Keeping you cool this Labor Day... / by Derek Reynolds

We finally have a break from this crazy humidity - FINALLY!  For this week's Step by Step, we thought a simple up style that would take you from a poolside barbeque to an outdoor concert would be practical and fun.  LE&C Educator Lindsey Pippin takes you there in a few simple steps:

Step 1:  Next day hair?  No problem, the great thing about this style is that natural oils will give it a little more character.  First, divide hair in half, ear to ear.  If you want to smooth it out, you can use a product like Shu Uemura Wonder Worker - super versatile (and smells amazing).  Put back section into a ponytail and braid - then secure with an elastic.

Step Two:  Twist braid into a bun and pin in place with bobby pins.  Twist sections of remaining hair and cross over the braided bun. Secure with bobby pins. Repeat steps, alternating sections until all hair is secured.  If your hair needs a little grip to get it to stay in the style, try a texturizing spray.  We LOVE love love Shu Uemura Texture Wave.  Unlike other texturizers, you can build with it - and one too many sprays doesn't mean you have to get in the shower and wash it out.  It's pretty awesome.

Step Three:  Use a standard bobby pin to tuck any unruly ends, remember to use something complimentary to your hair color - or even a FASHION bobby pin like our step by step from 4th of July.  To control fly aways use a high hold spray like Redken Triple Take 32.  It delivers on high hold without flaking or getting weird and crunchy.  ....and VOILA!  Ready for the holiday weekend!