Summer days are long and summer nights can be even longer. Your hair and makeup should last just as long as your plans!
But things can go awry. Styles can wilt and melt like midday makeup. Feeling and looking like a sweaty mess in the middle of the day is the worst, so here are four tips to keep those days at bay.
TIPS TO KEEP THINGS LASTING ALL DAY
- Go for a style that can last.
Braids, buns and ponytails are great options for long hair. They look neat, are low-maintenance and can keep hair off your neck–a great bonus for hot and humid days!
For medium-length or shorter, use accessories to secure your hair. Use a headband to tuck hair into place and set and secure with hairspray and hairpins. Hair scarves and bandanas can also be used–either to tie your hair back or disguise some unsightly magic, care of an army of bobby pins.
If you enjoy wearing your hair loose, keep a scarf or hair tie close at hand if you want to pull your hair back.
- Hairspray check, 1, 2.
Did you use something to set? If you’re fighting heat and humidity (and sweat), you’ve got to give your hair a fighting chance! If hairspray isn’t your thing, use a pomade or gel with a texture you will enjoy.
Make sure you’re also using clips, ties and pins. And don’t forget to bring a few with you, just in case!
- Troubleshoot humidity (and frizz).
Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair, such as transforming you into a frizzball. It can also transform straight hair back into its natural form.
Beyond embracing your natural texture, you can also use the right towels (or a t-shirt) to air dry your hair and use frizz-busting products. These can include styling serums before you use your favourite hair straightener or hair curler and frizz-busting shampoos and conditioners.
Summer hair can be high-maintenance. UV rays, heat, and days on the beach or poolside can take a toll on your hair. Styling your hair under these conditions can be difficult, at best.
Use a hair mask treatment weekly, or more frequently, if your hair is more on the damaged end of the spectrum.
WHAT’S THE SCENARIO?
Beach days are fairly easy. If you want waves for days, work with the ocean and let the natural saltwater do its thing. Just scrunch your hair occasionally as it dries to achieve those easy, loose curls.
Low-maintenance is best here. Braids or ponytails will fare better than buns, which can look ratty after a few dance sessions. Bring some dry shampoo, or texturizer, for touch-ups or for styling the following day.
Midday patio breaks
Finding a work-appropriate look that is also appropriate for the weather can be difficult, depending on how formal your job.
This slightly brushed out look can work for meetings and can be temporarily pinned back during a lunch at the patio. Release your hair from its confines the minute you step into your air-conditioned office.