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Tips and Tricks | Cosmetology School LawrenceStress-Free Summer Hairstyles

Summer is officially here, which means warmer days, frequent swimming, and of course, frizzier hair. When it comes to an afternoon dip in the pool or a humid night spent outside, finding the perfect hairstyle to keep you cool and cute may seem challenging. Before you ditch the long hair and give up hope for looking good in the seasonal heat, check out some of our favorite stress-free summer hairstyles to combat the elements; we aren’t letting anything affect our Hot Girl Summer! Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lawrence, Kansas, have provided tutorials for these effortless styles below! 

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Frizz-Fighting Fishtail

A traditional fishtail braid is a stylish and stress-free way to style your hair this summer! You can rock this versatile look with wet hair or a fresh blowout and stay cool in the seasonal heat. Wear this hairdo for an afternoon lying by the pool or for a night out around the bonfire. No matter the occasion, you are sure to impress! To style this look: 

  1. Apply a few drops of styling oil to your hair, running it through the strands of your hair to prepare it for braiding. 
  2. Part your hair into a deep side part and gather all of your hair to your preferred side you wish the braid to fall. 
  3. Separate your hair into equivalent sections and begin crossing one smaller section from each side over into the other. 
  4. Be sure to pull each added section firmly before moving onto the next section!
  5. Continue braiding until you reach the bottom of your hair. 
  6. Secure with an elastic hair tie, and gently pull the braid strands gently apart to add dimension. 

Simple Slick Back

A simple slick back is perhaps the easiest hairstyle for summer. The only thing you need is a brush and some hair gel! Forget about flyaways or frizz with this look; your hair is sure to stay in place all day. To achieve this look: 

  1. Part your hair down the middle or to the side, depending on your natural part. 
  2. Comb your hair toward the back of your head with a soft bristle brush.
  3. Slick the front of your hair back with gel or a weather-resistant hairspray.  

Basic Braids

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without braids. For all the long-hair lovers alike, braids are your best friend during the warm months. Don’t worry about taking a dip in the pool; they look great wet or dry and will provide your neck some relief from the summer heat. To style this look: 

  1. Create a middle part by dividing your hair down the center of your head, securing one half of your hair with an elastic hair tie to keep it out of the way. 
  2. Gather a small section of your unbound hair toward the front of your hairline and divide it into three small sections (left, middle, and right) close to your roots. 
  3. Weave the right section across the middle section so that the middle section becomes the right section. 
  4. Continue by weaving the right section across the middle section, so the middle section becomes the right section. 
  5. Weave the left section over the middle section so that it becomes the middle section. 
  6. Before you begin braiding again, add an inch of hair to the section on the right and left so that you are picking up more hair as you go. 
  7. Repeat this process until you’ve added all of your remaining hair on the side of the head you are working on and secure with an elastic band. 
  8. Repeat steps two through seven for the other side of your head, and spray with some frizz-fighting mist! Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lawrence recommend the Joico Defy Damage Invincible Frizz-Fighting Bond Protector! 

Tropical Topknot

A topknot is a versatile summer style you can wear for any occasion. Quickly throw your hair up for an outdoor adventure with friends, or dress this look up with a tropical flower for your beachfront dinner. To style this look: 

  1. Gather your hair at the top of your head by combing it upwards with your fingers. Don’t worry about the texture being messy; the unpolished aesthetic is part of this look!
  2. Twist your hair clockwise until it begins to naturally twist, forming a knot. 
  3. Secure your hair with an elastic hairband. 
  4. Pull out some small hairs toward the front of your hair to frame your face.
  5. Spray with hairspray. 
  6. For an added pop of color, add a tropical flower to spruce up your look! 

Summer Styles at the Student Salon

At the student salon within the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lawrence, students under licensed educators’ supervision can provide you with the perfect summer style. Not only can they provide you with tips and tricks for keeping your hair frizz-free and healthy this season, but you can try out some of these seasonal styles without breaking the bank. Book an appointment for your next summer hairstyle at our student salon today! 

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Whether you would like to visit our student salon within the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lawrence or are interested in pursuing a career in hair, we want to talk to you! Contact our cosmetology school in Lawrence or one of our three other locations. We look forward to speaking with you!

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