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20 Hot Summer Hairstyles

From loose braids to beachy waves, we found the season's best looks. Follow our easy pro tips to recreate each 'do at home. Then get ready to turn heads at your next barbecue or beach party!

By Amanda Flores

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Diana Agron
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The Sleek Fishtail

A braid like Dianna Agron's is the perfect way to stay—and look—cool on hot summer days. Keep it sleek and polished to go seamlessly from poolside to nighttime party.

How to do it: Blow-dry hair using fingers until it's three-quarters of the way dry, then work in mousse from root to end. Try TRESemmé Naturals Lightweight mousse, $4.50. Use a paddle brush to finish blow-drying and smoothing strands. Make a deep side part and swoop the rest of your hair over to the opposite side, slightly behind your ear. "If you're doing it yourself, you may want to secure into a low pony to hold in place, then undo at the end," says NYC stylist Jay Palaniuk. To start the fishtail braid, divide hair into two sections. Work your way down by taking a thin piece from the outside right section and joining it with the left. Next do the reverse: take a thin piece of hair from the left section and join it with the right. Continue until you have about 1 inch left at the end. Secure with an elastic—preferably one that's the same color as your hair—and smooth on an anti-frizz product, like Smart Girls Who Surf Care For Hair Sun Protector, $13. It helps to control flyaways and also contains SPF.

TRESemmé Naturals Lightweight mousse available at drugstores; Smart Girls Who Surf Care For Hair Sun Protector available at www.smartgirlswhosurf.com.

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