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Long hair is beautiful and feminine, but it can also be heavy and hot. Many long haired ladies spend their summer in ponytails and topknots to combat the heat. We love updos as fun styling alternatives, but we’re saddened at the thought of them replacing free-flowing strands for an entire season. So we’re bringing you a solution: loose, lightweight cuts that showcase texture, billow in the breeze, and feel as floaty and as soft as a cloud. Read on for tips on getting these beautiful, heat-defying shapes. –– Laura Martin 

Step: Lots of layers cascading throughout your shape will remove bulk and encourage natural movement. For additional weight removal, a razor cut will simultaneously reshape and lighten density, providing the most fluid and seamless fade from roots to ends.

Step: Add a strong fringe to give balance to the overall wispiness of the cut. A thick section with soft edges and brow-dusting length will provide just enough contrast without looking out of place.

Step: In your bathroom, spray strands with hydro mist to remove tangles and frizz. Add some curl enhancer to bring out your waves and finger dry, flipping hair back and forth to encourage texture. Finish with a dab of creme wax scrunched into tips.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted 

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