Tame things on top
Create a sculpted look with just a hairpin. “Part your hair to one side, slick it down with gel and keep it in place by sliding in a flat bobby pin,” says Flynn-Hui. (Ideally, use one with no ridges, which can leave dents in your hair.) Once everything is dry, take out the pin; your hair will lie flat and smooth across the top of your head.
Update your ’do
“There were many buns on spring runways, and they’re all wearable,” says Flynn-Hui. “Just pull damp hair into a low bun, coiling it up and securing with bobby pins.” For a fresh effect, move the knot to one side or the other—or pull it on top of your head.
Get a little kinky
“Slick gel into your hair and comb into a low braid—below the nape of your neck,” says Lee. “When it’s dry, just take it out and fluff with your fingertips. You get smoothness in the crown and soft, wavy texture from midpoint down.”
Build body but keep strands sleek
Apply mousse, roots to ends, then pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head (think Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour). Note: Use an elastic wrapped in fabric to secure; regular elastic might leave a visible ridge. Then, once the hair is dry, release the pony, and you’ll have straight hair with volume at the roots.
Ideally, you’d retire the blow-dryer this summer. The reality? You’ll need to drag it out occasionally (e.g., you must look polished in 20 minutes, and a damp bun won’t cut it). What helps is a dryer that gets you from damp to dry in next to no time. We’ve hunted down two.
Luxe and light
The Solano 3300 Xtra-Lite Dryer, below ($159; ulta.com),boasts a powerful 1,800 watts for a speedy blowout. It also has tourmaline technology, which minimizes damage. The bonus? This is Solano’s lightest model yet (about the weight of a water bottle), so you won’t get overheated hoisting it over your head.
Inexpensive and fast
In its new Heat Flash Dry Blow Dryer ($40; ulta.com), Goody has increased the rate at which hot air comes shooting at your hair. The promise? The Heat Flash will dry hair 35 percent faster than a traditional blower.
When it gets above 80 degrees, most of us want our hair off our necks. An elastic will suffice, but steer clear of thescrunchie—unless you like looking as if you stepped out of 1995. Here, accesso-ries for occasions when you care to make a little more effort.
Wear a head wrap the conventional way (as a headband). Or get inventive and wrap it around a bun, Greek-goddess style. Jennifer Behr crystal head wraps ($168; -jenniferbehr.com).
Slide this comb into a French twist for a look that’s Aphrodite inspired. Emily Elizabeth 14k gold–plated hair comb ($70; emilyelizabethjewelry.com).
Skip the florid bloom and slide in this edgier mesh blossom instead. Colette Malouf wire-mesh, Swarovski-crystal and metal clip ($88; Henri Bendel, 800-423-6335).
Heavy metal band
Dress up an everyday pony-tail with this metallic--colored band. L. Erickson PVC headband ($18; -franceluxe.com).
A hint of glint
Clip back wayward bangs—or adorn a top knot—with these gold-plated pins. Emily Elizabeth ginkgo-leaf bobby pin ($22); feather-leaf bobby pin ($18); fan bobby pin ($14; all at emily
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