Dear summer, as you begin to display a until next year salute I would like to thank you for some gorgeous days and enough humidity to keep my hair close to dehydration. However, early on in the season before things got hairy and scary, I chose to get my hair done in box braids, what a relief! Thanks to the best hairstyle (for me) to suit my style I was able to wear my hair in ways that protected my natural tresses.
You may have opted to wear your hair up more than down, or with a new color or a sew-in weave. Whichever was your go-to summer hairstyle you stayed true to make it work and beat the heat. So, as an ode to summer, let’s break down the top 5 hairstyles that were popular and inexpensive to achieve. In Philadelphia these looks frequented the city, from the corporate woman rocking a french braid, to the local college student taking classes at Temple University sporting a huge afro, the manes varied.
Affectionately known as the “Poetic Justice” braids, this style was very popular this summer! Not only are the braids easy to manage daily, you can style them in so many chic ways. From up in a round bun, to down straight, to up in a cute ponytail. Most women go to a hair braiding shop to get this look which can start at about $90, depending on size and length. If you know someone who braids well, why not reach out to them, you might save a few bucks!
This summer a lot of women opted for a certain assymetrical look, the bob. It’s flirty and easy to maintain. Celebrities like Diana Agron (Glee) and most recently singer Beyonce trimmed their tresses for the bob style. If you’re looking to get this look make an appointment with your hairdresser, prices may vary depending on where you go. But to care for this style at home all you’ll need is your comb and brush, a satin scarf and a flat iron (Conair- $19.99 at Target) when needed.
The French Braid is a classic hairstyle, and it was also a go-to for some this summer. It doesn’t cost anything, just your fingers and maybe a little patience and practice to get the perfect braid. If you need a gel or a certain moisturizer, you’ll only spend a few bucks at your local beauty supply store or your favorite place to buy hair products.
A simple bun is comfortable and very easy to do. All it takes is a hairbrush, ponytail band, and maybe a few bobby pins. This sleek style is a great choice for any season but perfect during summer to keep hair off of the neck or shoulders.
Short and sweet, this hairstyle is bold and quite fabulous. This summer many ladies chopped their locks to compliment a change in their lives or to just try something new. You might spend a few pennies at the hairdresser to achieve the pixie cut, unless you or someone close to you will assist in the beautiful buzz.