As much as we would love to rock intricate coiffs or gorgeous, loose waves every day of the week, getting regular blowouts just doesn't fit into our schedules/budgets/lives. With that in mind, we're always on the lookout for new, easy-to-do ways to tame our tresses…on the cheap. For a summer solution, we tapped Jen McGann, Director of Cosmetology at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, to show us two creative 'dos perfect for battling the heat.
Try the braided updo for a brunch with your girlfriends and rock the sleek-and-stunning pony for a hot night out in the city. Both are surprisingly easy—and fool-proof—to DIY. Click through for the simple steps, and get ready to strut your stuff.
Photographed by Stephanie Bassos