3 No Fuss Ways to Do Vacation Hair

Save yourself some space in your luggage and the headache of trying to tame constant frizz with these easy hairstyles!

When you're on vacation spending a lot of time on your hair or makeup is usually not on your "to do" list. Vacation hair should be quick, easy, and low maintenance. Yes, you still want to look good lounging by the pool but who wants to waste time using a hair dryer when there are so many sights to see and tropical drinks to sip?

Vacation usually means more sun, salt, and UV rays leading to some seriously parched strands. Dry, frizzy hair is harder to manage. A sleek blowout can turn into a frizzy mess in less than an hour when humidity is in full force. Save yourself the time, the space in your luggage, and the headache of trying to tame constant frizz. We've got three no fuss ways to do vacation hair.

Half Up Top Knot

Model Wearing Half Up Top Knot Style Noted

The half up top knot takes less than a minute to pull your hair up into and looks effortlessly chic. You can easily take this hairstyle from pool side to sunset dinner and drinks. If your hair gets a little wavier on vacation don't worry, it'll look great with this style.

You'll Need:

A hair tie

4-8 bobby pins (depending on how thick your hair is)

Dry shampoo

Texturizing spray

Here's how to do the half up top knot in under a minute:

  1. Start by spraying a little bit of dry shampoo on your roots. This will help absorb any sweat or oil build up from all your vacation activities.
  2. Gather the top part of your hair and pull it back to the top of your head.
  3. Secure with an elastic to create a half up ponytail.
  4. Twist the hair in the ponytail into a messy bun and secure it with bobby pins.
  5. Spray a texturizing spray like this one from OUAI onto the rest of your hair for more fullness and body.

Easy Beachy Waves

Gigi Hadid Vogue

Nothing says vacation or summer like messy beach waves. Believe it or not this look can actually get better with a little humidity, salt water, and sun. That is if you're styling your hair right. According to Vogue, getting the perfect beach waves requires a little TLC and some expert guidance for your specific hair type.

Fine hair won't curl like thick hair does. And hair that's already wavy can't be styled the same as pin straight hair to achieve this look. So how does this hairstyle still qualify as no fuss? Just make sure to follow the guidelines for you specific hair type below.

You'll Need:

A moisturizing base product

Salt spray or texturizing spray

Hair oil- only if your hair is naturally very frizzy

Fine Hair

  1. Start with damp, towel dried hair and spray a moisturizing base product like Bumble and Bumble Prep loosely from root to end. With fine hair, it's important to use half the product you normally would when trying to get beach waves.
  2. Take a salt spray or texturizing spray and apply a small amount (about two pumps) to ONLY the midsection of your hair. Scrunch it.
  3. Let your hair dry a little more and when it hits 30% dampness scrunch again and pin your hair into two loose buns. Let it air dry.
  4. When it's dry undo the buns and let your beach waves free.

Thick Straight Hair

  1. Follow the same steps for fine hair above but use a stronger product like a heavy mousse. Vogue recommends this one by Oribe.
  2. If you have the time and packed a curling iron you can do a few quick waves when your hair is dry. Thicker straight hair has a harder time holding waves and can be enhanced with a curling iron. No need to go crazy. Just sprinkle a few quick curls throughout your hair once it's fully air dried. Hold each curl in the iron for about 10 seconds.

Wavy or Curly Hair

  1. Start with damp towel-dried hair and mist your hair from roots to end with a moisturizing base product. About 4 pumps.
  2. Rake your fingers down through your hair, pulling the curls and working them until they soften. With wavy or curly hair you want to focus on pulling the waves down and massaging the product into the hair instead of scrunching.
  3. Skip the buns and just let your hair air-dry.

*For extra frizzy hair add a pump or two of hair oil and rake it through your hair.

Throw on a Headband

Chrissy Teigan

"It's the headband of the day/ the headband of the day/ push your locks away/ it's the head band of the day." If you follow Chrissy Teigen on instagram you've likely heard John Legend sing this song to her every day for the past few weeks while she reveals her newest headband of the day on vacation in Bali. Throwing on a wide headband with a loud pattern is the perfect way to do beach chic with zero effort.

You'll Need:

1 to a few wide, twisted, colorful headbands

A hair tie if you want to also throw it up in a bun like Chrissy does

Here's how to rock your headband:

  1. Leave your hair down or throw it up in a messy bun.
  2. Put your headband on.
  3. You're done!

Here's some more headband inspiration from @chrissyteigan:

Chrissy Teigan Instagram

If you're planning a beach get away don't forget to bring nourishing products that will rehydrate your dried hair and protect it from more damage. All that salt and sunshine can change the color and texture of your hair. Here are a few tips to keep your strands healthy while you hit the beach.

  1. Switch to an extra nourishing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Condition your hair before swimming and then apply a water resistant hair shield that protects against uv rays and chlorine.
  3. Skip the heat styling tools and opt for air drying instead.

For more ways to protect your hair on vacation check out our favorite Healthy Hair Care Products for a Frizz Free Summer.

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November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.