by Ruhama Wolle  //  photography by Joe Reale
with special thanks to Kat Harding and NCMA

Ah, the season of sun is back. A time of outdoor fun full of sun, sand, and sweat. Okay, obviously not the last one, but it is the inevitable price of summer’s heat and humidity. And how difficult is it to appreciate a summer cookout when your hair feels all sweaty and messy? No worries: Summer styles are trending cool, even for longer locks.

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 Ruhama Wolle, our fashion and style writer, began as an intern when she arrived in town from Los Angeles. Now a full-time N.C. State student, Ru is a regular contributor to our editorial content.

Ruhama Wolle, our fashion and style writer, began as an intern when she arrived in town from Los Angeles. Now a full-time N.C. State student, Ru is a regular contributor to our editorial content.

You can simply strap on a few extra hair bands and then, stress not, as we’ve got some easy fixes for you. You might not even have to resort to the big chop. Let’s try three simple styles to keep you looking fresh and fashionable in the summer, without embarking on a major hair makeover:

The ponytail never goes out of style, but it is about time we make the everyday style feel updated. Try a polished, low ponytail as the staple look this summer, and add a French braid at the root or finish the sleek look with a fishtail at the end. 

Another way to get every stray piece of hair tucked away is with braids. Try a double French-braided bun, with an accessory to complete the look. Leave a few loose strands in the front for a wispy effect.
And for all you naturally curly and wavy-haired beauties, a half up, half down hairstyle is an effortless look that can be paired with any cute summer dress. It’s the perfect look when you want it out of your face, but still want the length.

And remember: It’s time to send your hair straightener on vacation, because you just can’t live with those hot tools when it is this sweltering outside. Experiment with your individuality and your hair’s natural texture.

Whether you’re seeking a dramatic new look or just a tweak to freshen up your image, try one of our styles to help you beat the heat this summer!

 Brittany Murdock started creating online buzz as our intern, finishing up her degree at UNC–Wilmington. Now, she’s our social media and marketing coordinator. she lives in cary, and brings just the right blend of New York spunk (Long Island was her childhood home) and Southern charm.

Brittany Murdock started creating online buzz as our intern, finishing up her degree at UNC–Wilmington. Now, she’s our social media and marketing coordinator. she lives in cary, and brings just the right blend of New York spunk (Long Island was her childhood home) and Southern charm.

 earrings  //  Kannon’s Clothing $24

earrings  //  Kannon’s Clothing $24


 Amy Tucker recently came on board as our junior account executive, having graduated from N.C. State earlier this year. She’s making Raleigh her home after growing up nearby in Sanford.

Amy Tucker recently came on board as our junior account executive, having graduated from
N.C. State earlier this year. She’s making Raleigh her home after growing up nearby in Sanford.

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 Lori Lay, creative director, is in her fourth year at Midtown and Cary Living magazines and lives in North Raleigh, just down the road from her hometown roots in Creedmoor.

Lori Lay, creative director, is in her fourth year at Midtown and Cary Living magazines and lives in North Raleigh, just down the road from her hometown roots in Creedmoor.


 Maddi Blanchard, account executive, joined our team earlier this year after working with publications along the Outer Banks and, prior to that, in the U.K., where she was born and raised.  She’s shown us all: British accents top Southern, no matter what you say.

Maddi Blanchard, account executive, joined our team earlier this year after working with publications along the Outer Banks and, prior to that, in the U.K., where she was born and raised.  She’s shown us all: British accents top Southern, no matter what you say.

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 Jennifer Heinser, graphic designer, comes to us by way of long island and lives in western Wake, giving her a hometown advantage as she’s designing the pages of our sister publication Cary Living.

Jennifer Heinser, graphic designer, comes to us by way of long island and lives in western Wake, giving her a hometown advantage as she’s designing the pages of our sister publication Cary Living.