Avoid a summer hair don’t with three quick, easy styles

Salon Blu creative director Kathryn Hufnagel works on a summer hairstyle for Smart model Emily Faulks of Spring Garden Township (Photos by Kate Penn)

If your summer hair routine goes something like this: Wash hair, comb hair, pull hair back into ponytail and repeat — it’s time to shake things up.

For ideas, we turned to Kathryn Hufnagel, creative director at Salon Blu Studio of Design in Windsor Township.

“Your hair is your biggest accessory,” Hufnagel said. And just like you swap out your heavy winter wardrobe for light, bright spring fare when the seasons change, it’s smart to switch your hairstyle, too.

Hufnagel is always on the lookout for new hair trends. She finds inspiration anywhere from TV to people watching at the mall to visiting the L’Oreal Professionnel website, us.lorealprofessionnel.com.

She came up with three on-trend styles that will leave you looking -— and feeling — like a breath of fresh air on a hot summer’s day.

Don’t worry, you can still wear that ponytail sometimes — it does help combat all that heat and humidity, after all — and you won’t have to spend hours taming your tresses.

Whether you’re rushing out the door to work or rounding up toddlers at home, these styles all take fewer than 10 minutes to pull off and dial up the wow-factor.

Getting started

Kathryn Hufnagel

Each of these hairstyles began the same way:

Hufnagel recommends applying one to two pumps of an anti-frizz serum (she likes L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil) to damp hair to help reduce frizz.

Blow dry hair using the concentrator attachment, which helps direct air to one section of hair at a time.

For any type of upstyle, Hufnagel suggested spraying hair beforehand with a light anti-humidity hairspray. This helps “rough up” the hair so that it’s not as slippery and easier to style.

Curl large sections of hair using any size curling iron — keep in mind that curls don’t stay in as well when using irons with larger barrels. Start with the curling iron halfway down the section of hair you’re working with and curl in toward the back of your hair. Click the curling iron down through the section, distributing the heat evenly and preventing kinks at the end of the section.

Don’t worry about curling too much in the back of your head; just grab a few sections to achieve a fun, beachy style, Hufnagel said. The combination of curly and straight hair adds texture.

Side braids

Side braids

Braid the sections of your hair by each ear and pull to the back of your head.

Twist braids together and secure with an elastic ponytail holder.

Secure braids to your head using bobby pins.

Spray with medium-hold hairspray

High ponytail

High ponytail

Start with a quick, simple tease to the front of your head. Tease from behind and at the base, making sure not to do too much teasing on the very front section because that will be smoothed out later.

Use a bristle brush to pull sides of hair back evenly, working hands up slowly to a high ponytail and being careful not to brush out too much of the tease. Once the ponytail is where you want it (you should be able to see the top of the ponytail from the front of your head), secure with an elastic ponytail holder.

Use the pointed end of a comb to smooth out any pulls or bumps.

Tease a little at the top of the ponytail to add volume.

Spray with medium-hold hairspray

Twisted side ponytail

Twisted side ponytail

Grab a section of your hair from the “skinny side” of your part (the part with less hair) and twist hair in along the hairline, grabbing extra hair as you twist. For extra hold, use bobby pins to secure the twist ­— pushing pins up from the bottom then twisting them over and down.

Twist hair from the heavy side into the already-gathered hair and secure with an elastic ponytail holder. Leave some hair from around your bang area out for a messier look.

Wrap ponytail holder with a small section of hair from the ponytail and secure with a bobby pin.

Spray with medium-hold hairspray

About our model

Name: Emily Faulks
Age: 27
Lives in: Spring Garden Township
Occupation: Resident physician in surgery at York Hospital
Hair routine: Faulks goes for ease when styling her hair. “If I remember to shower in the morning, it’s a good day,” she said.
She doesn’t blow dry it and usually pulls it back into a low ponytail or bun at work. When she’s going out, she’ll wear it down.

If you go

Salon Blu Studio of Design
2983 E. Prospect Road, Windsor Township

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