Simple looks for lazy days.
You don’t need to travel to Narnia to wear a crown of braids. “It’s sexy for day or night, and it’s easy for almost any length of hair,” says hairstylist Guido. To do it, create two thin braids at your temples, pull them back, and secure them with an elastic at the back of your head.
“After a day at the beach, your hair has the perfect texture for an updo,” says hairstylist Antonio Prieto of the Antonio Prieto Salon in New York City. The easiest of all? This low ponytail. You don’t need a brush or comb—just run your fingers through your hair, tame crazy frizz with silicone serum, and pull hair back so there’s no part. Secure it at the nape of the neck.
To keep curls from turning frizzy, wash hair as infrequently as possible with a shampoo labeled “moisturizing” and ingredients like shea butter, palm oil, or avocado oil. To style, wind small sections of hair around your fingers for 15 to 30 seconds to form curls, then let hair air-dry, or use the diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer to keep the coils from separating.
Pigtail braids can seem too Pollyanna. Take your cue from Hollywood—where young starlets have mastered the style—and start the braids below your ears, with plenty of slack up top.
Loop It Up
Pull hair back into a low, slightly off-center ponytail, then loosely twist the tail upward and secure with an elastic (ideally one with a knob or decorative bit on it) so the ends stick out.
When choosing a headband, consider your face shape: Round faces look best with a flat band, heart-shaped with a thin one, and oval faces with a thicker band.
1. Spritz damp hair with a thickening spray, and blow-dry hair upside down until it’s halfway dry.
2. Flip it back up, and finish drying while rolling three-inch sections around a large round brush—this will create big, bouncy waves.
3. Gently tease the crown, and mist the roots with more thickening spray.
4. Pull it all up—without a part—to the middle of the back of your head, and wrap an elastic around the base.