Summer Hair: Braids!

Summer Hair: Braids!

Okay, so summer has finally decided to grace us with its presence – and this NYC heat wave is like walking straight into a blowdryer. It’s like we went straight from winter to summer and the pleasant spring weather lasted about 4 days. Alas, global warming is what it is and we have to acclimate accordingly.

Let’s talk hair. Mine is very long and thick and, while the humidity does give it a great natural bounce, it also tends to frizz in such climate. A ponytail or bun works to keep my hair off my face and way from my neck, therefor letting my skin breathe, but it’s not super chic. Instead, I want braids – side braids, braided updos and fishtails. You’ve seen these styles on everyone from Diane Kruger to Emma Watson.

Here are a few of my favorite braided looks for summer:

From the slideshow;

Image 1 – This is the easiest of the bunch. A loose side braid that is equal parts messy and sexy.

Image 2 – Emma Watson’s intricate braided updo is beautiful, although a bit harder to channel on your own.

Image 3 – An oldie but goodie, Blake Lively with a high pony and fishtail. Super easy to do solo. Make sure to give the ponytail height and volume!

Image 4 – Minka Kelly’s inside-out braided updo at the Met, adorned with crystal broaches. Even if you aren’t able to do this look yourself, you can channel the style by making a side braid, twisting into a bun and then adding a bejewled headband, pin or even a flower!

Image 5 – Jessica Alba’s double braids that meet and form a bun is the perfect look for summer – and you can definitely pull this off on your own. Just braid your bangs, attach with a clear rubber band, and pull all of your hair back into a messy, low bun.

Image 6 – Nicky Hilton’s recent milkmaid braid style is a contemporary twist on the classic ‘do – and a pretty way to show off your features while keeping cool. For an easy milkmaid braid tutorial, click here.



  • I just love braids but I can never get them right,they are so pretty I esp like the messy looking braid

  • I know what you mean about the weather. It seems to go from one extreme to the next – almost day to day.
    Some great braiding ideas, I like Blake’s look.

  • Yes, I love how Blake Lively has her hair in that photo. It’s got great volume and is just flowing off her head. Looking forward to trying some of these summer hair braids next week!

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