When you have an active weekend or vacation planned, your hair is the last thing you want to think about. Whether you're going hiking, climbing, kayaking, walking or heading to the beach this weekend, try one of the practical-chic hairstyles below to keep your hair up and under control while you get on with enjoying the great outdoors.
1. Ponytail with a headband
As practical, sporty hairstyles go, the ponytail is always a great go-to look. With a high or mid-height placement, the bulk of the hair is kept up and off the back of the neck while the lengths retain plenty of movement. You can wear a ponytail with any hair texture and, as you can see in the photo above, headbands are a great addition - especially for keeping sweat off your hairline and/or hiding dirty roots.
To keep your headband in place, use some dry shampoo to add grip to your hair and bobby pins. Spray your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray then brush it out before putting your hair up.
2. High volume updo
A voluminous, airy updo is perfect for when you want to keep your hair under control in a really chic, pretty way. With enough bobby pins, this style won't move, and you can use a couple of barrettes for added hold.
For a lightweight, voluminous finish, spray your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray then gently backcomb it. Focus on the top and crown of your head to get an even amount of height. After backcombing, sweep your hair into a knot or French twist at the back and secure with as many bobby pins as you need.
3. Headband updo
If you need to get up early for your weekend activities, you probably won't want to spend much time styling your hair before you head out. A headband updo is a really fast, easy way to take care of your hair, especially if you don't plan to wash and blowdry, and it looks great with a messy, bed head texture... so you can basically just roll out of bed and go!
To fill out the texture, spritz your hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray, then use a 1" curling iron on the lengths and ends. Shake your fingers through your hair to break it up a bit, put your headband on, and gather your hair back into a messy knot.
4. Tousled French braid
Another gorgeous hairstyle for messy locks, a tousled French braid will keep your hair under wraps and totally on trend thanks to the textured finish. The soft edges are really pretty, and you can tie a ribbon around the hair tie at the ends for some extra detail. You can also try this hairstyle with a fishtail braid technique for a more intricate look.
Even though this hairstyle has an undone, messy finish, you don't want frizz and flyaways to take over. Protect your finished braid with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to seal your strands against the elements and maintain the texture you started the day with.
5. Smooth side braid with a headband
If you end up leaving the house with wet hair, a smooth side braid combined with a headband is a great hairstyle that will transform into textured, undone waves when you take it out at the end of the day. The headband will keep all of your hair off your face and the braid itself will keep the lengths under control while you're outside. You can really make this hairstyle your own thanks to the countless headband styles available, and you can switch up the braid with a rope twist or a fishtail if you prefer.
After towel drying your hair, apply a smoothing cream before braiding. Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream will keep the hair flyaway-free as it dries, leaving you with soft waves when you take out your braid later on.
6. Milkmaid braids
If braided updos seem kind of intimidating, cheat with some milkmaid braids! They're basically just two braided pigtails pinned up to form a headband - it's impossible to mess it up. All of the hair is kept up and off the neck, so if you're doing something where you're likely to sweat, your mane will be totally protected. The braids also do a good job of protecting most of your hair from the sun, too.
Get a high-shine finish with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray. Apply it before braiding and to your completed updo to eliminate flyaways and prevent frizz while you're on the go.
7. Double buns
For an all-up hairstyle that won't move at all throughout the day, try some double buns. With a high placement, this updo will help you keep cool and will protect your hair from sweat and humidity. Combine this style with braids for a more detailed look and use a headband to absorb sweat if you're doing anything super physical.
For curly hair, keep your strands frizz-free by applying Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream to damp hair before either drying with a diffuser or pinning your hair up to air dry naturally.
8. Low braided ponytail
For a really easy yet totally chic look, try a low braided ponytail. It's perfect for medium length haircuts and it's a really simple way keep your hair out of the way without compromising on style. You can accessorize with ribbons, bows, headbands, bandanas... you name it!
If you're starting with freshly washed, damp hair, there's no need to blow-dry with this hairstyle. Simply apply some Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to prevent frizz and flyaways, then put your hair up and let it air dry.
9. Braided updo
A braided updo is one of the best ways to keep all of your hair off your neck, out of your face and totally under control for absolutely any activity imaginable. It's a really pretty look and you can wear it with a tousled texture for a slightly softer finish. To be on the safe side, take a few extra bobby pins with you in case you need to alter your style during the day.
Braided hairstyles work best with dirty hair, so you don't need to wash and blow-dry before styling one. Instead, use some Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray to absorb any excess oil at the root and add some grip to your hair.
10. Scrunchie bun
Scrunchies are amazing hair accessories. They're super strong, they're gentle, and they come in all kinds of colors and prints so you'll definitely find one you'll love. A scrunchie bun will keep long hair up all day long, and won't dent the hair. So, when you take it down, you'll end up with kink-free tresses that can be flipped to one side or brushed back into any style you like for the evening.
Keep the bun fairly tight so your hair stays as smooth as possible. A loose bun leaves room for humidity and sweat, or both, to get inside and cause frizz and unwanted flyaways, which will ruin your end-of-day tresses.
11. Messy topknot
If you start the day with a loose hairstyle but decide you want to wear it up after all, try a messy topknot. All you need to do is tie the hair into a high pony, twist the lengths into a knot, and secure with bobby pins. Pull a few pieces loose at the front and around the knot to soften the look, then accessorize as desired.
Try messily braiding your ponytail before your turn it into a bun. Whether you use a regular three-strand technique or go for something more intricate like a fishtail, a pretty plait will add detail and take your topknot to the next level.
12. Pigtail braids
If you thought pigtails were just for middle schoolers, think again. With a low placement and an interesting, uneven braid technique, pigtail braids make for a playful yet grownup hairstyle that does a great job of keeping long and medium hair under control. Whether you're dealing with humidity, or want to keep your hair in check without wearing it in an updo, you should definitely consider this hairstyle!
To get an original look, braid the hair with a three-strand technique, keeping one of the three sections much smaller than the other two. This will create an uneven plait with a bit more edge than a regular braid.
13. Sleek bun
There's a reason ballerinas love bun hairstyles, and that's because they're practical and downright beautiful! Pinned tightly at the back, long and medium-length hair won't budge at all until you take it down. You can also choose between a low, high or mid-height placement, depending on what you feel most comfortable with.
After securing your bun, eliminate flyaways once and for all with a veil Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. After spritzing your bun, mist your hands with some water then smooth them over the top and sides of your head for a sleek, fuzz-free finish that'll last all day.
14. XXL Topknot
For a bigger, bolder take on the topknot, try an XXL look with a bun maker and a slightly undone finish. This hairstyle feels totally relaxed, but it'll keep your hair in place for as long as you need, as well as keeping your neck cool and preventing the ends from becoming lank and sweaty.
After putting your hair up, finish with plenty of hairspray, then gently loosen a few pieces here and here to soften the look.
15. Half-up braids
Not all activities are ultra-physical and sweat-inducing, so if you're doing something fairly slow paced like walking or hanging out in the countryside, try a half-up braided hairstyle. It's a really cute look that keeps long strands out of your face without sacrificing all the movement to an updo.
Add shine to your hair and prevent flyaways with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray when you're done styling.