summer hairstyle ponytail

Photograph: Peter Rosa; Hair Styling Products: Courtesy of Companies

Pony Up!
Looking for an easy updo? Elevate your ponytail by following DJ's simple strategy.

1. Add texture: If hair is coarse, rub a quarter-size dollop of styling gel between your palms and run your hands through wet hair from roots to ends. For fine hair, mist with texturizing spray.

2. Blow-dry hair straight.

3. Brush hair straight back and fasten tightly with a bungee cord elastic (for coarse hair) or a coated elastic (for fine hair) just below the crown. For a sassier look, place the pony higher.

4. Smooth the hair around the hairline and nape with pomade (for coarse hair) or hairspray (for fine hair). To tame flyaways, spritz a little hairspray on a toothbrush and brush them down.

5. Take a one-inch piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic. Secure it with a hairpin rather than a bobby pin so you can weave it into the base of the tail. Add glamour with a chic accessory.

Your Product Kit:
Aloxxi Gel Wax ($20;, L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist ($4;, Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Hair Brush ($150;, RickyCare Bungees ($7 for six;, and Garnier Ultra Strong Sheer Set Breathable Hold Hairspray ($6;
summer hairstyle august 2016 short choppy hair

Photograph: Peter Rosa; Hair Styling Products: Courtesy of Companies

Short Story
With an abbreviated bob, the secret to a great style is all in the prep, says DJ.

1. Mist hair all over with water till it's very damp.

2. With a wide-tooth comb, work an antifrizz cream through from roots to ends.

3. Blow-dry, tugging at the roots in front and at the crown for height.

4. When hair is dry, rub pomade between your palms and rake it through the hair completely. One that's matte (like a putty) gives a stronger hold on thick hair; one that's shiny (with a wetter look) won't weigh down fine hair.

5. No brushing! Style with your hands so the look is casual and less "done."

Radiance Guaranteed
When your hair's completely off your face and neck, you want your skin to look flawless and glowy. Makeup artist Berta Camal advises:

Be sure your face and neck are the same shade: Work your foundation or tinted moisturizer down to your collarbone.

For evening, add a little gleam to your face and décolletage by mixing a shot of liquid highlighter or shimmer with your moisturizer.

Dab an extra bit of highlighter cream on your shoulders and clavicle.

Your Product Kit:
Sephora Collection Tidy: Detangling Comb ($8;, Goldwell Kerasilk Control Smoothing Fluid ($30; for salons), Moroccanoil Texture Clay ($28;, and Wella Eimi Just Brilliant Shine Pomade ($9;
summer hairstyles august 2016 side braid

Photograph: Peter Rosa; Hair Styling Products: Courtesy of Companies

Full Plait
A side braid may look tricky, says DJ, but this style is as quick as one, two, three! (Okay—one, two, three, four.)

1. Thicken damp shoulder-length (or longer) hair with volumizing spray all over to bring out waves or just add texture.

2. If you have natural waves, encourage them with a rough blow-dry. If your hair is fine and straight, use a wide-barrel curling iron on dry hair to make waves, which will give the braid more texture and make it look thicker, heavier, and more substantial.

3. Create a side part. Then grab hair lightly and pull it to the opposite side of the part. Divide the hair into three sections. Start braiding just above the shoulder, so that hair is loose from the jaw to the shoulder. Secure braid at the bottom with a clear elastic or a small jeweled bobby pin tucked into the tail.

4. Flatten the braid by very gently tugging at the sides to make it wider and fuller.

Your Product Key:
StriVectin Hair Max Volume Root Lifting Spray ($26;, Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 ($200;, T3 Twirl Convertible Curling Iron ($185;, and Emi Jay Stella Bobby Pin ($10;