13 Heat-Proof Hair Styles for the Fourth of July
Our Easy, Elegant Bun
This summer-proof hairstyle was specifically created by our editors to withstand even the most humid Southern heat. Get the tutorial here.
A Messy Bob
If your hair is too short to comfortably pull it up, you still have hope! Out-trick the humidity by staying one step ahead of it – mess up your short hair with style. Watch our how-to video here.
Tied With a Bandana
There’s something about long hair tied back with a patterned headband that will always work.
Grecian Flowing Braid
Keep fine hair out of your eyes with this fluid braided half-up-do. Simply start two French braids – one at the top of your head and one just above your ear – and secure with a small elastic hair band.
A Thick Headband
Keep those curly locks on lock with a secure elastic headband – bonus if you can find one in red, white, or blue!
Triple Twisted Ponytail
Keep hair off your forehead with this done-up ponytail. Grab the instructions from twistmepretty.com.
Half-Up French Braids
Flaunt your luscious locks with this waterfall-esque braid that also keeps your bangs secure. See the tutorial from missysue.com.
How Can I Cover My Gray Hair?
Originally appeared on Real Simple
Not feeling so foxy about your silver strands? If you've got less gray hairs than pigmented ones, coloring your hair at home may be the best bet. Keep the renegades under control with these expert camouflaging techniques. If gray hairs are sprouting long before you’re ready to embrace them, you’re not alone. According to a recent British survey, about 32 percent of women are under 30 when they find that first gray strand. A bottle of hair color isn’t always enough to send it undercover: Gray hair is stiffer and drier, making it difficult to mask. (There’s a reason it’s called “stubborn.”)
Why Does Hair Go Gray?
As new hairs form and grow, pigment-producing cells called melanocytes inject them with color (a.k.a. melanin), turning them blond, brown, or red. Melanin production slows as we age; when it comes to a complete halt, we go entirely gray. For some people, it never totally stops. That’s why a 40-year-old might have a full head of grays and an 80-year-old might have salt-and-pepper strands. Experts have mixed opinions about whether melanin production is determined solely by genes, but the majority agree that genetics plays a role. For the most part, everyone will get gray hair—there will just be differences in when and how much. A little comfort: “Technically, your hair isn’t turning gray,” says Eric Spengler, the senior vice president of research and development at the hair-care company Living Proof. “What we call ‘gray hair’ is just hair that lacks pigment. It’s the contrast of that noncolored hair against the rest that gives it a clear, grayish cast.” Eventually, science may offer a way to beat back that silver: Researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, in New York City, have pinpointed the mechanism that can make black mice gray. But until there’s some breakthrough that applies the discovery to humans’ mousy grays, here are some lower-tech camouflage strategies.
This on-trend up-do is laid back and super stylish, all at the same time. Get the tutorial from lulus.com.
Short Hair French Braid Ponytail
Ponytails are perfect for transitioning from the pool to fireworks. Get the tutorial from thewonderforest.com.
The French Crown Braid
We couldn’t be anymore enchanted with this romantic, low-maintenance braided bun. Read the tutorial at hairromance.com.
An Accessorized Bun
Weave a bandana into your bun by making a ponytail, threading the bandana through the elastic, and twisting as usual.
A Low Bun
Fix your usual ponytail, leaving a few strands loose. Then, pull your ponytail halfway through, and loop the extra strands around the elastic, securing with bobby pins.
Throw on a wide-brimmed hat
When all else fails, call it a day with a big ol' hat.