Friday, July 11, 2008

Cosmo's 4 Sexy Summer Hairstyles

I was e-mailed this from someone over at Hearst Publications and thought I would post it.

Summer is not the time for complicated, overly-done hairstyles. You can still look amazing with a carefree, unstructured do, it conveys that you are laid-back but still glamorous. Below are four easygoing yet luxe hair styles for the hot days of summer.

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Sexy Summer Hairstyles

Boho Braid

To create this look: distribute smoothing cream through damp hair, then blow-dry using a round brush. Make a deep side part. Take three sections from the part area and French braid across your hairline (leave some strands out near the front to weave in), says Adam Reed, the artistic director for Charles Worthington, who created this look. Secure with an elastic. Keep your unbraided tresses bouncy with a curl-reviving spray.

Casual-Chic Upsweep

A perfectly polished coif looks stiff with summer's carefree dresses and vibe. This one is glam in a worn-in kind of way. To create this look: Mist dry hair with a flexible-hold hair spray, then curl large sections of your mane using a wide-barrel iron.

Use a comb to tease your roots at the crown of your head, says Paris hairstylist Odile Gilbert, who created this look. Gently smooth out the top section of the teased area using a brush. Gather three-quarters of your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a pretty accessory, like this flower barrette.

The Tumbling Bun

A messy updo is the ultimate style when you want to keep your tresses out of your face but still look sexy. This undone version will last all night. To create this look: Scrunch a curl-enhancing mousse into damp locks, then let them air-dry, says Vivian Perez, a NYC stylists who created this look.

Gather your hair into a loose, low ponytail but don't pull it all the way through the elastic the last time you wrap it around, so it forms a loop. Leave out a few face-framing strands. Curl the front fuzziness.

Untamed Tresses

To create this look: Mist a thickening spray all over damp hair, then blow-dry while tousling with your fingers, says Perez.

Once your hair is dry, twirl random pieces around your finger, then wrap the twisted section around a curling iron. Don't coil up the top two inches closest to the roots, says Perez. Shake out all of the curls so they look extra piecey.

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