City humidity and heat doesn't mean you have to spend summer in ponytails and messy buns.DreamDry senior stylist Faith Huffnagle shares with us three beautiful braided styles that not only look awesome, but will keep you cool. Bonus: all three styles are easier to do when your hair is a little dirty, so go ahead and hit snooze.
For the beginner braider: The Braid
This fishtail braid looks elaborate, but it seriously only takes five minutes to do. Part your hair and divide it into two sections. Huffnagle recommends a side part so your braid will land over your shoulder. Take a small part of the outer section of one of the two sections you divided your hair into and cross it over, adding it to the inside of the other hair section. Then, do the exact same thing with the other side. Keep your braid tight or it will fall out later. When you're done, secure the end with an elastic and pin in any fly aways. Pro tip: "The smaller the sections are that you pull from the two bigger sections, the more bone-like and delicate the braid will look," Huffnagle says.
For the intermediate braider: The Juliette
The Juliette is perfect if you are going out to drinks with friends or on a date. Start by sectioning the top third part of your hair and dividing it into three sections. Start a regular braid, but after the first pull, drop one of the section parts and weave a new section part in with the other two section parts. You will be adding to the two original sections all the way around your head, dropping one section with each pull, creating the cascading waterfall look."If a layer ends, just connect it to another piece of hair in the back and continue from there," Huffnagle advises.
Use a curling wand to create the soft waves. "To really highlight the waterfall, curl the small sections cascading from your horizontal braid," Huffnagle says.
For the expert braider: Bianca
This crown braid has a bohemian music festival look to it that makes it perfect for summer. Start by grabbing a 4-inch section of hair behind your ear. Then, divide that section in to three equal parts, like you would to start a normal braid. What makes this outside braid different from a normal braid is that you are constantly moving the center piece, pulling it over both ways. The front piece ends up joining the back piece, very similarly to a French braid. Keep going around your head by pulling more hair from the top all the way around.
As you braid, make sure it's tight; you can pull it apart a little at the end to loosen it up. Once you get all the way around your head, finish braiding any extra hair, secure it with an elastic and pin it behind your ear or in the back. Pull the braid a part a bit to make it look more relaxed.
For all thee styles, Huffnagl recommends spraying Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray before you start. "It gives your hair more grip," she says. She's also a big fan of Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray, which keeps water out so your hair doesn't frizz.
Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence