3 Ways To Style Your Hair Without A Blowdryer

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When your cutout frock starts to feel like a sweaterdress, the last thing you want to do is use hot tools. Not only is all that effort going to go to waste — oh, the humidity — but you're just going to end up even hotter. Thankfully, we've got three looks that are easily done when all you really want to do is nothing.

Ahead, hairstylists Rudy Martins and Tiffany Patton break down each one with nothing more than a little backcomb here, a little twist there, and zero — count 'em, zero — hot tools. Not only do they get your hair off your neck, but they're totally DIY-able with a few styling stars from Sephora.

Still hot? Not for long.

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Loop De Loop
Braids are no-fail warm-weather staples. They're as easy to pull off in the office elevator as they are in front of the vanity, and there are just so many ways to play around with them. Read on to see how Martins amps up a basic braid with a loop to help keep your neck cool without compromising style.
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Start with a light layer of anti-frizz spray all over your hair. It'll help keep the frizz at bay as you style, and you'll need the extra grip that the product gives you to hold your braid and anchor your loop.
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Smooth all your hair over to the left side of your head, and then grab a small section of hair from behind your left ear. Lightly tease with a boar-bristle brush from the ends to the roots. This gives your braid a sturdy foundation to pin your loop to, says Martins.
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Smooth out the topmost layer of the backcombed section, and then create a simple three-strand braid from your ear to the ends of your hair. Secure with a clear elastic.
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Now, grab the end of your braid and create a loop, pinning the plait to the anchored section by your ear. Secure with two crisscrossed bobby pins.
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Give it another once-over with anti-frizz spray for extra sleekness, and keep this hairstyle on loop all season.
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Beach Tease
Yes, it's summer, but not all of us end up at the beach every weekend. Our goof-proof way of pretending we did, come Monday? A textured pony that epitomizes "fake it 'til you make it." This hairstyle requires some prepping overnight, but when it ends up looking this good, what's an extra five minutes in your p.m. beauty routine?
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To get this look, create three sections — one by your crown, one in the middle of your head, and one at the nape of your neck. Twist each section up, up, and away, so you can work on the bottommost one first.
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Create a simple three-strand braid with the bottom section — making it tighter or looser according to how textured you want your ponytail to end up. Secure the ends with an elastic.
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Then, braid the middle section and finally the top. Creating three braids at different heights on your head gives you realistic, uneven-on-purpose texture, so you don't wind up with waves that look too done.
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Sleep on the braids overnight, and in the morning, take out each section starting from the bottom. Rake through and break 'em up using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Just be careful of brushing out too much or your hair might end up looking frizzy and poufy instead of textured and defined.
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For surfer-girl waves without the dreaded stiffness and crunch, mist hair all over with an oil- and salt-infused spray. Working with the texture you got from the braids, start from the ends and scrunch upward, suggests Patton.
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Then, gather all of your hair back into a ponytail just below the crown, and secure with an elastic.
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To finish the look, grab a small section of hair from the bottom of your pony and wrap it around the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin, and add a few extra spritzes of wave spray for more volume and definition.

With this look, everyone will think you spent a day at the beach — even if you were nowhere near that golden sun and sand.
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Up High
When heat and humidity make everything limp, try your hand at a hairstyle with mad height, like this voluminous ponytail. It looks pretty standard at first, but be on the lookout for a small twist that changes everything, ahead.
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Start with a volumizing and texturizing spray all over your hair, focusing on the roots for that coveted height. After a healthy spritz, comb through to evenly distribute the product.
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Then, section off the top of your hair from your hairline to your crown.
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Tease this section with a boar-bristle paddle brush. Holding the section vertically, run the brush on the underside from the ends down to the roots just two or three times. Doing it any more than that will leave you with a tangled and knotted mess.
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Then, create three more sections at the back of your head — two on the sides by your ears and one right in the middle. Secure the middle section into a low ponytail, right above the nape of your neck. Smooth the topmost layer of the crown section, and lay it over your ponytail.
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Now, twist each side section back toward your ponytail. You can do each twist one at a time, pinning them down to work with later, or you can do both twists at the same time if you're feeling nimble.
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Once your twists feel taut, pull them backwards to wrap them around the base of your ponytail. Secure the twists into the base with a few bobby pins.
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And, that's it — a pumped up, twisted pony that even summer can't beat down.
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