Oct 17, 2012 06:29PM
Written by Kristin CloseThe last thing a woman wants on her day off is a knot of sunscreen-saturated, greasy, sand-filled hair. Whether on the beach or in the water, a woman’s hair should always have flare.
The ponytail is everyone’s go-to hair style. Here are three ways to update your ponytail:
Pump it Up
You don’t have to do the Jersey Shore Snooki poof, but if you tease your hair at the crown before pulling it back you will give your hair a little life.
The Super High Style
A super high pony that sits on the top back of your head may make you feel cheerleader-like, but it will give you an instant perk-up. Your hair will bounce freely and swish with every step.
Braid Your Bangs
If you have side-swept bangs, a quick, easy way to keep them out of your face is to braid them into your ponytail. Start a French braid from the hairline and continue to the base of the ponytail. Or braid the front section and pin it back with bobby-pins.
First aide for your braid:
Gather your hair underneath one ear and braid normally.
Gather your hair underneath one ear and fishtail braid.
The French braid
Either you can do a single French braid in the middle of your head or do French braid pigtails.
Four ways to get summer beach waves without hitting the sand:
Using salt spray is an easy way to get natural waves. Spray a little (less is more) onto dry or damp hair then cup some ends in your hand and scrunch up to your roots.
Three Barrel Curling Irons
Three barrel curling irons or “waving irons” can also get your beach waves. Separate your dry hair into sections. Start close to the roots, clamp down and hold for a few seconds, move down that section of hair and repeat. Finish with a holding spray.
To try to get this look without having to purchase additional products, wash your hair and section it into two equal parts, then twist and wrap damp hair into two or four low buns (smaller sections will give you smaller waves). This is best to do at night, after getting out of the shower, since your hair should be dry by the time you wake up in the morning. When you wake up in the morning, undo the buns and lightly brush through your hair with your fingers. You can apply salt spray and scrunch if you wish in order to give your waves more definition. To make your own salt spray: mix three teaspoons of epsom salt, three squirts of water-based hair gel, and four ounces of tap water.
Try loosely braiding your damp hair before you go to sleep.