Styling Tips Just Right For Letting Your Hair Down

By Chandra Orr

March 7, 2008 5 min read


Styling tips just right for letting your hair down

By Chandra Orr

Copley News Service

Perfection is overrated.

Anyone who's laid eyes on a messy mane of windblown beach hair knows how sexy an unkempt coif can be. Think thick choppy layers, wild waves and carefree curls. This summer, it's all about maximum style with minimal effort.

"Forget perfect hair. Go for messy," said stylist Jet Rhys of the Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego. "Instead of fighting the natural textures of your hair, surrender to what you were born with."

Whether you're stepping out of the pool or stepping into the boardroom, a simple pared-down styling regimen is the key to getting through summer without feeling fried and frizzy.

"Summer is the time to give your hair a break with simple, carefree styles," Rhys said.

Instead, try these sultry summer dos styles and quick fixes for no-stress looks that work with your hair's natural tendencies:


- Curls: To tame frizz and keep curls in their place, Rhys recommends a regimen of Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscience Creme ($30). After a round of curl enhancing shampoo and conditioner, squeeze dry your hair, flip your head and work the product in from the roots to the tips while scrunching with your fingers. For added definition, twirl individual curls, scrunch and release. Don't touch that blow dryer! Let the summer heat do the work.

- Waves: Wave goodbye to boring. Start your day with a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. After towel drying, apply a conditioning serum. Rhys recommends Davines' Momo Serum ($20), which moisturizes, protects and defines curls. Use Velcro-style rollers to help define waves and spread them evenly throughout your hair.

- Straight: Easy does it, that's your motto. Because most straight hair falls into the oily-fine category, less is more when it comes to styling products. A few drops of leave-in conditioner go a long way. Later in the day, once your hair has dried, apply a styler for instant fullness, texture and movement. Rhys recommends Bumble and Bumble Hair Power ($20), which absorbs excess oil and creates a matte texture so hair clips and pins stay put.


- Style blindly. A few randomly placed hair clips work wonders when creating that just-got-back-from-the-beach look. Grab a handful of bobby pins and just start pinning without looking. Chances are you're a much better stylist than you thought - and no mirror means no obsessing over perfection.

- Bring the beach home. For wavy, textured hair that looks like you spent the day sunning in the surf and sand, mix 2 cups of warm water with 2 tablespoons of sea salt, pour the mixture into a spray bottle then mist onto hair.

- Keep a headband in your bag. Ultra-thin elastic headbands are all the rage this summer, but don't get too caught up in the perfect placement. Any way you wear it, a headband instantly adds shape and definition while keeping frizz and flyaways under control. Plus, they look great with any cut.

- Layer it on. If you have short hair, consider adding some choppy cropped layers for summer. Think Katie Holms, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham. Thick, heavy layers look great even when they aren't perfectly coiffed - just add a little dab of lightweight styling gel, tousle and go.

- Tie it up. A simple elastic band goes a long way. For a soft, slept-in look, gather your hair at the nape of your neck using your fingers to brush it back. Secure the loose, low-lying ponytail slightly off center for a playful look.

- Flip and fluff. It's a classic move, and for good reason. Flip your hair upside down, tousle with your fingers then flip your hair back over for a seductive, just-rolled-out-of-bed style boost. The more you tease and tousle, the wilder and wavier your mane.

- Try out a new part. For a quick update on an old do, part your hair on a diagonal or try a super-low side part.

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