6 Easy Updos To Wear All Summer Long

Hair is definitely having a '70s-esque, long-and-down bohemian moment. Devoted to that as we are, there's also a perennial summer hair mandate that can't be ignored: You have to wear it up! Sophisticated but still accessible, an easy updo works for both a night out or a cute, keep-you-cool look. And, as a welcome change of pace from last year's ubiquitous top-knot, we've discovered some versatile updos that feel fresh. Just a few little tweaks and a traditional style is effortlessly revamped into a perfect, wear-it-now 'do—think romantic braids, easy waves, beachy buns, and elegantly messy twists. So, go ahead, summer; get all hot and steamy! We're ready.

Light and Airy—Rodney Cutler went for an airy updo at the Tadashi Shoji spring '11 show: Start by applying a texturizing spray to dry hair. Create a side-part, then pull hair back into two ponytails, one on top of the other (leaving the top section out). Apply a pomade to the top section, and curl hair starting at the roots in diagonal sections with a 1" curling iron. Brush out the top section to create waves. Twist the two ponytails together into a loose bun at the back and secure with bobby-pins.
Sultra The Bombshell 1", $130, available at Sephora; Redken Spray Starch, $17, visit Redken for salon locations; Philip B Shinade Pomade, $26, available at Philip B; Tadashi Shoji spring '11 images courtesy of Cutler.

Garden Party—Soft and romantic, stylist Odile Gilbert created chiffon-looped braids for Jason Wu's spring '11 show. Start by applying a smoothing product to damp hair to tame flyaways and frizz. Next, create a side-part and blow dry hair straight. Separate dry hair into four sections, tie a long ribbon or piece of fabric around the top of each section, and braid (leaving excess fabric at the bottom of each braid). Spray each braid with hairspray for hold, then collect the braids and tie the extra fabric at the end of each into a bow. Bring the braids up to the nape and secure with pins. Finish with hairspray.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, $24, available at Aveda; Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray, $26, available at Aveda; Jason Wu spring '11 images courtesy of Aveda.


On the Side—At Chanel's fall '11 show, stylist Sam McKnight whipped up a textured side bun balanced by long, angled pieces in front. Get the look by creating a side-part, then spray texturizing product onto dry hair. Pull hair into a side ponytail and tease for texture. Then roll hair into a bun and pin. Let the hair swoop across in the front and add a pin or flower to the bun if desired.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $39, available at Oribe; Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray, $2.74, available at Target; Conroy & Wilcox Fern Barrette, $175, available at Conroy & Wilcox; Chanel fall '11 images by Vincent Lappartient.

French with a Twist—At Michael Kors Fall 2011, stylist Orlando Pita whipped a French twist with natural texture. Start with a middle part and twist hair around and up and pin. Let the ends stick out to add to the messy, undone feel.

Malin + Goetz Hair Pomade, $20, available at Malin + Goetz; L'Oreal Paris Studio Mega Max Hold Hairspray, $3.47, available at Walmart; Michael Kors fall '11 images by Lisa Schweitzer for Stylelist.

Slippery When Wet—Stylist Neil Moodie created a beach-inspired, texturized look for the Ruffian spring '11 show, and luckily, this style is far from complicated: Apply Bumble's Straight to damp hair to give it that extra wet look, then add gel for hold. Create a side part, then, using just your fingers, pull the hair back into a ponytail and twist into a chignon. Secure with bobby-pins.
Bumble and bumble Straight, $26, available at Bumble and bumble; Bumble and bumble Bb.Gel, $25, available at Bumble and bumble; Ruffian spring '11 images courtesy of Bumble and bumble.

Retro-Chic—Inspired by the 1940s, stylist Paul Hanlon went for a Rita Hayworth-esque wave for Philosophy spring '11. At the show, Hanlon curled the entire head, then set the hair in pin-curls. For an easier DIY, start by applying a volumizing mousse, then blow dry hair smooth with a round brush. Pull hair back into a low ponytail or bun. Keep a side swept section out in front and curl the front section with a curling iron. Lightly brush the front curl (or use your fingers) to soften the wave. Finish with hairspray.
Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray, $3.99, available at Walgreens; T3 1.25" Curling Iron $99, available at Sephora; Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $26, available at Sephora; Philosophy spring '11 images courtesy of TIGI.