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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