allure: Summer Hair Inspo From the ESPY Awards! (Of All Places)

allure: Summer Hair Inspo From the ESPY Awards! (Of All Places)

Last night’s ESPY Awards celebrated excellence in sports—and unofficially, excellence in nailing this summer’s best hairstyles. Because the athletes struck just the right note with their hair—and really, who knew drag racers wore such cute chignons? But there was driver Courtney Force in a breezy updo, the WNBA’s Skylar Diggs with a trendy center-parted bun, and Maria Sharapova (above) in quintessential beachy waves. Ready to get inspired?

Maria Sharapova’s Beachy Waves (above) If you needed proof that a black cocktail dress just looks better with undone hair, here you go. The trick to getting Sharapova’s look is picking the right curling iron—choose a big one-inch iron for these loose waves—and practicing restraint when you use it. Curl your hair from just cheekbone level down, and leave the ends straighter for the most natural-looking wave. When you’re done, mist the length of your hair with a texturizing spray or dry shampoo (I like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray) and tousle your hair with your fingers to break up the waves. Then slip into a really hot LBD.