Summer Updo How-To

By Woman's Day Staff

Woman with hair in a bunWoman with hair in a bun

Swept Away

Have the summer heat and humidity declared war on your hair? You could simply surrender and resign yourself to month after month of ponytails. Or, by following a few simple steps, you can sport this showstopping chignon, courtesy of New York City salon owner and Aveeno stylist Patrick Melville. Photo credit: Keith Lathrop


1. Create volume

Part your hair in a new place: If you usually part on the left side, try the right; if in the middle, try the side. This results in fullness around the crown, giving the style a bit of height. If your hair is very thin or fine, spritz on a root-lifting spray before you make a part. Photo credit: Image Source Black
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2. Pull hair back

Gently gather your hair into a loose, low ponytail (leaving a few strands around your face free) and secure it with an elastic hairband. To create a soft, wavy look with the face-framing pieces, wrap them from root to end around a 2-inch curling iron and hold for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently break up the curls so they fall naturally.

3. Form a bun

Twist your ponytail clockwise until it tightens and wraps in on itself, becoming a bun. Hold it in place with bobby pins and a light mist of hairspray.
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Tips and Tricks

We asked... you answered: What's your go-to summer hairstyle?

"I pull my hair back into a ponytail, loop it around the base and pull the ends through the center so it resembles a knot." - ANA HERBERT, PROVIDENCE, RI

"For a sleek look, I slick back my hair with a lightweight gel, then put it in a ponytail." - DEBORAH DURHAM, NEW YORK CITY

"I love a braided bun. Gather hair at the nape of your neck, braid it, then twist it into a bun." - TONIA HOLLOWAY, PHOENIX

"I keep a silk scarf tied to my purse so I always have it on hand to sweep back my hair and get it off my face." - KATE SMITH, ARLINGTON, VA
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In the summer, hair grows 10% faster. Increased blood flow, which helps your body cool down in hot weather, also stimulates hair growth.

SOURCE: Francesca Fusco, MD, New York City dermatologist for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy

Hair Helpers

Spritz onto wet or dry hair to give it longer-lasting oomph. The genius precision nozzle allows you to apply it only where you want it. Samy Fat Hair "0" Calories Root Lifter Spray, $7.99; at Walgreens stores

This quick-dry spray has touch-activated polymers that increase volume as you work the product into your hair. Sally Hershberger Major Body Volumizing Style Boost, $12.50; at CVS stores

When twisted into your bun, one of these spiral-shaped "pins" (in light or dark) does the holding job of 20 bobby pins. Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $7.29; at Walmart stores
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