you want to mess it up to the max, pull it to the side or add some intermittent braids.

Photo credits: instyle.com & wwen.com

Which look do you like best? I’d love to know!

In the meantime, stay “cool.” – Emily

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