These Hairstyles Will RULE Summer

This post was originally published on May 12, 2014. We count S.F.’s proximity to nature and the adventurous activities that go along with it among our many obsessions. And, we aren’t the only ones: On any given day, you’re bound to catch throngs of folks battling everything from the sharp Ocean Beach waves to fog-filled hiking trails in an attempt to get their fitness on while taking in the awe-inspiring backdrops of the Bay. But, one thing we loudly lament in this process? Mother Nature’s ability to take our tresses from fab to flat in a heartbeat — one gust of wind and...kaput.
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So, we tapped S.F. beauty guru Katie Nash to show us how to streamline those pesky flyaways and maximize your mane for specific activities, so you can focus on what really matters — staying sporty. From a style made for surfing to a yogi-approved updo, these must-try creations will make those outdoor activities a breeze.
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If you're going: Climbing
Swoop your locks aside, and keep those pesky bangs at bay while you boulder and climb your heart out. You'll be ready for any adventure with this, um, rockin' style.
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Start by creating a deep side-part.
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Begin to braid the front section across the forehead, and secure at the temple with a bobby pin.
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Gather the remaining hair, and pull toward the side of the head with the braid. Begin braiding the loose hair.
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Continue braiding all the hair together, and secure with an elastic band.
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And — bam! — a style that reaches new heights.

Model Whitney Black wears Without Walls Tie-Dye Dropped Arm Shirt, $28, available at Without Walls.
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If you're going: Biking
Zooming around on two wheels is the transport du jour in S.F., and naturally, you want to get from point A to point B without looking like a sweaty mess. This tucked-under-your-helmet 'do will get you to your destination stress-free, and your safety gear preserves the structure of your style, too.
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Section out the front sides of the hair from the ear forward, and secure the remaining hair in the back into a low ponytail.
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Take a one-inch section on the front right side of the head, and pull it back over the ponytail, crossing over from right to left. Secure with a bobby pin.
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Grab a one-inch section from the front left side, and cross it over the first strand, going from left to right. Secure with a pin.
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Continue the process until all the hair in the front has been used. There should be four to six sections.
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Gather all the loose ends from the sections, pull them together at the base of the ponytail, and secure with a second elastic band. Use your fingers to loosen the sections, and wrap a piece of hair from the ponytail around the elastic band to hide it.
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Ready to ride? With this 'do you can zip around effortlessly and look good doing it.

Model and yoga instructor Leigh Ferrara gets ready to hop on a Mosi Carolina Bicycle, $1,599, available at Mosi.
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If you're going: Surfing
Not only will this style keep your hair in check while you hang 10, but once you pop out of the ocean and your hair dries, you've got flowing mermaid locks. Win-win!
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Start by parting hair down the middle.
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Begin French-braiding the hair, starting at the center part and braiding backward.
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Continue the braid all the way down, and secure with an elastic band.
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Repeat on the opposite side. Use your fingers to pull and loosen the braids.
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Surf's up! We can really get on board this style.

Whitney Black gears up to hit the waves with an Almond Surfboard, $850, available at Oakland Surf Club and Indah Reversible Link Top, $92, available at Indah.
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If you're going: To yoga
Looking for an om-azing style that won't get in the way of your vinyasa? This one will do the trick. Perfect for all those bendy moves (by keeping your neck open), this 'do is a must for wheel pose and beyond.
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Start by parting hair in the middle.
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Continue twisting high along the crown of your head until you reach the back center; secure your twist against your head with bobby pins. (This will leave a loose tail at the back of your head.)
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Move the loose tail out of the way, and temporarily secure with a bobby pin before moving on to the left side. This will keep your fingers from getting tangled in the loose ends.
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Repeat the same crown twist on the other side. Once you reach the center back of the head, secure your twist with bobby pins, and then continue twisting the tail around the opposite side of your head, aligning it with your original twist. Tuck ends under, and secure with pins.
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Remove the temporary pin on the original tail, and continue twisting it, wrapping around your head and aligning with the crown twist. Tuck stray ends, and pin to secure.
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Now you can really get twisted!

Leigh Ferrera wears a Lululemon Cool Racerback Tank, $42, available at Lululemon.
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If you're going: Hiking
Be a trailblazer with this easy-peasy pulled-back 'do. It's great for hitting the hills and battling any gust Karl the Fog throws your way.
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Start by pulling the top third of the hair back into a ponytail.
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Separate the above-elastic portion of the ponytail in half, creating a small hole.
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Flip hair through the ponytail, and tighten.
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Grab a two-inch section below the original ponytail, and repeat the whole process, flipping hair through. The tails should be stacked, one directly above the other. You can stop here or, if you have thick or long hair, add one more flipped ponytail below.
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Let's hit the trails!
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