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It is finally summer and with that radiant sun shining bright, those heat-induced hairstyles are not always the best for the sweaty days of summer. The humidity can have your hair puffed up and turned out, and besides, excessive heat on your hair from curling and flat ironing is never a good idea anyway. Here are four alternatives that will help you to back away from the blow dryer, put the flat iron down and save your hair for summer.

1. The Bun ‘do

I absolutely love a good bun ‘do. It can be sleek and sophisticated or flirty and playful. In the summertime, when the heat and humidity may do a number on your hair and make the frizz stand at attention, simply tie a folded head scarf around your head to hold your hair down and add a splash of style.

2. Set Your Hair

Rather than using direct heat to straighten your hair, you can roller set it under the dryer. YouTube offers a ton of tutorials on how to roller set a bevvy of hair textures from relaxed to natural. Alternatively, you can skip the heat all together and roller set your hair with flexi rods to create lush curls. Simply flat twisting your hair down and roller setting the ends will give you big curly hair you are looking for in the morning.

3. Roll, tuck & pin.

Break those bobby pins out and get creative. Day-old curls can be pinned up into new fresh styles. Swoop it to the side or pin the back up for fun retro looks. Go all out and pin your hair up into a mohawk, it’s all about how creative you can get with the bobby pins. Plus, here’s another time where the headband can help to smooth down a look and add a splash of style.

4. Yarn braids

Don’t run away because you don’t know how to braid extensions into your hair. Using yarn is an easy alternative that allows for a better grip than synthetic or human hair and allows the hair braiding novice to complete a look that’s super chic for the summertime. You can braid or twist the yarn into your hair to create long braids that are just in time for the summer. A protective style that’s fly!

For more ideas and tips, visit Carol’s Daughters Transitioning Movement website, which addresses the needs of women transitioning from relaxed to natural.  

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