6 Gorgeous Hairstyles To Wear All Summer Long

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Festival season is the time of year when you should do the most. To put it in perspective, people are paying upwards of $400 to listen to bands (or to not see Beyoncé) in the effing desert. You worked hard to get there, so you have every right to stand out — with or without a flower crown. Our suggestion? A rad new braid.
They don't just look cool. If you don't feel like buying minis of your shampoo and conditioner, they're a fuss-free way to avoid constant styling all weekend. And for my fellow naturalistas, the protective styles are impossible to sweat out, versus a blowout or bone-straight sew-in style. Scroll on for a dose of inspiration — but hurry, weekend one starts in just two days.
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Jumbo, Colorful Braids

Teyana Taylor is a mom-trepreneur who probably doesn't have time to sit in the braiding chair for five hours. Her jumbo box braids are cool, colorful, and typically don't take as long as the smaller ones do.
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A Dusty-Pink Side Braid

If you're going to be competing with glitter roots, sparkly undercuts, and whatever else these crazy kids come up with, you might as well do a dye job. A subtle side braid lets the color take center stage.
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Hidden Fishtail

If you don't want to commit to a dye job, brush on the color of your choice from your favorite eyeshadow palette.
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Albaso Braids

Jourdan Dunn, who's Jamaican, shared her teeny-tiny Albaso braids — a style indigenous to east Africa — tagged with "#DoItForTheCulture."
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Double Braided Buns

I mean, children are the future. This tiny tot had the right idea by finishing her plaits with fun buns.
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Flower Braids

Flower crowns take work, so skip 'em for now. Amp up your typical three-strand braids by twisting and pinning them into shapes. Watch the video above to see how it's done — and don't forget holding spray!
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