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Polished Summer Hair

Rachel Anise

August 6, 2015

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The sweltering heat of summertime can cause even the most beauty-conscious individual to surrender to the ease of a haphazard bun. Polished hair, however, doesn’t need to be a major production. Rachel Anise of Beauty Professor shows us how it only takes a few steps—and the right products and styling tools—to achieve the luscious warm weather locks we all want this summer season.

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Sleek and Shiny–The trick to creating the illusion of smoothness is giving your hair plenty of moisture and strategically using a state-of-the-art flat iron to lock in shine.

1. Prepare hair by conditioning with the Oribe Gold Lust Conditioner. Not only does this luxurious formula smell divine, it also delivers immense hydration, resulting in a detangled mane that still has plenty of movement and bounce. Should time permit, let hair air dry.
2. Use a clip to section off the top layers of your hair, and distribute one pump of the Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Serum throughout by rubbing it between palms, then sliding them through the hair, focusing on the ends.
3. Use the ghd Eclipse Hair Styler to straighten 1-2 inch strips of hair. This tool heats up quickly and straightens instantaneously, minimizing damage since the hair is exposed to heat for a shorter amount of time. Straighten both the middle portion of the hair and the top layers. Don’t worry about running the styler through the hair that is underneath the middle section, since the sleek and shiny top layers are all that matters, and the less-than-straight section underneath will add extra support and volume to the look.
4. Brush and go!

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Braided Pony–For a new twist on an old favorite, let tiny braids harness your hairdo!

1. Distribute a pump of the R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse throughout freshly brushed hair to add texture and hold.
2. Pull hair to one side, and divide two small sections of hair (for the braids) in the under layer of hair. Pin back the rest of the hair to make the braiding easier.
3. Make two braids with the divided sections and fasten with hair elastics.
4. Unclip the rest of the hair, and bring the braids around the hair. Tie the braids into a knot (like you would a piece of rope), and then wrap the ends around the ponytail as many times the length of hair allows.
5. Use a hair elastic on the tip of the hair to hold everything in place.

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Braided Pony: Mermaid Edition–when you have a dash of excess time, incorporate a styling tool into the mix for beachy waves to add a touch of whimsy.

1. Follow the directions for the Braided Pony (above).
2. Use the ghd Curve Creative Curling Wand on 1-inch sections of hair of the ponytail to create loose waves.
3. Add an extra coat of luminosity to the look with a few sprays of the Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray.

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