3 Cool Ways To Style Your Hair In The Summer

Maybe you finally went for it this summer and chopped your locks. Or maybe you like it flowing below your shoulders. Either way, it's hot out there—and it's not just ladies with long hair who need some pulled-back styling options. So, as a testament the coolness of both longer locks and shorter 'dos, we rounded up three easy styles that take the heat off summer styling woes, no matter what your length. 
EDIT: We've altered the post after reading your comments. We apologize for misleading all the short-cropped girls out there—we promise there's a more relevant short hair piece in the works!
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Go Halvsies: Whether you have bangs or not, take a tip from the hair at Derek Lam's fall '11 show and slick the front of your hair into a sculptural, yet still easy look. All you need is a good coating of hairspray and some bobby-pins or a barrette to keep the style in place. 

Bumble and bumble Does It All hairspray, $25, available at Bumble and bumble; France Luxe Tubluar Long Barette, $16, available at France Luxe; Derek Lam fall '11 image courtesy of Estée Lauder. 
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Break Out The Braids: Shorter hair doesn't mean you can't try out some warm-weather braids. Stylist Dante Pronio of ION Studio recommends creating a braid from a deep side-part, "One that travels along the hairline, like a headband." He also recommends customizing the look by varying your part or trying different kinds of braids. "Also, try weaving some fabric or even a chain into the braid to make it more interesting. It's best to get some grip in the hair with a wax, or if you'd like something a little easier to apply, I like the Invisible Paste by Davines."

Davines Defining Invisible Paste, $22, visit Davines for salons. ; Lacoste spring '11 image courtesy of Redken. 
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The Rockabilly Quiff: Keep your edge but still stay cool by going for the masculine-inspired rockabilly quiff, like at Dolce & Gabanna's fall show. Stylist Guido Palau recommends prepping the hair with a generous amount styling wax to help get height. And though models sported a twist in back, anyone with shorter hair can slick the sides and keep stray hairs in place with a few bobby-pins. 

Redken Structure Wax 17 Classic Styling Wax, $17, visit Redken for locations; Goody Soho Bobby Slides, $4.49, available at Target; Dolce & Gabanna fall '11 image courtesy of Redken.