Hot Tips for Hot-Weather Hairstyles

It's blazing hot. The air's thick with humidity and your hair's in total rebellion. What can you do when summer's mighty wrath wreaks havoc with your hair? We consulted with Tippi Shorter, celebrity stylist for Pantene, who gave us the hippest tips of the season. Whether your hair is short or long, wavy, curly or straight, here's how to treat it in superstar fashion even on hot, humid days.


For supershort hair, all you need is the right product.

With a short haircut, whether it's wavy or stick-straight, a body-building gel is all you need to maintain your style and keep your hair from going limp and flat. Take a dime-sized amount of gel, rub between your palms and apply to damp hair starting close to scalp and working your way to the ends. "Short hair loves gel," says Tippi, "because it's not looking for movement as much as control."


For medium-length hair, try twirling.

If you work with humidity you can really give your hair some movement and bounce. This summer, loose waves look great, and you can get them by literally twirling sections of damp hair into place with your fingers. Just shampoo and rinse. Part your damp hair in one-inch square sections, apply a defining product to the area and twirl hair in the same direction it naturally wants to go around your finger. Let it set for 10 minutes. When the hair dries you can "comb" your waves lightly with your fingers.


For long hair, try a runway-inspired ponytail.

If you have long hair, you can have fun with some of the summer's fashion-inspired ponytails. One of Tippi's favorites is the "Faux Hawk," which looks like a Mohawk from the front, and is pulled into a sleek ponytail in the back. Just take a section of hair from each temple, secure with bobby pins and smooth the rest into a sleek ponytail. Then take the hair that you pulled back from your temples with bobby pins, pull it straight up, tease it to your desired height and secure back down with the pins.


For straight hair, try a wide headband for a Jackie O look.

For naturally straight hair, Tippi loves the look of chic thick headbands this season. Just shampoo and dry hair upside down to add body, then choose a band at least two inches wide, place it on top of the head and secure it in the back with a bobby pin if you need to. It's also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo that won't place extra weight into the hair.


For curly to supercurly hair, try vintage-style hair combs.

Vintage-style hair combs add a distinct individuality to your look, and they're great for summer because they replace the need for jewelry. You can find them in hair specialty boutiques and vintage clothing stores. Just wear your hair full and curly and slide a comb in, which smoothes a portion of hair back behind your ear. For supercurly hair, you'll want to use a detangling product after shampooing.


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