When you're thinking of ways to refresh your look for the summer, a new 'do is always a go-to option if you're seeking a bold change. But ever stop and catch yourself wondering, Wait, can I pull this off at my age? To all the twentysomethings (yes, even you), thirtysomethings, and fortysomethings who harp on this question, fret no more. When it comes to your hair, it's about time you pulled the strings. The number one rule is to have a happy, healthy mane. This means starting with the basics, like a trusty shampoo and conditioner, to help you achieve that gorgeous (and age-defying) hair renaissance you're after for the warm days ahead.
Keep scrolling for four flattering hair ideas you can try this summer with Pantene Dry Defy and Fade Defy Expert Collections on your team. (No ID required.)
Beachy, texturized waves are synonymous with summertime, so taking on perfectly undone tresses is your obvious next move. From messy salt water–tinged tips to a more tamed top, this off-duty hair look is a versatile option.
Heat is a major player in achieving this tousled style. Your tools include a 3/4-inch curling iron or blow-dryer, and the risk of frizz is imminent. Fight the static and help seal the cuticle with Pantene Expert Fade Defy Magnifying Gloss. It not only safeguards your textured waves from the humidity (should you find yourself vacationing south of the equator) but also contributes a healthy sheen. (Plus, if your hair is color-treated, remember to first use a shampoo and conditioner to help protect your color from elements.)
The almost architectural quality of the hair bend is not a mane myth experts made up to entice you into a salon visit. This achievable look can transition into twentysomething territory as a fresh way to wear your hair down on a date or a more pulled-back and put-together option for the thirtysomething and beyond.
The method in which you mix your metals is also key. After your blowout, you’ll need a flatiron to get your ends to bend. Run it three-quarters of the way through (an inch from the bottom), and hold at a 45-degree angle for a few seconds. Before you snap, protect your locks from the heat with a dollop of Pantene Dry Defy Velvet Infusion. Once set, pin the front ends back with two simple barrettes for a polished result.
Some may think there’s an age limit to the braid—don’t give in to that view and rule out the ’do just yet. It’s easy to get caught in the crosshairs of what looks youthful and fresh versus what looks just plain childish. The trick is to avoid starting the braid at the crown (this is a surefire way to age down your look), and opt for a sleek low-hanging fishtail instead.
Run a magnifying gloss through your locks for an accessible yet luxe take on the on-trend wet look. This tip also doubles as a hair mask that will protect your strands from the unpredictable summer weather.
This simple and universally beloved updo makes it an ageless option for all who abide by the chignon canon. Call the “undone bun” the less refined version of its french counterpart, if you will, but lacking in polish it is not. The low-maintenance twist acts as a romantic and wispy afterthought for a weekend day date but is still serious enough for a Monday-to-Friday mane.
The downside to this versatile updo? Your hair becomes vulnerable to breakage from the twists, turns, and too-tight knots. If you’re attached to this look, remember to nourish your hair with shampoo and conditioner regularly to keep your tresses manageable and healthy.
Which ageless look do YOU want to try this summer? Tell us in the comments below.
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