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4 Fuss-Free Summer Braids to Try This Weekend

Happy first day of summer! With all your upcoming festivities—BBQs, brunches and beach days included—we know you’re too busy to bother with complicated hairstyles. Which is why we rounded up these four simple braid tutorials to help you keep your hair in check no matter what your activity.

Four-strand Braid by A Cup of Jo

You’re probably more than familiar with the classic three stranded braid. But did you know that plaiting with four pieces is just as easy?

Crossover Cascade Braid by A Bird’s Leap

Dress up a your favorite summer dress with this pretty, but not terribly difficult, option.  And good news for all you curly haired gals: this look works beautifully with your hair too.

French Twist Braid by Michaela Noelle Designs

This look is absolutely effortless and perfect for days when you need to look put together in 30 seconds. Chic and sophisticated in under a minute? Yes please.

Mini Crown Braid by She Lets Her Hair Down

This hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to a bohemian-inspired maxi dress. The best part? It’s even cuter on short hair.

—Geraldine

Looking for one more braid to try? Don’t miss our super easy-to-follow GIF tutorial on Milkmaid braids

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—Meredith 

And speaking of effortless summer ‘dos, check out our milkmaid braid GIF tutorial!

Change Your Hair Gene, Kate Upton’s Personal Trainer Shares His Favorite Moves, and More
Will science find a way to change the gene that determines hair type and texture? Find out here. [New York Times]

Kate Upton’s personal trainer demonstrate’s his top three workout moves. [Glamour]


Make sure your strands are ready for summer with this ultimate hair guide. [Beauty High]


Get ready for a night out in 60 seconds with this superquick smoky eye tutorial. [BellaSugar]


Find the best toner for your skin that promises to deliver some even results. [Well + Good NYC]


—Charisse

We love Vine! Check out this awesome video one of our subscribers made of opening her May box.
 
(Photo: Victoria Roberts)

Change Your Hair Gene, Kate Upton’s Personal Trainer Shares His Favorite Moves, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: Victoria Roberts)

Crushing On Nicole Richie’s Perfect Summer Waves: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

Photos: Glamour.com

I’m always taking cues from our friends over at Glamour’s beauty department, and they’re latest round-up of Nicole Richie’s beach-swept hair has me swooning. From voluminous and curly to pulled-back and retro, I love the ease and femininity of these looks. To pull off tousled waves, I’ve found that it’s best to stock up on bobby pins and styling cream like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Glossing Cream, and to implement one of these two techniques: 

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Operation Beat Humidity: Buns

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For the past few days, I’ve had a serious hair snafu. I spend precious time in the morning perfecting straight hair, and walk out the door feeling pretty good about myself. But without fail, the NYC humidity transforms my straight locks into a hybrid between wavy and freaky. I inevitably put it in a not-so-cute bun by mid-morning. My solution? To start the day with a bun until the humidity subsides. I did some research and found three seriously cute options.

The Ballerina Bun: Since I used to wear these every day to ballet classes, I can attest to their durability. Just tie your hair into a high, taught ponytail and wrap it as tightly as you can around the base to create the doughnut bun shape. Don’t forget to spritz with hairspray!

The Top Knot: In short, you’re putting all of your hair on top of your head. (You can take a cue from one of our staffers, Rachel, who has made this her go-to style as of late.) Start with a ponytail, but secure it however you want — the messier, the better.

The Low Slung Bun: Add some smaller braids to your hair to add texture before pulling it back. Similar to the top knot, don’t spend time making it neat, it should be rather effortless.

—Kara

Our fave product right now for sleek strands? Oscar Blandi’s Salon Glaze.