The cutest summer hairstyles of 2013
Smooth barrel curls and a rich, single-tone color seem especially luxe in the summer months — because you know how much work goes into the look. Keep your color as vibrant as Katy Perry's with specially designed products, like the shampoo and conditioner in Pureology's Super Smooth line, which are formulated to reduce sun-induced fading.
The undone bun
Whether it's an afternoon of errands, a post-swim BBQ, or a low-key day at the office, Kerry Washington's messy bun is an easy way to look polished. Leave the edges a little loose, and let a few ends slip out to prevent it from looking too stuffy.
If you want ombré highlights, go for a touch of sun-kissed glow, not full-on two-tone. "I'm seeing highlights that add softness with lighter shades in the front of the face," explains Kayley Pak, a stylist at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman. She predicts that beachy waves with subtle ombré, like Sofia Vergara's, will be hot for summer.
"Fun, creative braids will be really popular this summer," says Michelle Carlton, editor of Pocket Hairstylist, an app loaded with step-by-step hair tutorials, photos, and care tips, in reaction to Amanda Seyfried. "We've seen a lot of braids, from chunky side fishtail braids to subdued, face-framing braids paired with wavy, let-down hair."
The grown-out bob
"Chin-length hair can be difficult to pull off. Since the hair hits the shoulders, the ends tend to flip out or curl under," warns Pak. "Rose Byrne's style works because her waves add volume and movement, which prevents hair from turning in one direction or the other. She looks savvy, chic, and playful."
The femme faux-hawk
Create the at-home version of Nicole Kidman's punk and pretty look with Carlton's guide. Take a narrow portion of hair at the front of your crown. Separate into a couple of sections, tease at the roots, and pin out of the way. Pull the hair from both sides of your head, directly above your ears, and secure in a ponytail in the back of your head. Take the rest of your hair and pull it into a ponytail up close to the first tail. Lightly smooth out the teased section and pull it over the two ponytails, leaving lots of volume at the top. Secure with bobby pins, set with hairspray, and go over the ends with a flatiron.
Long and loose
When you've taken a cue from Jada Pinkett Smith and created perfect waves, you want to extend the life of your style for as long as you can. Buy yourself a few more days with a dry shampoo, such as Marc Anthony's 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo.
An extreme side-part looks totally of-the-moment. Follow Alicia Key's lead, and add a little something extra with streaky, temporary highlights in a bold color like hot pink or turquoise.
The platinum crop
Channeling Edie Sedgwick! "She looks stunning and confident," says Pak, of Anne Hathaway. "If a client came in and asked for this look, I would consult with her to be sure she is ready for the big chop — and after that, we'd be ready to get to work."
The latest take on a summer staple? Let waves fall softly and a little unevenly, à la Kate Hudson. "She has the perfect wavy hair-type for this look," says Pak. "I've been seeing more natural, air-dried hairstyles this year. I've had clients get a braid from me, and after a couple of days, they let the braids loose and wear the undone curls."