Monday, May 14, 2012

{beauty} easy summer hairstyles

Who cares what the calendar says... it is officially SUMMER in Florida!

Sweltering, humid days and nights... nothing quite like it.
With the intense FL summer heat comes lots and lots of hair and makeup frustrations.

Two things about my hair:

A) It is L-O-N-G.

B) I have no idea how to do anything to my hair except blow-dry, straighten, and curl it.
Check out the tutorial I used to learn how to get soft curls - it is extremely helpful!

I will be working outside at a summer camp during some of the hottest months out of the entire year coming up shortly. I knew that I needed to find some ponytail and braid styles that were quick, easy, and durable. Since I will be playing with kids outside quite a bit, I want to make sure that my hair is off of my neck and back and out of my face. I have learned that practice makes perfect when it comes to new hairstyles, so I searched Pinterest & Real Simple's websites, and set out to try out a few new styles.

Click on the source links beneath the photos to visit the original websites!

The "Rainy Day" Style:

{source - Real Simple}

Directions: To get this look, you must first pull your hair into a low ponytail. Divide your ponytail into two sections. Take the first section and wind it into a bun. Pin with a few bobby pins. Take the other section and repeat. Add a fun headband to complete the look.

My experience: This style was easy to put together, but I had to use a lot of bobby pins to hold up my long, thick hair. It didn't feel too terribly secure. Word of advice: Don't try to twist your hair section before creating the bun. The hair will be too thick and heavy, and will likely stretch out your bobby pin. I have no idea if this makes sense to anyone but me, but I think you will see what I mean! 

Verdict: I think I will definitely rock this look sometime, but probably not at summer camp. Also, I kind of think that the original poster has shorter hair, making the buns a bit neater looking.

The Double Braided Bun Style:

{source - Join the Mood}

Directions: Follow the photo tutorial. She did a great job displaying the steps!

My experience: This was a very easy hairstyle to put together quickly. Note to self: invest in tiny clear hair ties. My normal sized lime green one totally showed!

Verdict: I will definitely wear my hair like this to summer camp. It is extremely secure and cuter than a normal bun. I looove that it keeps all of my hair out of my face and off of my neck.

Follow my Style - Hair & Makeup board on Pinterest to see more styles I want to try.

I do not know how to utilize hair products at all...
Now that I am a college graduate, I think it is time I learn. :)

Question of the day: What is your favorite summer hairstyle?

xo, Jen


  1. I love those styles! I need to mix it up more for the summer.

  2. Perfect post! I am playing around with a bunch of hairstyles for my prom this Saturday. I am quickly realizing how thick my hair is. I tried the braided bun and it just won't stay. The soft curls look is super cute and might work for me though! (:

  3. I can't braid my own hair, but I've definitely taken advantage of being home & having Mom do it for me! She did the Katniss braid for my road trip to South Carolina. I want to try that second style next! I especially love the bow. I recently watched a movie from the '60s and the girls had their bows underneath their buns the same way.

  4. That 2nd hairstyle is adorable!! I love the bow :)

    During the summer I tend to live in french braids. They are just too simple!

  5. omg thank you for sharing!
    This post is amazing! :)


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