Hottest Summer Updos

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Hottest Summer Updos
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When the temperature rises and summertime humidity creeps in, the last thing any lady wants to worry about is frizzy, flowing locks that trap heat and look uncontrollable. That's why it's crucial to keep a cool head -- and look super hot -- this summer by creating warm-weather-friendly updos, like the side-swept knot seen here on actress Jennifer Lawrence.

The High Life
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The High Life

Take on summer in style with one of the sleekest and simplest styles around: the polished pony. Start with wet hair and work a small amount of gel through it. After drying it straight and smoothing with a flat iron, brush locks back and into a ponytail at the crown of the head, like actress Hailee Steinfeld does here for a Golden Globes post-party in Beverly Hills, Calif.

A Hot Mess
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A Hot Mess

For a casual take on a classic style, go for the timeless topknot, suggests Danny Jelaca, a Miami-based celebrity stylist and owner of the Danny Jelaca salon. "Collect hair in a pony upside down, then tease the ends and loosely wrap into a knot," he explains. Muss hair at the roots for a laid-back but sexy look, like the one actress Julianne Hough wears here at a movie premiere in Hollywood, Calif.

Danny Jelaca; Celebrity hairstylist and salon owner; Miami

Braided Beauty
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Braided Beauty

French and fishtail aren't the only hot braided styles when the weather heats up. For a hairstyle elegant enough to rock even the most formal summer soiree, Jelaca suggests going for a braided bun, like the one seen on actress Alyssa Milano at a red carpet event. Start by making a pony, then braid different-sized sections; finish by wrapping braided hair into a bun, Jelaca says.

Crown Jewel
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Crown Jewel

Channel your inner royalty with a style that looks intricate but is deceptively simple to create: the crown braid, seen here on actress Sarah Gadon at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. "Split the hair in half into ponytails, braid both sides to the ends, pull each over the crown of your head and pin into place," advises Giovanni Mele, hair stylist and owner of the Philadelphia-based Giovanni & Pileggi salon.

Giovanni Mele; Hair stylist and salon owner; Philadelphia

Loose and Lovely
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Loose and Lovely

Whether you're rocking a summer sundress or a bathing suit cover-up, polish every outfit by pairing it with a loose side chignon. For a look as gorgeous as actress Nikki Reed's, seen here at a movie premiere in Westwood, Calif., Jelaca suggests pulling hair into a side ponytail, separating it into two sections, then tying ends into a knot and pinning to secure.

Friend and Faux
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Friend and Faux

Have a layered cut? Go old school this summer with a glamorous '20s-style faux bob, like the one seen here on actress and singer Selena Gomez at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Curl ends with a large barrel curling iron, Jelaca advises. Next, tease the bottom half of hair, roll it under and pin ends into the nape of the neck.

Ballerina Bun
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Ballerina Bun

Need a chic summer style in seconds? Look no further than the prim, proper and pretty ballerina bun, seen here on actress Claire Danes at the 2012 Golden Globes. Whether high or low, the style lends elegance to every look and can work on all hair types. Leave it a little messy or get a perfectly round bun with a sock bun, Mele suggests. Pull hair through the sock hole, then roll, tuck and pin hair around the sock.

Frizz Be Gone
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Frizz Be Gone

Humidity can be a real headache, especially when the key to nearly every summer updo is keeping frizz at bay. Fortunately, getting a look as smooth as Emma Watson's -- seen here at a screening in New York -- isn't too hard to do. Jelaca suggests using a heat-protective, anti-frizz spray before styling. "Smooth ends over with a curling wand," he says. "Then spray to hold hair, smooth and keep out frizz."

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