Dealing with my hair during the hot summer months is a lost cause I’ve only recently come to terms with. I have friends who can spend a day at the beach or an afternoon in New York City’s sweltering, 90-degree heat and return home looking like they just filmed a Pantene commercial. This will never be my fate. For me, it’s more like Diana Ross on her “The Boss” album cover — obviously still fabulous, but not exactly the look I’m going for.
I’ve tried everything to tame the frizz: keratin, silk pillowcases, hair vitamins, frequent trims. Nada. It took me a long time to accept that my dry, damaged hair would just never respond well to my favorite season, but I was finally ready to resign myself to an endless rotation of high and low buns.
That was until spring/summer collection previews a few months ago, where I was relieved to spot the solution for my annual summer hair anxiety. Fun hair accessories in all forms flooded the runways, and then inevitably landed in every store window display. I was inspired by the various ways I’d be able to keep my hair tamed and out of my face (and everyone else’s) this summer.
So, naturally, I had to get my hands on all of them: scrunchies, colorful barrettes, turban-headband-hybrids aptly called “turbands.” I didn’t care how crazy these hair accessories might make me look, I was willing to try anything to prevent people from getting “It’s My House” stuck in their heads at the first sight of me. Spoiler: they’re actually all super cute.
Below, the six most stylish hair accessories to keep you cool and your hair controlled this summer.