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5 Summer styling hacks to deal with really long hair

/ 06.29.2015
Blake Lively's long summer waves
Blake Lively's long summer waves

When it gets hot out, really long hair can become a real nightmare to deal with. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to make styling and caring for long hair a bit easier during the summer. To find out exactly what they are, check out the styling hacks below!

1/ Update your updos

As with hair accessories, you can never have too many updos in your arsenal! Sure, your favorite topknot is super practical, but it is nice to have more than one way to keep the lengths of your hair up and off your neck when temperatures are soaring! Why not try a bun, French twist, or messy chignon?

2/ Learn to braid

Just like updos in general, braided hairstyles are really, really useful when you want to keep long hair out of the way without compromising on style. There are many different looks to try, from French braided updos for the experts, to easier fishtail braids and simple pigtails for anyone whose braiding skills are a little rusty.

3/ Ditch your bangs

We love bangs and for the most part, they're totally worth the effort required to style them. However, when it's well over 85° out, a fringe is one more thing to make dealing with your hair more difficult than you'd like. So, if it's starting to feel like you're doing battle with your hair every day, you might want to think about ditching your bangs until fall, whether you grow them out of keep them pinned back.

4/ Prevent frizz

One of the biggest problems with long hair during the summer, is frizz. Sweat, humidity and just the heat in general can cause unwanted fuzz, so protect your strands with a smoothing cream before blow drying. A product such as Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream will keep the hair calm as it dries, and help to prevent frizz afterward. Don't skimp on the finishing spray either as it creates a protective barrier between your hair and any moisture in the air that can cause frizz.

5/ Invest in a headband

One of the easiest ways to tame long hair is with a headband. You can use one to keep your hair off your face, create an updo, or generally tie your whole look together while keeping your locks under control!

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