Surviving a summer in DC is tough but I’ve struggled through enough of them to know which beauty battles to pick and which ones to let go. Let me tell you, adding heat to any situation is not one of those battles I’m willing to fight. In the summertime, especially once August rolls around, I depend on Day 3 hair, dry shampoo, and no-heat hairstyles to get me through the days. There’s nothing worse than waking up on a balmy summer morning only to apply more heat to your hair. Hard pass. Instead, I reach for a bottle of dry shampoo and stick with one of my trusty no-heat styles.
TOP KNOT / HALF-UP
This is my #1 go-to style in the summer. It’s quick, it’s easy, and most importantly, it keeps your hair out of your face when you’re walking from the Metro and your foundation starts to get… dewy. God bless the top knot.
To achieve this look, cover your roots in a generous amount of dry shampoo, use your fingers like a wide-tooth comb and gather the hair away from your face into a small, messy bun. I like to use those small, clear hair ties to secure the style for the day. Make sure you loosen the hair around the frame of your face by gently pulling away from the messy bun you’ve just created. This style should look messy and effortless not tight and perfected. Use a smoothing cream or hair oil on your ends to combat frizz.
This style is perfect for the dirtiest of hair. The final look is super chic with minimal skill and effort required. Phewf.
Start again with a decent amount of dry shampoo. Create a little extra volume by massaging the dry shampoo into your roots. Your hair should look…big at this point. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck at tie off with a small hair tie. Again, I like those clear ones you can get at your local convenience store. For a more effortless look, place your hand on the back of your head (above the hair tie) and gently pull up towards the top of your head. This will create a less structured and more volumized style. Take a small piece of hair hanging from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Secure under the pony with a bobby pin for a super natural look.
DEEP SIDE PART
This one is for those less swampy days or more formal events when you’re still not quite interested in applying extra heat to your hair.
Add a little dry shampoo to the situation and deep part your hair to the preferred side. Tuck the shorter side behind your ear and secure with two bobby pins. If you’re feeling extra sassy, try twisting or braiding this area of hair before you secure it with pins.
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