My sister-in-law, Amber, is a genius when it comes to hair. She is like a walking reference book of all things hair: from the right way to cut, color and style, to how to coax hair back to health after over-processing (I raise my hand), to the best hair products and how to use them — she’s got all the answers. She’s styled for New York Fashion Week and can work wonders with anyone’s hair regardless of length, color, texture or previous damage done. When we’re all together and have something fancy to get ready for (usually we just make something up, let’s be honest) Amber and I set up a temporary salon. She does everyone’s hair, I do everyone’s makeup and we have the best time. It’s like the fulfillment of my childhood dreams — all hairspray and makeup and mirrors and lights and glitter walls . . . and usually the most fun part of the night.
We were recently all in Philly for some much-needed family time, when Shana and I were able to take full advantage of her expertise. There are so many fun hair trends to try this spring and summer, but Shana is decidedly not a hair person (she was way too impressed with me when I used a curling iron and dry shampoo in her hair) and my skills only go so far. So we called in the expert — and she did not disappoint. (We’ll be sharing more amazing tutorials with you soon!)
5 Ways To Wear A Scarf In Your Hair
One of the biggest trends this summer is wearing scarves in your hair. Amber showed us five ways to rock this trend and managed to make it look cute on both of us: Shana with her long, thick, flowing locks and me with my shorter, damaged, over-processed hair. The best part is that they were styles that we could easily recreate on our own (even Shana.)
1. Wrap A Scarf Around A Low Ponytail
A scarf is an easy way to add a little something extra to an everyday casual pony. It only takes a few extra seconds to tie it on and makes the whole style so much more polished.
…Or A High Pony
Take the pony as high as you’re comfortable and wrap a scarf around for even more volume.
2. Make It A Headband
This is a great option for second-day hair. You can leave the ends hanging at the back of your neck or tie them up on top — either leaving them out or tucking them under to highlight the knot. (This one is especially good for hair that tends to frizz.)
3. Use A Silk Scarf To Make The Half-Up Fancy
Throw some curls in your hair (or sleep in a bun), pull half up into a pony and wrap a bright scarf around to come up with a fancy style that looks a lot more difficult to do than it actually is. (Optional: Pull a few hair strands out to frame your face and/or tease the hair at the crown first to create a little volume.)
4. Sun’s Out Bun’s Out: Wrap a Low Bun
Since my hair is pretty short, Amber used one of those bun makers to wrap my hair around before she tied the scarf to finish it off. I like how the scarf actually adds to the volume of the bun and easily hides visible bobby pins.
…Or a High Bun
Shana’s hair is so thick that it sometimes slips out of a ponytail holder, so in this case the scarf is functional too. You can leave the ends out or tuck them in — I think tying a bow would look cute too.
5. (Extra Credit) Wear An Actual Headscarf Like a Old Hollywood Starlet
This one would probably look best on the beach, paired with your favorite swimsuit and one of those coconut drinks with the umbrella in it. This is a perfect way to wear those bigger scarves that are awkwardly shaped (too short for a headband but too big to easily wrap) and a great way to cover up a bad hair day. (Red lips and sunglasses encouraged, not required.)
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