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We've hit that tipping-point time of the year when it's just too damn hot to do things. Cooking, exercising, moving — those are all big fat nopes. But, perhaps the biggest no-no of all is heat-styling. When it's 80F-plus out, and the humidity levels are through the roof, the last thing any of us wants to do is blast our already overheated heads with the hot air of death otherwise known as a blowdryer. You're not welcome here either, curling iron and straightener. Beat it.
But, just because the thought of styling tools makes you want to stand in front of the AC and never leave, that doesn't mean you are doomed to a summer of lackluster hair. On the contrary — there are so many great products and techniques that make air-dried hair look just as good, if not better, than heat-styled hair.
We asked seven of our staffers, all with different hair types and lengths, to share their best heat-free hairstyling tips and tricks. Ahead, you'll find the secret to a blowdryer-free blowout, beachy waves a curling iron wishes it could do, and some of the shiniest, prettiest curls you've ever seen. And, each and every one of them is air-dried.
Read on to a discover a week's worth of heat-free hairstyles, then tell your hot tools you'll see 'em in September.
Photographed by Nicolas Bloise