For those of you planning a city break for your summer vacation, you'll need a few chic hairstyles that keep your hair out of your way and go with everything. The more versatile your 'do, the easier it'll be to go from sightseeing to end-of-the-day cocktails. To inspire your city-ready hairstyle arsenal, check out the gorgeous looks below! Which one will you try first?
Whether you're at a museum or sightseeing off the beaten track, a topknot is always a super versatile hairstyle to have up your sleeve. You can style it sleek, messy, curly, tight or loose, and it will always do a great job of keeping your hair up and under control. Switch up the look with a headband or a cute barrette to really make it your own.
Eliminate flyaways by misting your hands with water and firmly smoothing them over the sides of your head after securing the topknot. The water reacts with products like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to create a smooth, lasting finish that even humidity can't destroy!
2. Sleek center part
A sleek center part hairstyle like Liya Kebede's is a great way to wear your hair down that won't let random pieces fall into your eyes. With plenty of hairspray to set the style in place, you can part your hair, tuck it behind your ears and pretty much forget about it.
Just a tiny amount of gel will keep your hair in place and eliminate frizz and flyaways completely. When using products like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, just remember that less is always more - you don't need a lot of gel to get the job done!
3. Messy chignon
If the topknot isn't for you, try something a little softer like Eva Longoria's messy chignon. For those of you headed to romantic destinations like Paris or Rome, this hairstyle couldn't be more perfect! The loose tendrils at the front lend the updo a sweet, delicate feel while the practicality of the knot at the back means you can wear it absolutely everywhere you go.
To get some lift on the top of your head before securing the chignon, spritz your roots with a volumizing product like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High lift Creation Spray and massage them with your fingertips. This will create a more full-bodied look and will make sure the finished updo is effortless and relaxed, as opposed to uptight.
4. Voluminous side braid
If you're jetting off to somewhere humid like New York City for your vacation, be prepared for your hair to start behaving... differently. The moisture in the air can cause a veritable frizz storm, so you might need a voluminous side braid to tame your mane. Even if humidity isn't an issue, we think this a gorgeous hairstyle for anyone with thick or naturally frizz-prone hair, too!
To stay one step ahead of humidity, use plenty of finishing spray to seal your completed style against the elements. This will prevent any further frizz from forming.
5. Half-up waves
When you need to keep your hair off your face but you don't want to compromise the movement through the lengths, a half-up hairstyle like Doutzen Kroes' is the perfect compromise. Whether you're walking a lot or just need a hairstyle to deal with day two hair, this beautiful 'do is a must-try vacation look.
For natural looking waves, apply a texturizing spray like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to dry or damp hair, then blowdry in twisted sections. Once dried, use a 1" curling iron to create more waves if necessary.
6. Voluminous, messy updo
If you have fairly short or medium-length hair, piling it all on top of your head is a great way to create an on-trend, messy updo that'll keep your strands off your neck and out of your face. This surprisingly simple chignon looks great with everything from shorts and a t shirt to your favorite party dress.
When creating this updo, use dry shampoo to add grip to your hair. Spraying your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray will help the hair to bind together more easily while simultaneously eliminating any telltale signs of greasiness.
7. Messy high pony
Sticking with the textured theme, a messy high ponytail is a gorgeous summer look for any city vacation, be it London or Tokyo. The undone finish creates a flattering silhouette on every face shape, and you can dress this hairstyle up with a bright lipstick or some statement eyeliner at the end of the day before heading out again. Just make sure you choose one or the other to keep the look understated.
To make sure your pony doesn't fall flat during the day, prop it up with a couple of large bobby pins underneath the hair elastic.
8. Slicked back hair
For those of you who don't shy away from a bold hair trend, a slicked back hairstyle with a low key makeup look is a daring yet surprisingly wearable option for a city getaway. You definitely need a certain attitude to get away with a hairstyle like this, but as long as you go easy on the gel, it'll be fine.
To get some extra volume on top, scrunch and massage the roots of your hair after applying the gel. Then, use a wide-tooth comb to gently smooth the hair back into place before the gel sets. After that, you won't need to do anything to your hair until you wash it again.
9. Beachy bob
As proven by the beautiful Freida Pinto, a tousled bob makes for a summery beauty look that's perfect for a daytime stroll around a new city, whether you're close to a beach or completely landlocked. For some extra detail or to help tie your whole look together, team your bob with a headband or a cute clip.
To get a tousled, piecey finish, scrunch some matte, flexible hold product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends of your hair. You only need a tiny amount, and make sure you warm it in your hands to emulsify it first.
10. Headband updo
A chic headband is a great addition to any hairstyle, but you can also use one as the foundation for a textured updo. All you need to do is loop the hair around the headband at the back, then tuck the ends in. If you have really long hair, gather it into a bun at the back then pop your headband on afterwards. Either way, this hairstyle is a really easy way to put your hair up without compromising on style.
Use a couple of bobby pins to hold stretchy headbands in place as they can move around throughout the day and take your carefully styled updo with them if you're not careful.
11. Pigtail braids
Slowly but surely, pigtails are gaining in popularity, and we think their pretty, playful vibe is perfect for a city vacation look. After all, you're there to have fun! You can use any braid technique you want, from fishtails to rope twists, and you can style them with more texture if you prefer.
If it gets really hot during the day, you can pull your pigtails up and pin them into a braided headband to keep your neck cool. Also, if you style them with slightly damp hair in the morning, you can shake your pigtails out at the end of the day to reveal a headful of loose, natural looking waves. It's the ultimate multi-tasking hairstyle!
12. Summer waves
When you want your hair to look styled for a night out, a nice dinner or even just an afternoon spent wandering through a market, try some summery waves à la Zoe Saldana. This hairstyle is easy to style and it looks good on any haircut from a long bob to cascading Rapunzel hair. Like Zoe, try pairing it with florals for a cute, sunny look.
To get curls that last all day, make sure you clip each piece of hair up as soon as it comes off the curling iron. The heat sets the strands in a certain shape, and keeping them in that shape until they're cold will make the curls more likely to last longer. You should also make sure you set them with plenty of hairspray for extra hold, and to prevent any unwanted frizz and flyaways from popping up.
13. Sleek side ponytail
Timeless hairstyles like the sleek ponytail are really handy when you want to do something with your hair, but you don't want it to overwhelm the rest of your look. If you're figuring out your beauty look for a night out, or want to show off a new dress, a minimalist hairstyle is always a safe bet. For an ultra-chic finish, disguise the hair tie with a pinch of hair from the ponytail - all you need to do is wrap it around the base of the pony and secure it underneath with a bobby pin.
Start the smoothing process as soon as you step out of the shower with a heat protectant such as Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. Whether you blow-dry or leave your locks to air dry naturally, the cream will smooth the cuticle as it dries.