Spending time sitting poolside this summer is an absolute must! Whether you’re kicking it with your kids or girlfriends, taking care of yourself and dressing up your look with an iconic hairstyle will leave you feeling cool and confident all summer long. Check out my top 5 favorite summer styles below, and don’t forget to let me know which one you’re rocking this year!
1. Boxer Braids
Looking for a relaxed style that will keep the hair out of your face? Boxer Braids are for you! This effortless look is created by making two French braids split by the middle part. First you’ll start at the hairline, work your way down to the back of the head, and finally finish up the strands at the end. Secure with a hair tie or use one of my personal favorite methods, the elastic hair ties! These will help hide any bulky hair ties and still keep your hair secure and summer ready.
2. Messy Ponytail
To my Sporty Spice girls, this one is for you! We all know the summer heat can be a killer for our favorite hairstyles, but this one will keep you confident and cool while you hit the gym, AND the pool! You’ll start by adding some beach waves into your hair while it is down, emphasizing texture by teasing the top layers a bit with your tail comb. Once you hair is ready to rock with its waves, pull all of your hair back to the top of your crown and secure with a damage free hair elastic. You’ll finish off this look by using your tail comb to tease any additional pieces for more volume, but be sure to be gentle! If you want some of those face framing pieces, use the end of your tail comb to sweep out some strands.
3. Fishtail Pony
You all know I love nothing more than a fishtail braid, especially when it involves my clip-in extensions! Start by dividing whatever part of your hair you want to fishtail into two sections. The key here is to take a small section of hair from one side and cross it over to the opposite side. I like to pull from the backside of a section of hair, cross it over the top, and join it with the other side. A little insider tip? Keep your small sections roughly the same size as you go so that your braid is symmetrical! Of course, as you get down toward the bottom of your hair, the braid will get thinner and your sections will get smaller and smaller. Secure your braid with an elastic hair tie, and you’re all done! Want some added volume? Pull your small pieces slightly apart to emphasize the detail of the braid and finish with hairspray.
4. Mermaid Hair + Scarf
You babes already know this is one of my favorite looks! Whether you’re rocking long locks or short hair don’t care, this style is perfect for that boho beach babe vibe! Think festivals, concerts, drive-in movies, and more! Start by styling your hair with a loose wave, and add a few baby braids in the front and sides of your hair to add some depth. Then, grab your favorite silk square scarf, folding in half to create a triangle. Once your scarf is folded into a triangle, you’ll want to take the long, seamless edge of the triangle and place it against your forehead. Finish off the look by tying a loose knot with the tail ends of the scarf at the back of your crown and there you have it! The boho beach babe level is unlocked!
5. Half-Up Bubble Braids
At last, but certainly not least, we have the half-up bubble braids! If you haven’t seen it yet, Iconic Expert Terra Harvell did an amazing tutorial on this look a few weeks back, and it couldn’t be easier to follow! To achieve this look, begin by parting your hair down the middle in two sections. Clip back the hair on whichever side you are not working with in order to keep it out of your face. Next, take a small section of hair from the top of your part, and create a mini ponytail secured with an elastic hair tie. Pick up the hair underneath your mini ponytail and secure it to the first ponytail you completed with an additional elastic hair tie. Continue to work your way down the back of the head until you have achieved about 3-4 bubbles, and secure with a damage-free elastic and bobby pin. Finish off this look with your favorite hairspray for extra security!
That’s it for now! Don’t forget to tag me in your style pics on Instagram, with @XoBrittAldean and use #XoBrittBabe for a chance to be featured!
Xo Britt 💋