Guest Contributor: Nicky Subono

The struggle of living in Jakarta is the importance of flexibility and mobility when it comes to commuting from one place to another. However, this also applies to your hair. For women who live in Jakarta who are always on the move to catch motorcycles or taxis and battling the heat and pollution, is never a pretty sight and always a sticky situation for your hair.

Getting ready in the morning can be a hassle; it is a waste of time and effort to spend 45 minutes each morning to make our hair look good, just to let the humidity and heat leave our hair flat or even frizzy when we take the first step out of the door.

How do you tame the untameable frizz and limp strands? Here are the top 5 hairstyles to beat the traffic and hot weather:

Sleek Top Knot

If you’re a last-minute kind of girl that rushes out the door in the morning. This is the hairstyle for you. Rub some hair gel into your tresses creating a “wet” look. Twist your hair into a tight, small bun and secure with a rubber band.

Faux Pixie Cut

Short hair can be even more manageable and stylish by making it look even more shorter. Swoop your hair to one side, and use hairspray to get that extra-sleek look. Pin the remaining portion of your hair.

Messy Updo

Want to look sexy while on the go? Pin up the top half of your hair, but leave several strands down to achieve a messy, casual vibe.

Cinched Ponytail

This hairstyle is a great alternative for those with long hair and catching the motorcycles around the busy streets. Create a funky updo by putting your hair in a high ponytail, and apply a touch of hairspray throughout the tail to keep the style intact. Place elastic bands to desired sections. Create a round shape by softly pulling out the edges of each hair section between the bands.

Retro Ponytail

To keep your tresses away from your neck, just putting your hair up in a ponytail can seem unpolished. Spice up the normal, average ponytail by adding a little extra lift along the top. This gives an ordinary look a charming transformation by adding height at the crown. To get the look, use a small brush to tease a section of the hair at the top of your head to create the lift, followed by gathering strands into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Hide the elastic by wrapping a piece of hair around and tucking it underneath.

Zalonku Girls is a go-to guide for girls to discover makeup, hairstyles, nails and beauty inspirations and where to get them in Jakarta.

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