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It may be September, but in some places across the country, we’re still dealing with 90-degree weather. Which means we’re also still dealing with all the hair woes that come with heat and humidity (ugh). But before you opt to just chop it all off, here are eight styles to try without going to extremes.

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Get a lightweight cut

The easiest way to deal with summer’s lingering head heat is to opt for a lightweight, above-the-shoulder cut. It’s simple, chic and requires little effort.

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Frame It

Something as simple as asking your hair dresser to frame your face can totally take your look from heavy to haute.

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Slick it back

This one requires a little confidence, but we believe in you. Whether you use water, gel, spray or a mixture of all three, combing it back frees up the forehead and lightens your overall load.

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Perm It

Talk about an instant boost from blah to BAM! Tight, healthy curls are one sure way to shine in a sea of dehydrated dos this time of year.


Braid It

The bad news is that actually styling the perfect braid can be tough. The good news is that YouTube tutorials on how to create dreamy looks on the quick are plentiful.

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Accessorize It

Because sometimes (like when it was 97 degrees last week) you just can’t even, and throwing on a ball cap in the name of fashion is the only option.

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Throw it up

Wearing your long locks in a messy chic bun totally gives off “I look great but didn’t try too hard” vibes, while the feathered bangs let the world know you are aware that fall is near.

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Minimize It

Not parting with your long locks anytime soon? Try faking it with a faux bob the next time you hit the town for something special. Hey, if you like it, you may finally be brave enough to consider the real thing.

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