Sweaty, sticky, moist (ergh), and generally uncomfortable, are all wonderful phrases to describe the sensation of having long hair in Hong Kong summers. If you’ve left the house assuming you can totally rock your hair worn out and not sweat to death, then you haven’t thought the day through enough.

Not everyone can pull off the messy top-knot or the classic pony, so if you’re stumped for ideas on keeping hair off your shoulders and neck and looking chic, then we have done the hard yakka for you. Here are the BloomMe ultimate summer hairdos that won’t make you feel like your neck is experiencing a localised Greenhouse effect.

Low Messy Buns

Romantic and effortless, the low messy side bun is often found at the end of the day when your initially tight/neat/clean bun has dropped and given you a surprisingly fashionable look. For this style, we have separated it into short, and long hair styling as both lengths have different approaches. Remember to leave a few strands gently falling around your face to nail that effortless chic look.

 

Long Hair

1. Start by giving your hair a bit of volume near the crown area by giving it a light tease and spritz of spray.
2. Separate the hair into three sections. The centre section must be bigger that the two outer bits (you may get the proportions incorrect at first, but in time you’ll be able to judge correct amounts).
3. Tie the fat middle section into a loose and low pony tail.
4. Above the hair tie on the middle section, make a hole and pull the pony tail through (kinda like threading a needle). The pony tail will now be twisted.
5. Roll up the tail of the pony and poke it to the top of the hole. You can go through again if you have a super duper amount of hair. Secure the bun with a pin (or just squash it in).
6. Take the two side sections of hair, and begin to twist them making sure they’re nice and messy.
7. Attached them over the initial bun, and pass under to secure.

 

Pro-tip: the messier the better with this look. If you have made a mistake and hair is flying everywhere then no worries: just pin things into the bun and make it a mess even more.

 

For those who prefer pictures as a guide, this is a handy step by step.

 

Short Hair

1. Create messy texture on the crown of your hair.
2. Create a low and loose plait at the back of your head. Secure the end bit back up under the hair tie to make a little loop.
3. Take the end of the braid (the bit looped) and tuck it under your hair at the base of your neck.
4. Pin in any stragglers of hair and secure with more pins.

 

Picture guide here.

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Fishtail Pigtails

Although classic pigtails can border on a Pippy Longstocking zone, the fishtail braid immediately amps this look up from school girl to fashionista. Although it looks super complicated, the fish tail braid is super easy to learn and great for keeping wispy hairs under control all day.

1. Part your hair into two even sections and keep one half securely out of the way.
2. Take the other section and divide it half, then take one small section from one half and cross it over to the other side. The effect works best if you take it from the outside rear of the section and cross it over.
3. Take a small section from the other side and cross it over in the same fashion. Messy is best with a fishtail braid.
4. Secure the section with a hair tie, and begin on the other side.
5. For maximum style, spray with hairspray and throw on a cute headband.

 

Picture guide here.

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Faux Bob

Fool your coworkers before April Fools day and have them convinced you’ve done the chop (you cheeky devil, you!) Better suited on shorter hair, this look can also be vamped up with a head scarf to keep the long bits under control.

 

Picture guide here.

1. If you have a curling iron with a larger barrel, give yourself some random curls. If not, no stress.
2. Flip your hair over into a side part, the more dramatic the better, and pull it into a low pony tail.
3. Twist the pony tail and secure underneath (or loop through like in the messy bun tutorial and also secure)

Is your hair being uncooperative? Maybe it’s because you’re torturing it on a daily basis without even realising.

Sweaty, sticky, moist (ergh), and generally uncomfortable, are all wonderful phrases to describe the sensation of having long hair in Hong Kong summers. If you’ve left the house assuming you can totally rock your hair worn out and not sweat to death, then you haven’t thought the day through enough. Not everyone can pull off…