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Summer braids to take you from day to night

When it's hot, you probably want a cute summer style that's easy to manage. Keeping your hair out of your face and off a sweaty forehead is all that's needed. To do so in style, braids are our pick. Here are some of the styles we love, plus the products that keep them looking fresh.

Loose braids

Nothing exudes a beachy holiday vibe quite like a simple loose braid. Spray your hair with a volumising hairspray such as . Even though you're aiming for a relaxed, loose look, you still want it to hold in place and carry you through to night time. Next, begin a traditional three-strand braid just above or at the nape of your neck and secure with a hair tie.

Fishtail braids

Before you lift a finger, get your mitts on a good texturising dry shampoo such as as this will give lift to your roots and body to the final look. Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail at the back of the head. Divide your pony into two. Separate a small section of your hair from the outside edge (near the hair tie) and cross it to the opposite side. Re-grip your hair to tighten as you would with a three-strand braid. Repeat with a small section from the other side. Continue overlapping from each side until you run out of hair. Secure once you near the end.

Milkmaid braids

A frizz-busting oil will ensure you don't get pesky flyaways at the hairline. Separate the hair into two sections. Create standard, three-strand braids with each section. Pull one braid up onto the crown of your head and securely with bobby pins. Repeat with the remaining braid. Keep the look tidy with a compact small-tooth comb and .

Once you've mastered the above, experiment with more variations on the theme: curved braids, French braids, Dutch braids and waterfall braids are all a fine place to start.

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