Steamy weather usually means lots of bad hair days ahead. But why sweat through a blowout, fight with your flat iron or settle for a boring ponytail? Summer is the perfect time to try out one of the hottest trends in hair right now: the updo.
"No one wants to go outside and sweat out their hairdo," says award-winning stylist Ben De Cordova, owner of Salon De Cordova in Lutz. "Updos are popular because they're cool, versatile and work for any occasion."
De Cordova comes from a family of hairdressers and has been working in the hair industry since he was 17.
He suggests these three easy updos you can do at home to keep you cooler during the steamy weeks ahead.
This style works well with most hair textures, says De Cordova. But if you have really thick hair, it might be hard to get the chopstick around. You can add a second chopstick to the style when it's done.
Brush hair straight back at ear level, as if you were going to make a ponytail. Grasp the hair halfway down the ponytail and place a chopstick in the middle. Twist the hair counter-clockwise around the chopstick. Spray the extra hair with some hairspray, lightly tease the ends and tuck them into the curl.
The Hair Net
This style works well with fine, straight or wavy hair. The style relies on a hair net to mold the ponytail into a letter S.
Make a ponytail and secure it with a hair-colored tie or a coated rubber band. Lightly tease the ponytail all the way down, then brush lightly (you don't want to remove the all the ratting). Wrap the hair net down the entire length of the ponytail and hold it in place by sticking a bobbie pin underneath the ponytail. Now form a letter S with the pony tail, vertically or horizontally. Put bobbie pins into both ends to hold the form and lightly spray.
The secret to this style is using a scrunchie that matches your hair color.
Pull hair back into a high ponytail using a scrunchie. Wrap the ponytail around the entire scrunchie counter-clockwise, hiding the scrunchie and creating a shell look. Secure with hair clips if needed. De Cordova says those with wavy hair can allow some loose tendrils to fall down the side for a more romantic look.
Want to learn how to do more updo styles? De Cordova will teach an "Advanced Updo" class from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and an "Upstyling with Braids and Plaiting" from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Sheraton Suites, Tampa Airport West Shore, 4400 W. Cypress St., Tampa. Tickets are $45. Call (813) 526-0204.