As soon as I sense any sort of heat or humidity — like the exact kind you’ll find outside right now — my immediate go-to has always been the same mundane ponytail, plagued by fly-aways and devoid of volume. Surprisingly, some of the best hair inspiration I found was on the runways — actual ‘dos you can actually. Here are five of the best hairstyles that look chic, beat the heat and keep frizz at bay. But the best part: They’re not as daunting as you may think. Just follow our handy how-to guides, and give yourself an extra ten minutes in the morning. Your topknot will never be the same again.
The Big Topknot
Why To Wear It: It keeps strands out of your face and off of your neck.
The Inspiration: Kate Spade’s spring/summer 2014 collection.
Tip: Spritz hair with hairspray before you put it up for extra hold!
The Messy French Braid
Why To Wear It: It tames thick hair and makes it impossible to tell whimsical wisps from uncontrollable fly-aways.
The Inspiration: Rachel Zoe’s spring/summer 2014 show.
How To: Follow this easy guide.
Tip: This messy hairdo will loosen as the day goes on. Don’t fret! It just makes it look more effortless.
Why To Wear It: The style is great for long hair, and a braid crown complements just about every face shape.
The Inspiration: Rebecca Minkoff spring/summer 2014.
How To: This is the easiest one yet!
Tip: A spritz of dry shampoo at the end gives the look a matte finish and a more undone feel.
The Bubble Ponytail
Why To Wear It: The possibility of fly-away-frizz in this pony is slim-to-none thanks to all of the extra elastic.
The Inspiration: Valentino fall 2015.
Tip: Use uniform, thin hair ties to keep the look chic and not childish.
The Undone Fishtail
Why To Wear It: It’s more versatile than the standard braid, and works perfectly for nighttime.
The Inspiration: Tory Burch spring 2013.
How To: This is the trickiest of them all, but this stellar video tutorial breaks it down expertly.
Tip: When you’re finished, run a blowdryer over it or tousle with your fingers to pull out wisps and make it look more bedhead messy.