Summer hairdos

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


THE hot summer sun can drive people to chop off their hair and try out a chin-length hair style or even a pixie cut. I myself recently cut off four inches of hair, but opted to keep it past my shoulders because I prefer my hair long.

The challenge has been finding different ways to keep my hair out of my face. With sweat and humidity, I don’t want strands plastered on my forehead, so I grew out my bangs. Keeping hair long also lets me experiment with different styles. Ponytails are an easy go-to, but here are some ideas you may want to try.

French braid

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I only recently learned how to French braid my hair, and it’s been my go-to for the beach, workouts and any time I need to keep my hair out of my face. To avoid the ultra-neat schoolgirl look, use larger sections of hair and don’t braid too tightly. This style is especially pretty if you have highlighted hair.

Top knot

This is a favorite among Hollywood celebrities and “it” girls, since it’s effortlessly cool—and in case they haven’t washed their hair! The top knot can go from super casual to super dressy, day or night. You can put on a thin sparkly headband, wrap a ribbon around it, or clip in flower accessories to add more personality. If your hair is mid-length or has lots of layers, secure a top knot with enough bobby pins.

‘Game of Thrones’ hair, my way

A few people asked me how to do this hairstyle when I posted it on my social media. I haven’t been following Game of Thrones for a while, but I still love the hair. This one looks more complicated than it really is.

Part your hair in the middle, then twist small pieces from either side near the top of your head. Pin once they meet at the back of your head.

Do small braids from hair above your ears, then secure with an elastic when they meet at the back of your head. Braid your remaining hair, secure with an elastic, then fold it under to hide the ends. Pin in place. Then go and look for dragon eggs or whatever it is they do on Game of Thrones.

‘Game of Thrones’ hair, Catelyn Tully’s way

An easier version of the style above is simply to twist hair from the top of the head down to the nape, adding strands as you go along. Braid the remaining hair and secure with an elastic, leaving the braid down instead of pinning it up.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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