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Summer Hairstyles That Defy Humidity: 9 Pretty, Easy Looks

Forget about misbehaving kids; it’s your hair that gets most out of control in the summer. Humidity makes curls wig out and straight hair lie flat and play dead. Meanwhile, the last thing you want to do is spend time styling your strands — the pool/beach/BBQ/running through the sprinkler with your kids await.

Help has arrived: simple ideas from a celeb stylist that’ll fight humidity and make your hair look seriously good, with minimal bother. “These styles are low-maintenance, easy to do, chic and sexy,” says Moulay Yacoubi, a celeb stylist based in New York City who’s been featured on Bravo’s Shear Genius, CBS, FOX and E!

Moulay’s done the hair of stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell and Gisele — and now here’s here to do yours.

Photo credit:  Flickr/love Maegan


  • The Fishtail Braid 1 of 16
    The Fishtail Braid
    Why it rocks: "It's my favorite summer look!" says Moulay. "It's beyond sexy. It's like you have an accessory — but it's your hair! And it's actually easy to do."
    What to do: "Comb your hair, pull it back to either side and secure at the nape with a hair tie," says Moulay. Divide your hair, holding half in each hand. Then take a look at this photo tutorial. If you want, adds Moulay, "Gently tug the weave open for a cool 'butterfly' effect."
  • Casual Waves 2 of 16
    Casual Waves
    Why it rocks:
    Humidity doesn't stand a chance against these well-formed waves that are super-soft and sexy (not crunchy).
    What to do: While hair's wet, apply a dime-size dab of gel, serum or oil throughout. (Moulay actually uses JOHNSON'S Baby Oil.) Twist small sections of hair. Let air dry, then run your fingers through.
  • Casual Waves 3 of 16
    Casual Waves
    Why it rocks: Humidity doesn't stand a chance against these well-formed waves that are super-soft and sexy (not crunchy).
    What to do: While hair's wet, apply a dime-size dab of gel, serum or oil throughout. (Moulay actually uses JOHNSON'S Baby Oil.) Twist small sections of hair. Let air dry, then run your fingers through.
  • The Headband Pull-Back 4 of 16
    The Headband Pull-Back
    Why it rocks: Show off your bone structure, baby!
    What to do: If you're in the mood, use hot rollers just at the top of your hair to add volume. Remove after 30 minutes, finger fluff, then slip on a headband. Or just go for the headband! Try one of the cute new wired kind, like this one from Modcloth.
  • The Low Pony 5 of 16
    The Low Pony
    Why it rocks: "It's really chic," says Moulay.
    What to do: Slick gel or oil through your hair, comb back, secure at the nape of your neck with an elastic band that matches the color of your hair. Done! Tip: If you ever have hair goop O.D., rub a bit of baby powder between your palms, run through hair and brush out — it'll absorb the extra oil.
  • The High Pony 6 of 16
    The High Pony
    Why it rocks: It's pretty, totally low-maintenance, "And it'll keep you cool by getting your hair off your neck and shoulders," says Moulay.
    What to do: Flip your head upside down, gather hair, come back up and secure with a toward your crown. Tease the 'tail a bit for volume, and nail strays with bobby pins.
  • The Low Pony 7 of 16
    The Low Pony
    Why it rocks: "It's really chic," says Moulay.
    What to do: Slick gel or oil through your hair, comb back, secure at the nape of your neck with an elastic band that matches the color of your hair. Done! Tip: If you ever have hair goop O.D., rub a bit of baby powder between your palms, run through hair and brush out—it'll absorb the extra oil.
  • The High Pony 8 of 16
    The High Pony
    Why it rocks: It's pretty, totally low-maintenance, "and it'll keep you cool by getting your hair off your neck and shoulders," says Moulay.
    What to do: Flip your head upside down, gather hair, come back up and secure with a toward your crown. Tease the 'tail a bit for volume, and nail strays with bobby pins.
  • The Loose French Twist 9 of 16
    The Loose French Twist
    Why it rocks: "It's a sultry twist on the classic bun," says Moulay.
    What to do: When hair's dry, comb back the part around your scalp. Now do the same with a brush, but this time brush all hair backward. Gather at the nape, twist loosely inward and up as shown, then secure with bobby pins.
  • The Loose French Twist 10 of 16
    The Loose French Twist
    The loose French twist Why it rocks: "It's a sultry twist on the classic bun," says Moulay.
    What to do: When hair's dry, comb back the part around your scalp. Now do the same with a brush, but this time brush all hair backward. Gather at the nape, twist loosely inward and up as shown, then secure with bobby pins.
  • Old-time Glam 11 of 16
    Old-time Glam
    Why it rocks: It takes just a little effort and it's a whole lot of gorgeous.
    What to do: "Take a section of hair and wrap around a hot roller," says Moulay. "Continue until all your hair's in rollers. After 20 to 30 minutes, remove them, let hair completely cool, then gently brush out curls with a paddle brush."
  • Old-Time Glam 12 of 16
    Old-Time Glam
    Why it rocks: It takes just a little effort and it's a whole lot of gorgeous.
    What to do: "Take a section of hair and wrap around a hot roller," says Moulay. "Continue until all your hair's in rollers. After 20 to 30 minutes, remove them, let hair completely cool, then gently brush out curls with a paddle brush."
  • The Side Braid 13 of 16
    The Side Braid
    Why it rocks: Pretty and easy — you just can't mess up.
    What to do: Comb hair to one side, make a braid, and secure with a band.
  • The Side Braid 14 of 16
    The Side Braid
    Why it rocks: Pretty and easy—you just can't mess up.
    What to do: Comb hair to one side, make a braid, and secure with a band.
  • The Braided Chignon 15 of 16
    The Braided Chignon
    Why it rocks: It's simply sexy.
    What to do: Secure hair at your nape with a band. Divide into three sections and braid. Flip over the braid, wind it around, pin to your scalp and prepare for compliments!
  • The Braided Chignon 16 of 16
    The Braided Chignon
    Why it rocks: It's simply sexy.
    What to do: Twist two pieces of hair from behind both ears, pin at the back of your head. Grab the rest your hair, make a pony, secure with a band. Now make a braid, wind it around your head, pin to your scalp and prepare for compliments!

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