Happy Independence Day, ’Murica! July 4th weekend is around the corner, and while everyone’s busy cleaning their barbecue grills, booking last-minute beach getaways or putting in extra hours at the gym for those star-spangled bikinis, we’re all about acing some easy weekend hairstyles that help us look extra fab amidst the backyard chaos.
Just because the mercury’s up, inhibitions are (sorta) down and everyone’s in full-on party mode doesn’t mean your ’do has to fall by the wayside. Nothing dampens a gal’s vibe more acutely than a bad hair day, especially during a prime Instagram-worthy long weekend! Read on for styles that pack a punch, but won’t keep you away too long from the festivities, whether it’s mimosas with your mamacitas or creating your own fireworks with your S.O.:
6 Easy Weekend Hairstyles
Day 1: Summer Friday, cocktail hour
Look 1: Flirty half-updo
A half-day calls for a half-updo, amirite? A bumpy half-up hairdo is perfect for summer Fridays spent both at work and play. It’s the perfect look for keeping things polished for morning, and is also fun enough for early-afternoon sangria sessions with the girls or for strolling through the park with your pooch.
Day 1: Friday, at the clubs
Look 2: Side-swept ponytail
Don’t even think about it—no, really, just sweep the rest of your hair up into a full ponytail, tuck some cute strands behind one ear to soften the look and you’re done. An updo on the dance floor is a gravely underutilized tool; all that hair away from your face means so much more freedom to bust out those moves. To freshen things up, mist hair with some dry shampoo beforehand to soak up any excess grease that may flatten out your crown.
Day 2: Saturday, morning gym session
Look 1: Top knot
Sneak in one last kickboxing sesh with your trainer for good measure. Putting your hair in a no-nonsense top knot means you are ready to work it good, while you sweat off those extra calories from the week. In a pinch, a top knot or bantu also unfurls into some natural-looking summer waves, making it a great “setting” hairstyle for anything you might have going in the evening.
Day 2: Saturday, sunset yacht party
Look 2: Beachy pigtail twists
Sailing off into the orange sky with your best buds—and that soon-to-be-summer-fling—means you need one of those easy weekend hairstyles that looks fly, but effortlessly so. The lowlight conditions make it more convenient for a romantic, hair-down look, but keep things in beachy, relaxed territories with some middle-parted waves twisted off to each side. The fluffier/more imprecise your curls or waves are, the better; it makes for a softer, more carefree vibe.
Wanna make it more on-trend? Brush out those curls for a bendy texture.
Day 2: Saturday, boardwalk dinner
Look 2: Curly ponytail
Lounging around, beachside, with your nearest and dearest evokes a cozy feeling. Part of the magic of those balmy summer evenings is the awesome wine and conversation, so a look that daintily highlights your features while still keeping things somewhat neat and ready for some deep, heart-to-heart talks might be up your alley. Keep any unkemptness and windswept flyaways at bay with a slight spritzing of hairspray at the base.
Day 3: Sunday, brunch
Look 1: Low bun
What goes with a hangover, big sunglasses and yesterday’s bikini coverup? A low bun, of course. Worn slightly to one side, it gives off an offhand-chic vibe and puts the focus on that bright new lipstick you wanted to show off to the girls. (Also, it’s done in 20 seconds, which might be 19 seconds more than you really want to spend on your hair with a splitting headache.)
Day 3: Sunday, barbecue + fireworks
Look 2: High ponytail
You’ve napped, showered and are ready for round two (or six…). A perky, shiny, healthy-looking ponytail stays clearly out of hamburger and sparkler range, and is a cute head-turner that goes perfectly with your new bikini. An updo like a high pony can also keep your new dye job safe from the assaults of chlorine and other pool chemicals. Strands that are securely tucked away are crucial when you decide to take a dip, not to mention keep your face free for that all-too-important 4th of July smooch!
Which of these easy weekend hairstyles will you try?