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15 Summer updos to keep your hair off your neck

/ 05.20.2015

Keeping long and medium length hair off the back of the neck is a huge priority when choosing a summer updo. Luckily, there are many different ways to do it, so you don't have to stick to the same tired topknot all summer long! Below, you'll find fifteen gorgeous warm weather hairstyles, all of which will keep your tresses off the back of your neck. Which one will you try first?

1. Curly updo

Messy updo
Messy updo

If you have naturally curly hair, or want something with plenty of volume, try a messy, curly updo. This hairstyle is also a great way to deal with frizzy hair when taming the fuzz just isn't possible.

How to style it

Step 1

Starting with dry hair, spritz Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray throughout.

Step 2

Curl the lengths and ends of your hair with a 1" curling iron. Once curled, shake your fingers through your mane to break it up a bit.

Step 3

Starting at the front and working your way back, pull large pieces of hair up, loosely twist them, and pin them to the top of your head, leaving the ends loose. Keep going until all of your hair is up in a big, messy chignon.

Step 4

Complete the look with lashings of hairspray!

2. Airy updo

Airy updo
Airy updo

An airy updo will keep your locks up and under control and works especially well when humidity is an issue. It also looks gorgeous with floral accessories!

How to style it

Step 1

Spray your roots with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, focusing on the top and crown of your head.

Step 2

Lift the hair and gently backcomb it from behind to add volume. Start at the front and work your way back, only backcombing to add an inch or so of extra height.

Step 3

Sweep your hair back and secure it into a bun or French twist, then finish with plenty of hairspray to lock in your style and seal your strands against any humidity in the air.

3. Beehive

Beehive
Beehive

Vintage hairstyles are never a bad idea and a retro beehive is a classic look everyone should have in their arsenal. It doesn't have to be skyscraping, just well rounded.

How to style it

Step 1

Spray the roots at the crown of your head with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, leaving the front well alone.

Step 2

Tease the hair at the crown with a fine-tooth comb to build plenty of volume.

Step 3

Gently smooth over the teased hair and style the ends into a French twist at the back.

Step 4

Tuck the unteased hair at the front behind your ears and put a headband on if you so wish.

Step 5

To finish, mist your beehive all over with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray for long lasting hold.

4. Braided updo

Braided updo
Braided updo

For a hairstyle that won't budge, whatever you do, try a braided updo. It keeps your hair off your neck and also protects most of it from UV exposure!

How to style it

Step 1

Brush your hair to detangle it, then divide it into three vertical sections. Clip the sections on the outside up out of the way while you work on the middle.

Step 2

French braid the middle section of hair from the top of your head to the nape.

Step 3

French braid the sections on either side, too.

Step 4

Tuck the ends in at the bottom and secure with bobby pins. Pin down any pieces of hair that may have fallen out at the sides while you were braiding, too.

Step 5

Gently tease a few wispy pieces of hair loose here and there to soften the look, then finish with hairspray.

5. Big braided bun

Braided bun
Braided bun

Perfect for long hair, a big braided bun will keep the lengths up and under wraps, whatever your plans!

How to style it

Step 1

Starting with damp hair, apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream throughout and blow-dry, using a paddle brush to keep the hair smooth.

Step 2

Once dried, use the brush to sweep your hair into a mid-height ponytail, eliminating any bumps as you do so.

Step 3

Loosely braid the ponytail all the way to the ends and tie.

Step 4

Wind the braid into a large bun, coiling the braid in a snakelike way, and secure it with bobby pins. You'll need to pin the bun around the edges and also tack down the middle in order to completely secure it.

Step 5

Finish with plenty of hairspray to prevent flyaways and protect your hairstyle from frizz.

6. French braided updo

French braided updo
French braided updo

This simple, super pretty braided updo hairstyle is really versatile. It looks great with casual attire but can be dressed up with statement makeup and a couple of accessories for more party ready vibe, too.

How to style it

Step 1

Brush your hair to detangle it, then divide it into two equal halves as if you were creating pigtails. Clip one half up out of the way.

Step 2

French braid the loose half from the from the front all the way behind your ear, then braid it normally all the way to the ends.

Step 3

French braid the other side the same way.

Step 4

Join the ends of the braid together and twist them into a bun at the back. Secure with bobby pins.

Step 5

Finish with plenty of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to finish.

7. High ballerina bun

High ballet bun
High ballet bun

Simple, chic and really easy to style, the high ballerina bun is a classic summer hairstyle that's as pretty as it is practical.

How to style it

Step 1

If you're starting with dirty hair, use dry shampoo to refresh your mane before styling it. Spritz Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray onto your roots then brush it out.

Step 2

Use a paddle brush to sweep your hair up into a high ponytail, then secure it with a hair tie.

Step 3

Tightly twist the pony and wind it into a small bun. Secure with bobby pins.

Step 4

Spray your finished bun with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to complete the look. To tack down any persistent flyaways, mist your hands with water then smooth them over the top and sides of your head.

8. Messy updo

Messy updo
Messy updo

Ideal for bed head beauties, a messy, tousled updo is the perfect summer hairstyle!

How to style it

Step 1

Scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends of your hair to add texture.

Step 2

Pull it back into a loose, messy knot and secure with a hair tie. Then, tack down the knot with bobby pins to make sure it stays in place throughout the day.

Step 3

Pull a few strands loose at random and muss the top as desired with your fingertips.

9. Off-center topknot

Off center topknot
Off center topknot

For a more playful take on your go-to topknot, try an off-center placement.

How to style it

Step 1

After detangling your hair, apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray evenly throughout.

Step 2

Straighten your hair in sections with a flat iron to get a smooth, glossy look.

Step 3

Gather your hair into a high pony and secure it on one side of the top of your head with an elastic.

Step 4

Wind the pony into a slightly undone knot and secure with bobby pins.

Step 5

Complete the look with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to add shine and prevent frizz.

10. Messy high ponytail

Messy high ponytail
Messy high ponytail

A messy, high ponytail is a great look for wavy and curly hair, just make sure to position it slightly above the crown of your head so the lengths are well off your neck.

How to style it

Step 1

Apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to protect your hair, then create some loose waves with a 1" curling iron.

Step 2

When you're happy with the texture, shake your fingers through your hair to break it up a bit.

Step 3

Gather your hair messily into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. For an extra messy look, leave some of the ends tucked into the the elastic when your pull your hair through it for the last time.

Step 4

Gently pull a few small pieces of hair loose at the front to frame your face, then finish with hairspray.

11. Sideswept pomp

Sideswept pomp
Sideswept pomp

A sideswept pompadour is a great alternative to a beehive hairstyle. It has all the volume, but combines it with a more edgy finish to create an interesting silhouette.

How to style it

Step 1

Flip your hair over to one side and spray only the roots at the front with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray.

Step 2

Lift the hair from the hairline and backcomb it from behind to add height. When you're done, gently sweep it back into a pomp and secure it on top of your head with a couple of bobby pins.

Step 3

Gather the rest of your hair into a knot or French twist at the back, then finish with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray for long-lasting hold.

12. Windswept bun

Windswept bun
Windswept bun

Sometimes frizz is just inevitable, but with a windswept bun hairstyle, you can make it appear totally deliberate. Your hair, your way... or at least that's what it'll look like!

How to style it

Step 1

Use a paddle brush to sweep your hair up into a high ponytail, then secure it with a hair elastic.

Step 2

Twist and pin the ponytail into a bun.

Step 3

Spray your hair all over with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, then lightly muss the style all over with your hands to whip up a kind of mohair effect.

Step 4

Finish with hairspray to hold your wispy texture and prevent more frizz from appearing.

13. Low ballerina bun

Low ballerina bun
Low ballerina bun

Pinned and inch or two above the nape of the neck, a low ballerina bun is just as effective as a high one on hot weather days!

How to style it

Step 1

Apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream to damp hair and blow-dry, using a paddle brush to guide your strands straight.

Step 2

Once dried, gather your hair into a low pony and tie it at least an inch above the nape of your neck.

Step 3

Twist the ponytail into a tight bun and secure with bobby pins.

Step 4

Finish with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to add shine and tame any flyaways.

14. Low braided bun

Low braided bun
Low braided bun

When you just want your hair to be out of the way, a low braided bun is perfect. It has plenty of detail and it'll keep everything back off your face and neck.

How to style it

Step 1

Detangle your hair, then French braid it from the crown of your head all the way down to the nape of your neck. Secure with a hair tie, like a low ponytail.

Step 2

Leaving it tied, braid the rest of your hair all the way to the ends and secure with another tie.

Step 3

Twist the braided pony into a bun and secure with bobby pins, both around the outside and in the middle for the best hold.

Step 4

Finish with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to finish.

15. Reverse braided updo

Reverse braided updo
Reverse braided updo

If you're really good at braiding, or feel like taking on a challenge, try a reverse braided updo. It's super practical for summer and the detail is seriously impressive!

How to style it

Step 1

Flip your head upside down and brush the hair to detangle.

Step 2

Keeping your head upside down, French braid your hair until you reach the top of your head. This may take some practice, and you may need to have little breaks where you hold everything in place with your hands to flip your head the right way up for a minute or two.

Step 3

Secure the braid with a hair tie at the top of your head, then twist the resulting ponytail into a messy bun on top of your head.

Step 4

Lock in your style with plenty of hairspray.

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