This style works best with short hair, especially if you have a curly or wavy texture. It keeps the hair off the neck and allows fresh air to breeze through. “The shape, which I always side part, is trendy with a sophisticated edge,” says Vernon Francois, a celebrity hair stylist who’s worked with the likes of Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, and Solange Knowles.
How to: Cleanse and condition the hair with a sulfate-free shampoo to reduce build-up and give the hair a freer look and feel. Next, create volume and shape with a little styling foam (his favorite is from Aveda). Next, use a diffuser on medium-to-low heat to give the hair a short blast. “This look is effortlessly stylish for all occasions, whether you’re grabbing coffee with a friend or heading out for date night,” Francois says. Check out these other ways to air-dry your hair so it still looks awesome.
The fishtail is one of those braids that looks incredibly complicated when, in fact, it’s super easy once you know the moves. “It’s great for all occasions—from a night out to a friend’s wedding—and is a great alternative to overdoing it on dry shampoo if you’re trying to hide dirty hair,” says Katherine James, stylist at Tarro Beauty + Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
How to: First, pull your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic. (Speaking of, try these ponytail hacks.) Next, separate the ponytail into two equal-sized sections, and take aside a half-inch section from the left ponytail. Carry this piece over the top of the left ponytail and place it under the right ponytail. Now do the same for the other side. Continue this process until you find yourself at the end of the hair. Pinch together in an elastic and head out the door!