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Easy Do-It-Yourself Hairstyles for the Summer

Every time a celeb attends an event, they have a whole hair team crafting the perfect ‘do. But we, regular folks, don’t have that luxury. What we may have in common though, is that as soon as summer rolls in, our calendars tend to fill up with events we have to glam up for. Yes, we might treat ourselves to a salon blowout once in a while, but to visit the hairstylist for every birthday party, wedding and baby shower? It can get a little too much – time-wise and money-wise.

Believe it or not, you can achieve a sophisticated, “who did your hair?” look from the comfort of your own home. Our hair stylist, Janet Jackson, shared three easy and trendy hairstyles for any summer event:

LOOK 1: BALLOON PONYTAIL

Having your hair up during an outdoor event on a hot summer day is a good call. If you’re a fan of the standard ponytail, this is a cool way to take it up a notch. Section off the ponytail with elastics, then pull the hair outwards to achieve the balloon effect. Then tease each section and apply hairspray (Tip: use texturizing spray or powder to tame unwanted frizz). And voila – you’ve got yourself a Princess Jasmine-esque pony!

LOOK 2: SLICKED BACK

As of lately, the slicked back, wet hair look has been seen all over runways and red carpets. JLO, Zendaya and Sophie Turner are just a few stars who’ve rocked this style in the past and you can totally do it too! To get your hair to look wet, without looking over-gelled or greasy, use a setting lotion or mousse. Then, Janet recommends finishing off your fresh-out-the-shower look gel or pomade. If you don’t want your entire head to look wet, opt for a pomade, clay or working wax. Play it up by having two textures – the top can be slick and shiny while the bottom is crimped or curled.

LOOK 3: LOOSE TWIST

One way to soften the look of your typical, structured ponytail is by adding a twist to it, literally! Start by spraying texture spray starting at the base, then spraying throughout the hair to secure the ponytail. Anchor everything with hairpins, bobby pins or any other hair accessories. Feel free to have some fun with accessories – you can use pearls, flowers, or create an “x” formation with the pins!

For more amazing summer hairstyles, check out Janet’s segment on The Social at the link here!

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Are Ponytails Bad For Your Hair?

Ponytails are convenient and useful but is it also damaging?

Tight ponytails yank on the delicate hairs at the front of the scalp. These strands are the most susceptible to damage by traction (pulling) and over time they can fall out. While the hair loss is temporary, if you are addicted to ponytails and you especially wear them tight then you are putting your hair at more risk for permanent loss around the hairline. This could also happen when you wear your ponytail in the same spot as well.

Ways that you can still rock that ponytail with minimal damage is to:

Change the location-  whether you wear it at the crown, low, side, high, just make sure it’s not in that same location every time you wear a pony. You may not damage the roots but you can break the shafts.

Use the proper ponytail holders- fabric covered holders are great and reduce the chances of your hair getting snagged. If the elastic becomes exposed, toss it there is no point in keeping it. If you don’t toss it that same holder can end up in your purse as one of your back up ponytail holders and then you are in snag central.

A great idea is to use the flat elastic ribbon holders that have become more and more popular due to the benefit of distributing the tension, which their traditional counterparts lack.

Lastly, beauty is pain but do you really want a headache just so you can get the perfect top knot? If it’s too tight loosen it up. Maybe a messy bun will suffice. Or better yet wear it down. Let your scalp breathe every once and a while. Your nerves will thank you.

Do you know of anymore ways you can rock that fierce ponytail with minimal damage?

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