5 Super-easy end-of-summer updos

Aug 31, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Image: Taliah Ferguson

We all have hair challenges — some of us maybe a little more than others, with days that make us either give up and throw on a hat or not show up in public at all. On those in-between days, when we don't have our freshly blown out hair or pressed silky tresses on point, we attempt to make a miracle happen.

Along with the bad hair days are the bored hair days, when we desperately want to get out of our style rut without having to put in too much effort.

Since it's still technically summer, I'm sharing some styles that are good in the heat and won't roadblock your day. These five updos work for all seasons and can flawlessly switch up your routine look.

1. Faux updo

Faux updo for short hair

Photo credit: Keiko Lynn

This faux updo, styled and modeled by blogger Keiko Lynn, works with short or long hair. A slicked-down side swoop tucked under a printed scarf is both fabulous and retro. I believe using a fine-tooth comb gives the best results, and topping off your hair with a polishing oil makes hair appear fresh and pretty.

Try these products for this look:

Emilee Hair Scarf, $14.40
Mason Pearson Styling Comb, $26
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum, $7.48

2. Updo for curly hair

Updo for naturally curly hair

Photo credit: Joey Kennedy Photography for Once Wed

My long-haired ladies who want a change from the flowing locks: Here is a chic and easy style for you. Found on a wedding site, but works just as well for a casual day in the evening or at the office. Check out the step-by-step to get this hairstyle. All you'll need are clips, bobby pins and a little patience.

3. Double boxer braids

Boxer braids

Photo credit: Because I'm Addicted; stylist: The Beauty Department

Move over, Hilary Swank, there's a new kind of boxer in town. Although this style may scream "tomboy" for some, it's been seen on the likes of Khloe Kardashian, and the runway of designer Honor. It's a cool twist to the fishtail style or French braid look. You may see this trend around more often, so if you're up to trying this low-key look, check out this YouTube tutorial.

Try these products out to achieve this look.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Styling Gel, $17
Matrix Biolage Styling Finishing Spritz, $16

4. Teased high pony

Teased high pony

Photo credit: Gal Meets Glam

While I am a huge fan of the topknot, I'm starting to fall in love with the high ponytail. This style exudes confidence and poise. Teasing your hair throughout adds chicness and edge.

Try these products out to achieve this look: 

Paul Mitchell Teasing Brush, $6.38
Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray, $18

5. Twist-out with bangs

Twist-out with bangs

Photo credit: Taliah Ferguson

This sweet twist-out doesn't make you look like a little girl, and can be worn down or up in a ponytail. Here, my mom used cold wave rods on small sectioned, damp hair. The results are best when you prep and moisturize your hair with an oil (like olive oil) and a styling gel. Once your hair is dry, it will have beautiful ringlets that you can work into different styles with bobby pins or rubber bands.

Try these products to get this look:

Fantasia IC hair Polisher with Olive Oil Moisturizing Shine Serum, $7.39
Annie Cold Wave Rods, $1
ECO Styler Professional Styling Gel, $2.39

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