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Last updated: June 23, 2022

The Top 3 Summer Hairstyles Your Clients Will Ask For

How To Achieve The Most Snatched Summer Updos Your Clients Desire

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time for brightening balayages, splashes of vibrant color and clipping away undesired length. To combat the heat, ponytails, buns and braids are back. Take these styles to the next level with these new, expert techniques.


Top 5 #ONESHOT Awards finalist, The Salon by InStyle Digital Content Manager and BTC team member, Brendnetta Ashley (@edgybgirl), knows the styling game like no other. She shares with us her secrets to the top three most-desired summer updos that your clients will ask for. Keep scrolling for her essential tips. 



Look #1: Voluminous High Pony





1. Blow-dry hair in the direction of the base of the ponytail. For a high pony, blow-dry back and away from the face. This will prep the hair to naturally sit in the direction of the ponytail. 


2. Brush out hair thoroughly and continue brushing while styling, to lock down the strands seamlessly. Use a working spray instead of hard hold hairspray. This will keep the hair easy to manage and shape, without the crunchy aspect. 


3. Style hair into a ponytail with an elastic band. 


Pro Tip: Spray the elastic band with working spray to lubricate the band, minimizing hair pull. 


4. Flatten down any bubbles at the crown and around the head with the tail of the comb. Insert this end into the hair and smooth over, so you don’t have to take down and redo the entire ponytail!


5. Next, take a small, half-inch section of hair from underneath the ponytail, brush it smooth, and use this piece to cover the hair band. Wrap it around the base of the ponytail, then secure it down with bobby pins hidden underneath the ponytail.


6. Add texture spray into the ponytail to bring in some extra volume. Spray underneath the ponytail, in an upward direction, to mist
bthe product INTO the hair, instead of on top. 


Brendnetta’s Secret: Secure three bobby pins vertically underneath the base of the ponytail to poof the hair up, giving it a fuller look. 



Look #2: ’90s Side-Swoop Topknot





1. Similar to Look 1, secure the ponytail with the same first three steps, except this time, leave out a thick section for a side-swoop (so ‘90s!). To achieve this, part the front section over to one side. Map out where you want it to sit. Smooth it out and clip it down, keeping this section out of the ponytail. 


2. Clip the tail of this front section into the pony, tucked away. 


3. Smooth out any bubbles near the roots of the hair with the small end of a comb and working spray. Apply the working spray to the hair inside the ponytail as well. Brush it out.


4. Next, split the ponytail into two even sections. Twist each in opposite directions. Combine these two sections together by twisting them around each other.


5. Pull slightly on the twists to open it up and add volume. 


Pro Tip: If the client has super long hair, secure the end of the twisted ponytail with a small, clear band. 


6. Wrap this twist around the base of the ponytail, creating a perfectly messy bun. Pull slightly in strategic areas to fluff up the bun. 


7. Pin down the ends of the hair to secure the topknot. Create an X shape with the bobby pins for maximum stability. Be sure that the rigid side of the bobby pin is facing down, toward the scalp, for a tighter hold. 


8. With the end of your comb, smooth any flyaways into place. Now, your client is ready to rock this snatched look. 



Look #3: Braided Pony





1. Once the ponytail is up and smoothed out, incorporate a ponytail hair extension for the long, braided look. You can do this with any loose hair on a band, not in a weft. This is so that you can easily wrap the hair extension band around the base of the ponytail. 


2. Separate a thin section of hair from underneath the ponytail and pin it off to the side for later. This will be used to wrap around the base of the pony and hide the hair band at the end. 


3. Spray the ponytail with working spray and shine spray. Brush through. 


4. Divide the hair into three equal sections and braid down the ponytail traditionally. For extra volume, keep it loose and fluff out the sections as you braid. Tie the end of the braid with an elastic band. 


5. Next, smooth out any layers or flyaways sticking out of the braid with a firm hold hairspray. Use your hands or comb to flatten hairs and tuck them down. Remove any bubbles of hair by the scalp, using the same method. 


6. Cover the hair band at the base of the ponytail braid with the left out section. Wrap it around the base and fasten it with bobby pins. 


7. To take this look to the next level, add sticker gems on the ridges of the braid. So glam!



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