We're not going to mince words: it's hot as Hades outside. Sadly, Summer is coming to an end, but we still have to endure desert-like temperatures. The solution? Off-the-neck hairstyles that keep your body cool and your hair fresh. Check out our best braids, chignons, and topknots for August inspiration. And just remember there are only a few weeks left until Labor Day.
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Second-day hair requires two things: a great dry shampoo and a ponytail holder .
The ponytail is a hairstyle as old as time, but it gets a modern makeover in this braided undercut tutorial . The chic look is perfect for a music festival or Labor Day concert.
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Oh, the braid . It can be basic or intricate, but either way, it's the ultimate solution for what we've aptly named: Summer sweaty neck.
The Reverse Milkmaid Braid
While we definitely recommend the traditional milkmaid braid, this twisted look is the remix . The best part is after wearing this look all day, you'll have beachy waves for the cool Summer nights.
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Maybe you don't have a big red carpet event coming up, but every woman needs an arsenal of formal updos  for wedding  season. These modern looks go way beyond the classic chignon.
Kate Mara has mastered the art of the updo even with a shoulder-length haircut. So, when it comes to off-the-neck hair inspiration, we turn to her best red carpet hair moments .
That twisted bun  you've been wearing to the gym is also the go-to style once the thermometer hits 95 degrees. The messy topknot is perfect for a day by the pool, or go for a sleeker version for date night.
A Braided Bun
This sideswept chignon  leaves your neck and ears bare for jewels or for a cool Summer breeze just to blow through.
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