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In the summer it’s nice to look like you stepped off a beach, whether you live near the ocean or not. Summer chic is as simple as bronzed skin and a casual, wind-blown updo. A few wispy tendrils make updos looker softer a sexier, but getting them can be difficult; pulling strands loose with your fingers creates clunky chunks instead of soft wisps. Read on to learn the trick to achieving a breeze-ruffled finish. –– Laura Martin

Step: Apply a small handful of styling whip to damp strands, working roots to ends. Rough dry, flipping head back and forth to create expansion and movement. Flip head upside down and spritz with refinish, tousling between sprays for separation and volume.

Step: Flip hair over and gather hair together as if making a ponytail, holding at the point of desired placement. with dryer on low, direct airflow over the surface of your hair to loosen and tousle surface, setting wisps free. Direct the airflow in loose circular motions, and work all the way around the head.

Step: Twist hair in your hand into a knot or bun and pin in place. Refine wisps with fingers and finish with holding spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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