4 Fresh Ways To Improve Your Summer Hair Game

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Summer updos that beat the heat

Once summer weather hits, getting our hair in order can be a struggle. Not only are we dealing with the effects of humidity, but sweltering temperatures can also make wearing our hair down an impossible, ultra-sweaty feat.

Which is why we’re looking for fresh new ways to wear our hair up, going above and beyond the average topknot. Hairstylist David Cruz takes us through four unique summer updos to try to take our summer hair look to a totally new level—and, in the process, keep us nice and cool.

Read more about how he created each look, below.

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Hair: David Cruz
Makeup: Sofiia Strykova
Stylist: Heather Newberger
Chi and Olivia at Fenton, Janine at Bicoastal, and Alyssa at Marilyn
Hair Assistant: Julianne Laney
Makeup Assistant: Ifza Ishaq
Stylist's Assistant: Gabby Weis

Braiding is a surefire way to keep hair off the shoulders and neck and out of the way. But why not change things up a bit? For Alyssa’s look, Cruz was inspired by a classic French braid but decided to braid it upside down, working his way from the back of the head forward. “It makes for a cool silhouette—almost a little rockabilly.” Working with Alyssa's naturally curly texture, he amplified it with a wave spray to gain the perfect amount of control.

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Alyssa is wearing a Coach dress and a vintage brooch via The Shiny Squirrel (worn in hair).

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Chi is wearing a Zara dress and Avocet Jewelry earrings. Alyssa is wearing a Coach dress and a vintage brooch via The Shiny Squirrel (worn in hair).

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“Changing up your braids and mixing it up can keep your looks fresh all summer,” says Cruz. For Chi, he gave an average topknot a (literal) twist, by not only incorporating in a braid but a unique rope braid. Using a rough-drying mousse, he gave the look some manageable texture.

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Chi is wearing a Zara dress, Coach shoes, and Avocet Jewelry earrings.

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Deciding on an updated version of the classic braid, Cruz amplified Olivia’s look with a fishtail braid, starting from the front of the head and braiding back. For her naturally straight hair, Cruz opted again for a rough-drying mousse to give it a cool texture that’s easy to manage.

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Olivia is wearing a Rachel Comey top and earrings, a Jason Wu dress, and The Shiny Squirrel bangles.

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Janine is wearing a Coach dress and a vintage brooch via The Shiny Squirrel (worn in hair). Olivia is wearing a Rachel Comey top and earrings and The Shiny Squirrel bangles.

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If you have an afro or short, curly hair, Cruz suggests working with your natural texture, opting for simple ideas that make a big impact. For Janine’s look, he pulled one side of her hair into three separate ponytails, using a piece of hair jewelry to tie it all together. “It creates a cool shape and makes your hair look a little more interesting.” To finish off the look, he used a shine product to add moisture and shine sans weighing it all down.

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Janine is wearing a Coach dress, a Nina Berenato Jewelry bracelet, and a vintage brooch via The Shiny Squirrel (worn in hair). 

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Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."