Hello, 🐞 lovebug. Someone on my Facebook feed kindly reminded me yesterday that there are officially 20 weeks left until Christmas, to which I was like, “Woman, you’re cray!” It’s 80+ degrees outside, and I’m not ready to think about roasting chestnuts on an open fire…which I’ve never done before, BTW, but it sounds hella dangerous, especially while wearing hair styling products, because I’m not about to spontaneously combust over roasted nuts…
Which brings us to summer hair and easy summer hair styles.
As you know, I’ll do almost anything in the name of le beauté, but who wants to stand in front of a hot hair dryer while it’s broiling outside? I love a marvelous mane as much as the next girl, but these are the dog days of summer. I’d like to avoid sweating more than necessary, thanks very much.
Over the next four days, I’ll be showcasing some totally doable everyday hair styles that don’t require heat styling tools, and I’ll be using some of my favorite products from Oribe.
Say it with me: “OAR-bae.”
Today is all about “the braid.” It’s simple, chic and easily my top summer fave because…have you ever noticed that it doesn’t really matter what type of braid you do — fishtail, French braid, Dutch braid, etc. — as long as you do something, people usually notice and give you props for it, even if the braids are messy as hell (a.k.a. my style!)? LOL! It’s so true, though!
For today’s plait…
1. Start with a shampoo and conditioning sesh
I’m using Gold Lust (the LOVE OF MY LIFE) Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner because I have demi-permanent hair color at the moment, and this particular pairing gets everything super clean without stripping my color.
2. Towel dry that ‘do
Blot or squeeze the excess water out, and avoid aggressively rubbing your hair to minimize frizz. I also like to use a super water-absorbent towel to help reduce the drying time.
3. Prep, nourish and protect
It’s already August, and your hair may need some TLC after all of the sexytime summer fun you’ve been having, so do your hair a solid by working a restorative hair oil through your strands to moisturize and prep.
I do a squeeze or two of Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, a lightweight repairing hair serum for dry hair to moisturize and condition. Added bonus: it also has UV protection (a must for color-treated hair!). I massage it into my hair, concentrating most if it on the ends.
4. Part your hair down the middle, then do a Dutch or French braid on each side.
Leave about an inch of hair at the ends, because you’ll want that much to be straight for tomorrow’s style.
Yup, we’re planning ahead. 🙂
Oh, and if a Dutch braid or a French braid aren’t your thing, try a single fishtail or simple braid instead. Whatever’s easiest for you. It’s all good. We just want a little something to set you up for some waves.
5. Set your braids in place with a lightweight hairspray
Again, looking ahead, mist a lightweight, brush-able hair spray over your braids to prep your style for today AND tomorrow.
I used Free Styler Working Hairspray.
6. Admire your handiwork in the mirror, and get ready for tomorrow!
Before you go to bed, let your hair down, gently run your fingers through your waves to remove any knots, and hit the haaaaaay. Or, you can leave your braids in overnight. Totally up to you.
Braids to keep you looking and feeling cool all day, babe! Now your hair is ready for today AND tomorrow… Stay tuned!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,