30 Humidity-Proof Hairstyles to Wear All Season Long

Jasmine Tookes wearing a braided bun

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When heat and moisture combine, they create the perfect hair storm for frizz-prone folks. You know what we mean: those days when no frizz serum in the world is strong enough to keep your hair from puffing, fuzzing, and generally giving up on you. To keep your hair under control, choosing the right hairstyle can be just as important as what styling products you use.

Getting hair up and off your face, neck, and/or shoulders with smart styling goes a long way toward preventing frizz. For humidity-proof hairstyles, think beyond the basic ponytail to more creative options like braids, buns, cornrows, ponytails, and twists. There are so many easy DIY hairstyles to keep you looking your best all day long, come hell or high humidity.

Keep scrolling for 30 humidity-proof hairstyles that fight frizz.

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Half-Up Topknot

Rachel Brosnahan with half-up topknot

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The topknot never fails when it comes to battling frizz. The look can be worn half-up or pulled entirely off the face for more humidity-fighting power.

Franck Izquierdo, hairstylist and co-founder of IGK, tells how to get the look.

  • "Start on dry hair," he says. "Second-day hair is even better for better grip."
  • Section off about one-third of your hair at the front of your head.
  • "Create a ponytail with that top section and secure it with a clear hair tie or pins, depending on what you prefer using," Izquierdo explains. "Wrap it up in a clockwise direction to create a knot."
  • "Add some hair pins and spray Beach Club Volume Texture Spray to set it and add shine," he suggests.

Need a little more help? Check out this half-up topknot tutorial.

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Tayshia Adams wearing cornrows on red carpet

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Braids are the cream of the crop for protecting your hair from unwanted frizz. Whether you wear one, two, or several braids, the style is sure to keep your hair under control and looking good for the entire day.

  • After creating cornrows, "use a bit of the R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil on the hands to smooth any unwanted frizz or flyaways," says Clariss Rubenstein, hairstylist and R+Co Collective member.
  • Finish the look with a light-hold hairspray.

See how cornrows are done in this cornrow how-to video.

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Low Bun

Bella Hadid with hair in bun

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Sleek buns, like Bella Hadid's style, are great for styling hair in humid conditions. Styling products help cultivate the slicked-back look.

  • Apply a smoothing cream like IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm and create a "deep side part that starts above the arch of one brow," advises Aaron Grenia, stylist and IGK cofounder.
  • "Brush hair back and twist tightly into a bun," he continues.
  • Add as many bobby pins as you need to secure the bun.
  • Use a light-hold hairspray to "tame flyaways and lock in a sleek/wet shiny look," Grenia suggests.

Watch this hairstyle come together in our daytime low bun tutorial video.

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Baby French Braid

Jane Krakowski with hairline braid

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A hairline braid takes care of the pieces along your face that tend to spring up at the first sign of moisture. "This works even better on day-two hair for a textured look," Grenia says.

  • "After creating loose waves throughout" your hair, "create a slight side part with a comb," he advises.
  • On the side of the head under your part, grab a section of hair, "divide your hair into three sections and braid it back" into a French braid.
  • "Secure with a bobby pin and spray Beach Club Volume Texture Spray for grit and texture," Grenia suggests.
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Ballerina Bun

Renée Elise Goldsberry wearing a bun on a red carpet

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Never underestimate a classic bun. A few strategically placed bobby pins and a little natural texture make Renée Elise Goldsberry's high, glamorous bun work in any weather. 

Stylist and IGK cofounder Chase Kusero explains how to get this simple look.

  • "Brush all of your hair up and twist to create a bun," Kusero says.
  • "While twisting it, insert some bobby pins along the way to secure it," he adds. We love Meta-Grip Premium Bob Pins—super-strong, Japanese-made pins that are practically impossible to bend out of shape.
  • Use an edge-taming product around the hairline, if desired.
  • Spray a light-hold hairspray on the bun to finish the look. 

Check out this bun tutorial to see exactly how the look is done.

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Braided Bun

Jasmine Tookes wearing a braided bun and red dress

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Even a relative hairstyling rookie can pull off Jasmine Tookes' chic braided topknot.

  • "Gather your hair and brush super high to create a ponytail," instructs Franck Izquierdo. Tie it off with an elastic.
  • "Then, braid your hair" that's in your ponytail. Secure it with a clear elastic.
  • Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place with bobby pins.
  • Finish with a flexible-hold hairspray.

Check out this braided topknot tutorial for a little help.

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Side Braid

Emmy Rossum with side braid and bobby pins

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You can never go wrong with a quick and easy side braid. This fun style keeps your hair off your neck and face, leaving you cool and frizz-free throughout the day. Top off the look with some decorative bobby pins if you're feeling fancy.

  • "Create a deep side part in the hair using a comb for a clean line," says Franck Izquierdo.
  • "Secure with accessory pins" at brow level.
  • "Gather the hair to the side and make two even sections," he continues.
  • Now, you're going to make a fishtail braid. "Take a piece from the outside of one of the sections and pull it over and across," he explains. "Join the inside of the other section. Repeat [the] process on the other side."
  • "Continue along the length of your hair and tie with a clear elastic," Izquierdo says.
  • Pull out a few face-framing sections of hair to give your braid a casual look.
  • Finish the style with a flexible-hold hairspray.

Get a closer look at fishtail braiding here.

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Messy Low Braid

Amanda Seyfried in red dress with braided hair

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Amanda Seyfried shows just how chic a basic braid can be, especially with some messy texture. Always use finishing spray on a look like this to prevent it from getting flat in humid conditions.

  • Blow-dry your hair and apply volumizing spray "at the roots to create volume and lift," Kusero says.
  • "Tease the roots and pull your hair back."
  • "Start creating a French banane," aka a French twist, by grabbing hair near the crown and twisting. Keep the twist secure by adding a few bobby pins.
  • "Do not secure the bun and use what’s left to create a low classic braid," Kusero says.
  • "Secure with a clear hair tie for [an] invisible effect."
  • Finish the style with texturizing spray "for grit and flexible hold," he suggests.
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Pigtail Braids

Busy Phillips with blue pigtail braids

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Busy Phillips' dip-dyed pigtail braids are a modern spin on an old classic.

  • To copy Phillips' blue look, use a temporary color like Overtone Extreme Blue Coloring Conditioner to tint a few inches at the ends of your hair, following package instructions.
  • Spray dry shampoo throughout hair to give it some texture, Grenia suggests, then part your hair down the center.
  • Apply texturizing spray "from roots to ends to give hair body and grip," he says.
  • On one side of the head, take a handful of hair next to the ear, split it into three sections, and make a French braid.
  • "Secure with an elastic at the nape of the neck."
  • French-braid the other side of your head, and secure it with an elastic, too.

New to French braiding? Check out this French braid pigtail how-to video.

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Braided High Ponytail

Halle Berry wearing a high braided ponytail

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We love the gorgeous texture of Halle Berry's braided pony.

  • "Gather all hair into a clean high ponytail and tie it up," instructs Leo Izquierdo, stylist and cofounder of IGK.
  • Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around your hair tie to conceal it, then pin it with a bobby pin underneath the base of the ponytail.
  • "Once tightly secured, start braiding the ponytail into a thick braid, going thinner as you go down," he explains.
  • "Use a small amount of Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum to tame frizz."
  • "Once the braid is done, secure with an invisible hair band."
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Dutch Braid and Ponytail

Pippa Middleton with braided ponytail

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If you tend to get frizzy around your hairline, try this ponytail-braid combo shown here on Pippa Middleton.

  • "Blow dry your hair using Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray," says Leo Izquierdo.
  • "Gather all hair into a clean high ponytail and tie it up."
  • After creating a "deep side part" on the left side of your head, weave hair into a Dutch braid, starting from your part and moving down the hairline on the right side of your head. To make a Dutch braid, make a French braid—but instead of crossing the pieces over the other sections of hair, cross them under.
  • Secure the braid a few inches behind your ear by pinning it with two bobby pins arranged in an "X" shape.
  • Pull your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.
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Milkmaid Braid

Christine Chiu wearing a headband-like braid on the red carpet

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Bling Empire star Christine Chiu makes her tousled hair texture work in this stylishly mussed-up 'do.

  • "Part your hair in the middle, then divide it into two even sections," Franck Izquierdo explains.
  • "Braid each section regularly, and secure the ends with a clear elastic," he continues.
  • "Lightly tug the loops of the braids outward" to take your braids from tight and tidy to tousled and thick.
  • "Next, flip the braids up and over the top of your head, and secure them there with bobby pins," Izquierdo suggests.
  • "Free a few strands of hair, so they fall around your face for a softer, messier look."
  • Finish with a light-hold hairspray to "keep the look in place and to add shine."

Watch our milkmaid braid tutorial to see how to re-create the style on your own.

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Rope-Braided High Ponytail

Kate Bosworth with high braided ponytail

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In balmy weather, getting hair off your face and neck is the best solution for maintaining a hairstyle— like this fun, two-strand braided ponytail on Kate Bosworth.

Hairstylist Adam Federico—hairstylist, director of content for R+Co and owner of AJF Salon in Sacramento, California—shares how to get the look.

  • "Begin by misting hair with R+Co Bleu Lifestyler Volume & Texture Spray," he explains. "Focus the application on the roots and mid-lengths."
  • "Using a boar-bristle [brush], work hair into a high ponytail, securing with an elastic at the crown of the head."
  • "Reserve a one-inch section" of your ponytail and "wrap it around the elastic. Secure with a pin."
  • Divide your ponytail into two sections and spray it with hairspray, Federico suggests.
  • To make the rope braid, "twist each side and then twist the two sides tightly together," he explains. "Secure with a clear elastic. 
  • "Finish by spraying with R+Co Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray" to ensure your high-shine and polished look is locked into place.

See rope-braiding in action by watching this rope braid how-to video.

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Low Bun With Clips

Leonie Hann in multicolor hair clips

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Blogger Leonie Hanne is giving us '90s flashbacks (in a good way) with this bun-and-hair-clip combo, the perfect hairstyle for getting unruly bangs out of the way.

  • "Blow out your hair to create a smooth texture," Leo Izquierdo advises, then part hair down the center.
  • "Spray Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray to create sleekness, fight frizz, and add shine."
  • "Brush your hair into a low ponytail" and secure with a clear hair tie.
  • Add a dime-size amount of frizz serum to your palm, rub it between your hands, and smooth your hands over your hair to keep it sleek.
  • "Take your ponytail and create a bun by twisting it clockwise," Izquierdo suggests.
  • "Insert bobby pins to secure" the bun, then "add the accessories of your choice."
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Micro-Braided Bun

Jada Pinkett-Smith in blonde feed-in micro-braids pulled into a bun

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Jada Pinkett Smith's micro-braids are total goals. We love the way her topknot highlights her platinum extensions.

  • After styling hair into micro-braids, "pull braids into a bun at the crown of the head," Rubenstein instructs.
  • Using a small amount of R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil, "smooth the shorter hair on the sides and back of the head."

Watch a how-to video on the braided bun look here.

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Messy Chignon

Meghan Markle wearing a messy chignon

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The tousled chignon is a signature look for Meghan Markle. Howard McLaren, cofounder and creative director of R+Co, tells us how to get a similar look.

  • "To get a perfect chignon or bun, start with a great blow-dry to smooth the hair and get great shine," McLaren says. "Park Ave Blow Out Balm will smooth hair and protect from humidity."
  • Back-comb the hair at the crown to create volume.
  • "Start with a ponytail, then twist the hair, wrapping it into a bun," he says.
  • Secure the bun in place with bobby pins.

Watch royal hairstylist George Northwood recreate Markle's look in this messy chignon tutorial.

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Shahidah Omar in shoulder-length twists

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Senegalese twists are a great protective style for natural hair, and we love actor Shahidah Omar's glossy look.

  • "Use a tail comb to separate hair, working up and over the head from one ear to the other," Federico says. "This will create an extreme side part."
  • Style hair in Senegalese twists, working in sections. "Be prepared to invest up to six hours to create these twists," he says. "They require time, patience, and often the use of added synthetic hair. However, if cared for properly, the twists can last up to several months."
  • Finish the style with shine spray for a "frizz-free, high-gloss finish," Federico adds.

See a demo of Senegalese twists here.

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Sleek Low Ponytail

Model Cindy Bruna wearing a low ponytail

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The difference between your everyday low pony and this refined version on model Cindy Bruna? A clean center part and products that give hair shine and control.

  • Make a clean center part using a comb, instructs McLaren.
  • Pull your hair into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic. "The best way to get a tight ponytail is to raise your head up while securing," he shares. "That way when the head is level, the nape is very tight. 
  • Take a section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic. Secure this section of hair with a bobby pin.
  • Finish the look with shine serum and flexible-hold hairspray.

For help creating the style, take a look at this sleek low ponytail tutorial.

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Fishtail-Braided Ponytail

Camila Cabello wearing a fishtail braid

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Hairstyle chameleon Camila Cabello wore this cool fishtail ponytail to the Time 100 Next Gala.

  • Spray the hair with texturizing spray to give it grip, Federico says.
  • Spray a boar-bristle brush with a flexible-hold hairspray. "Use that to work hair up and into a high ponytail" and secure it with a hair tie, he says.
  • "Grab a two-inch section from the outside of the ponytail and wrap that around your elastic" to conceal it, he explains. "Secure with pins."
  • "Work a fishtail braid through the ponytail and secure with a clear elastic," he continues. (See style #7 for instructions on fishtail braiding).
  • Lastly, use the handle of a tail comb to pull out strands of hair around the hairline to create a romantic feel, he suggests.

See a fishtail-braided pony come together here.

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High Ponytail

Leomie Anderson wearing a high ponytail

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"The placement of the ponytail is crucial for this look," McLaren says of Leomie Anderson's cheerleader-esque high pony. "Here, it's right above the crown.

  • "Again, the best way to get a tight ponytail is to raise your head while securing," he reminds us. "That way, when the head is level, the nape is very tight."
  • "When the ponytail is in the right spot, secure with an elastic, keeping a section of hair out to wrap and cover the band," McLaren says.
  • After wrapping the section of hair around your elastic, pin it with bobby pins. "This will give [your ponytail] a more elegant look and give it a higher stance," he explains.
  • Apply flexible-hold hairspray "to keep the look in place and tame flyaways."

For a ponytail that's just as polished, watch this sleek high ponytail tutorial.

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Dutch-Braided Pigtails

Eris Baker in double Dutch braids

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These Dutch braids, worn by This Is Us actor Eris Baker, are equal parts sweet, chic, and practical for any season.

  • "Using a tail comb, part hair down the center from the forehead to the nape of the neck," Federico explains.
  • "Spray a boar-bristle brush with R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray and gently comb from the part down," he continues. "This will eliminate flyaways and add shine."
  • Starting on one side of the head, create a Dutch braid starting at the hairline, curving around the head, and braiding to the ends of the hair. (See style #9 for how to Dutch braid). "Secure with a clear elastic," Federico suggests.
  • Repeat on the other side of the head to create a second Dutch braid and secure with an elastic.

Watch how to re-create the style exactly in this double Dutch braid tutorial.

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Embellished Topknot

Jenna Ortega with high bun woven with chains

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Jenna Ortega's embellished bun is the perfect look for a party or other special occasion. R+Co co-founder and celebrity hairstylist Garren talks us through how to get it.

  • "Pull the hair up into a high ponytail, leaving a few short pieces in the front to add softness," Garren says. "You can tie the hair with a small or medium coated, covered elastic."
  • "Do a three-piece braid loosely, and then take the end and use a really small coated elastic to wrap the hair around and secure," he continues.
  • Use a styling cream on the finished braid to keep it looking smooth.
  • "Take the braid, and circle it around the bun and tuck under," he says. Pin the braid in place with bobby pins.
  • Grab a chain or necklace and "weave it in and out of the braid," he suggests. Secure it in place with bobby pins.
  • Finish with light hold-hairspray and hair oil for shine.
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Fishtail-Braided Bangs

Shailene Woodley with braided hair

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Shailene Woodley's baby fishtail braid and casual waves give off a youthful, elegant vibe.

  • Apply smoothing cream to hair, then blow out your hair "so the back has a smooth texture to it," Garren explains.
  • Make a side part on the right side of your head.
  • Make a fishtail braid starting at your part, moving down the hairline, and curving around the left side of your head. (See style #7 for how to fishtail braid).
  • Secure your braid a few inches behind your left ear with some bobby pins, hiding the tail of your braid under the rest of your hair.
  • "Use R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil to add some stability and enhance shine," Garren suggests.

Watch this hairstyle re-created from start to finish in this fishtail headband video.

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Half-Up Milkmaid Braid

Lucy Boynton with short braided hair

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We love pretty much everything Lucy Boynton does with her tousled, textured bob, including this cool headband braid.

  • Prep hair with texturizing spray, Rubenstein explains.
  • Dutch-braid a section of hair from behind one ear, braiding over the head and just behind the other ear.
  • Pin the end of your braid with bobby pins.
  • Spritz more texturizing spray on the finished braid, then "rough it up a bit" with your fingers.
  • "Use whatever product is left on [your] hands and tousle it through the rest of the loose hair," she suggests.
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Loose French Braid

Eiza Gonzalez in a loose French braid

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French braids never really go out of style, as actor/singer Eiza González shows.

  • McLaren suggests prepping damp hair with an alcohol-free mousse before blow-drying; not only will the mousse add volume to your hair, "it will brush out very easily" and create a "great wave pattern" when you're done wearing the braid.
  • French-braid hair loosely, starting at the crown, continuing to the ends of hair.
  • Apply a light hair oil "for shine and anti-humidity to enhance the look," he says.

Need a refresher on French braiding? Watch this French braid tutorial.

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Space Buns

Lina Aisha wearing a double bun hairstyle

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The '90s called: Space buns are definitely cool again and so easy to style, too.

  • Put styling cream in damp hair before blow drying with a diffuser to enhance your natural texture, Garren suggests.
  • "Part hair down the middle with a rat tail comb," he continues. "Don’t brush through it; instead, rake fingers [through your hair] or use a very large-tooth comb to keep texture without getting fuzz."
  • "Secure each pony on the top of the head," he says.
  • Smooth your edges with hair oil or an edge-taming product.
  • "Take each tail, and wrap in a circle and pin to unveil little buns on top of the head," he explains.
  • Finish with a frizz-fighting light hairspray.

Watch how to do space buns on natural hair here.

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Braided Updo

Taylor Hill with braided updo

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Fancy-looking updos don't have to be hard to style, as model Taylor Hill showed with this Dutch-braided 'do, which we think would work equally well at a music festival.

  • Prep hair with styling cream and blow it dry, Garren says.
  • Part your hair down the center and create two Dutch braids, one on each side of your head.
  • At the nape of your neck, twist the ends of the braids together in a single chignon, he explains. Pin the chignon with bobby pins.
  • "Finish with a little bit of the cream again to get the pieces at the front separated," he suggests.

Watch this Dutch-braided updo video for guidance.

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Bubble Braid

Maria Menounos with bubble ponytail

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If you struggle with braiding but love the look, this is the 'do for you: It has the woven look of a braid but requires less time and skill.

  • "Use a tail comb to part hair down the center," Federico advises.
  • "Spray the crown with R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray and work through to the mid-lengths with a boar-bristle brush."
  • Pull hair into a low ponytail, tying off with an elastic. "Allow the bangs to hang loose," he instructs.
  • "Every two inches," going down the length of your ponytail, "add another elastic," Federico explains.
  • "Create a bubble effect by using the fingers to gently pull out each section."
  • Finish the look with hairspray.

Need an assist? Watch this bubble ponytail how-to video.

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Dutch Braid

Riley Keough's Dutch braid from back

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Riley Keough's Dutch braid is so glamorous, and the messy texture makes her hair look impossibly thick.

  • Prep your hair with texturizing spray to get "dry texture with control," McLaren says.
  • Create a Dutch braid that starts at the crown of the head down to the ends of the hair. (To learn how to Dutch braid, see style #9).
  • "This style is more loose, with hair pulled out a little from the braid base to give an undone look," McLaren explains. To get this look, gently pull on the sides of your braid with your fingers, starting from the top and moving to the bottom.
  • Finish with shine spray to help fight frizz.

For step-by-step visuals, take a look at this Dutch braid tutorial.

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Half-up Double Braids

Giulia Elettra Gorietti wearing a braided hairstyle shown from back

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There's something so sweet and summery about Italian actress Giulia Elettra Gorietti's hairstyle.

  • When hair is damp, part it down the center, Federico suggests.
  • "Work R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil through the mid-lengths and ends and allow to air-dry," he says.
  • "Once completely dry, use a marcel wand to add uniformity to your natural wave pattern," he advises. Try the Hot Tools Professional 1" 24K Gold Marcel Iron/Wand.
  • "Grab a small section near the temples and on each side, create a braid," Federico says. "Secure with a clear elastic in the middle."

Create the style on your own by watching this braid tutorial.

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