3 Low-Key, Medium-Length Hairstyles For Your (Non-) Labor Day Weekend

Easy looks to try for the long weekend.

Bittersweet tears—Labor Day Weekend marks the official start of fall. While most of us enjoyed the scorching humidity (spittle) during this transitional week, we’re also looking forward to the last few days of chillaxing before we step things up again for fashion season. Luckily, those of us rocking some medium-length hairstyles have it easy—no time is better than the present for some stylish, relaxed looks.

Whether it be some loose waves or a simple side braid, read on for some quick and easy looks for every day of the long weekend. We may just be lounging around, but lounge around in style we must! Scroll, scroll, scroll:

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The trick to perfect loose waves? Don’t overthink them. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Saturday: Chunky Bends

We’ve rhapsodized enough over the street-style appeal of loose, chunky waves. There’s still no denying their versatility and ease of wear, however, especially when your waves are done in random directions for a more tousled feel. Emulate this louchey weekend look by taking a curling wand and twirling alternating sections in opposite directions. A spritz of light-hold hairspray, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray, keeps your look structured but still touchable.

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The lazy girl’s trick to looking trendy: Do a half French. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Sunday: Side Braid

A French braid, done crown-style from one ear across the head to the other, is a rapid-fire way to incorporate a trending look into regular medium-length hairstyles. To achieve, prep hair with a heat protect mist (we like Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist) and rough-dry your hair with a blowdryer. Then starting above one ear, begin French-braiding until you reach the other side of your head, securing with a hair tie or bobby pins.

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Let some loose tendrils around your hairline soften up your half-updo. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Monday: Half-Updo Top Knot

Take the half-updo to new (and more fashion-savvy) heights via a top knot. This fun, weather-appropriate look has a slight ’90s vibe that’s very much on the radar, but still totally wearable. The look works best on hair that, in true grunge fashion, retains a bit of chunk or a matte feel. Prepping locks with a texturizing spray, such as Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, then blow-drying, can help create cute waves and give a bit of grip for that high bun.