Trendy Looks 2017

Summertime Updos

Summer Updos: January Jones
A chignon keeps January Jones’ hair out of her face. Combined with her bright red lips and colourful earrings she’s got the summer look sorted.
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Kick up your styling by a notch or two and create a casual updo. On a hot summer day, updos have the additional advantage of keeping hair away from the neck and face. Casual updos are ideal for summer outings, a day on the beach or for lazy afternoons in the shade.

  • Summer is finally here bringing not only new fashion but also new updos. This year’s summer hairstyles cover the entire range: casual, romantic, playful and cool.

  • Summertime Updos: The Ever-Popular Chignon

    There are plenty of reasons why women love to wear chignons and why they have such staying power among stylish women, dancers, stars and models. Chignons are versatile enough to express individual styles and they are as practical as they are beautiful, especially in summer. Wear your own chignon creation to a summer party, on the beach or wherever you like to spend your summer. Chignons are unbeatable when it comes to style and practicality. Actress January Jones (see the photo above) wears her chignon high on the crown of her head. The ends of her hair are not hidden under the chignon and a few strands of hair are allowed to hang free for a delightfully casual appearance. The bright lipstick and her colourful accessories make it a lively summer style.

  • Step by step styling instructions for January Jones’ summertime chignon:


    1. Shake a small amount of volumising powder into your palm and massage into the roots, adding volume to the style and making your hair more manageable.

    2. Hang your head upside down and use a hair tie to gather a ponytail high on the crown of your head.

    3. Twist the ponytail until it turns back on itself into a chignon. Secure the chignon using hair grips or a second hair tie. Allow some hair ends to peak out from underneath the chignon.

    4. Allow a few strands of hair to escape from the updo for an undone hairstyle. You may want to tuck a few loose strands behind your ears.

    5. Use a strong hold hairspray to keep the chignon in place. 


  • Watch our video with Armin Morbach who shows how to create different chignon styles.

  • Video: Styling Three Different Chignon Versions

  • A beautiful updo for every occasion: Look through our photo gallery for some updo inspiration and tips on how to create these looks. 

  • Gallery: Summertime Updos

    Updos for Summer Fun: Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

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    Updos for Summer Fun: The Undone Ponytail

    The much loved ponytail is here to stay. Hardly any other hairstyle can compete with it on the popularity scale. Yet, with all their merits even ponytails can use a makeover every once in a while. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey wears a messy ponytail. This is the ideal solution for women who do not want to miss a minute of summertime fun and still look fabulous.

    Styling: Create casual beach waves by applying some salt spray to towel-dried hair and blow-dry. For best results don’t use a brush while drying but instead, simply run your fingers through it, scrunching the hair as desired. For a more uniform look, apply heat protectant to the hair and using a curling iron or straighteners, create loose curls. If using hair straighteners, take a small section of hair, put it between the straighteners, turn the straighteners around on themselves and pull gently down the hair. Do not curl the ends of your hair for a more relaxed look. Once you have created the waves, gather it into a high, off-centre, ponytail. A few strands of stray hair will complete the undone hairstyle

    Updos for the Summer Season: Anna Sophia Robb

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    Updos for Summer Fun: Crown Braids

    Playful braids delight the heart of many women and may even release the artist in you. Obviously, playfulness and summer are natural companions. Anna Sophia Robb shows off her braids paired with some colourful earrings.


    Styling: Start by creating a short side parting and then separate the right and left portions. French-braid your hair (the side with more hair) across the forehead starting at the parting. Continue French-braiding round to the side and secure using hidden hair grips. Then braid the hair on the opposite side of your head beginning at ear level, plaiting towards the neck. Secure this braid with hair grips as well. Twist the hair ends together if need be and secure with hair grips and hairspray. 

    Updos for the Summer Season: Sophie Kennedy Clark

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    Updos for Summer Fun: The Crown Braid

    Here, the traditional crown braid shows its whimsical and even a little impish side. Sophie Kennedy Clark with her traditional crown braid seems to have mischief in mind. The middle parting and loose braiding add a casual note to this hairstyle.


    Styling: Apply styling mousse to your hair and comb it straight. Create a middle parting from the front to the back of your head. Braid the hair on one side of your head and secure the end of the braid with a thin hair tie; then braid the hair on the other side in the same way. Now arrange both braids upward along the side of your head and secure on top of your head using hidden hair grips. Apply hairspray for extended hold.

    Updos for the Summer Season: Amanda Seyfried

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    Summertime Updos: Ponytail with a Twist

    Ponytails have long outgrown their image as merely practical hairstyle solution. Amanda Seyfried gave her ponytail a new image by adding a twist through it, giving her ponytail extra interest. Ponytails fit in anywhere at any time including picnics in the park, summer fairs and fancy beach parties.


    Styling: Massage volumising powder into the roots to give your hair more height. After gathering your hair into a high ponytail, separate it into two equally thick strands and twist each strand around one another. Secure the end using a hair tie and use plenty of hairspray to keep the twist from relaxing.