35 Easy Summer Hairstyles to Help You Keep Cool on the Hottest Days
Summer is almost here! You’ve got your favorite sunscreen on lock and your trusty deodorant on deck. All that’s left is a weather appropriate hairstyle (or five) to whip out when the next inevitable heatwave hits. Ahead, 35 breezy summer styles that will withstand the heat and humidity, while still looking downright cool.
1. Low Crown Braid
Take a cue from Busy and try wearing a crown braid lower on your head so that it circles the nape of your neck.
2. Braided Half Bun
For days when you don’t always want to wear your hair fully up, try a half-bun style with a few sectioned braids down the middle and sides.
3. Wispy Bun
When you have zero time in the morning, quickly throw your hair into a bun and pull out some pieces to create that wispy effect.
4. Headband Braid
French braid two sections from ear to ear, and then tie the rest back into a low bun.
5. Rope Ponytail
Elevate your look in less than five minutes with this sleek twisted pony, which you can create by splitting your tail in two and twisting each section around the other.
6. Loose Ponytail Braid
Slick your hair back into a high pony at the crown of your head, then weave it together into a single braid. Finish the look by pulling apart a few sections of the braid.
7. Braided Top Knot
Say goodbye to the traditional bun. Whether you have box, micro or goddess braids, sweep them up and wrap them into a braided top knot like Lupita here.
8. Rolled and Tucked
For a retro Hollywood vibe, roll the ends of your hair underneath and place a few strategic pins at the nape of your neck to secure them in.
9. Knotted Ponytail
Another way to switch up a basic ponytail? Add a single knot in the center.
10. Space Buns
ICYMI: Jelly shoes, leggings and butterfly clips are back. So, it only makes sense to bring back the double buns (a la Baby Spice) while we’re at it, right?
11. Dutch Braid
Aka a reverse French braid. This underhand braid uses the same three-strand technique that you can weave into pigtails like Yara here.
12. Pinned Dutch Braids
Another option is to take your Dutch Braids and pin them back to keep your hair completely off your neck.
13. Loose Top Knot
Gather your hair up into a top knot and let your curtain bangs steal the show like Selena.
14. Loose Low Bun
A low, loose bun is the go-to move when your hair looks a bit, shall we say, rumpled after a day spent outdoors.
15. Fishtail Braid
Unleash your inner mermaid. The impressive plait may look difficult, but is actually easier than it appears. Here’s a four step tutorial to get you started.
16. Fountain Pony
More like the fountain of youth, amirite? But seriously, a high pony has an instant lifting effect (and takes all of two seconds to do). Tip: Run a dryer sheet lightly over the top of your head to nix any fuzz.
17. Zig Zag Updo
No need to worry about where to put what with this style. Place a strand here and a pin there and then pull out a few face-framing pieces in the front to finish.
18. Bubble Pigtails
All you’ll need are a few extra elastics to recreate this do.
19. Bedazzled Bun
Yvonne shows us that a single, well-placed accessory can elevate any style.
20. Bubble Pony
Similar to Lana’s look above, but with more sections to the ponytail. That said, this is a fun style to try if you have very long hair (or extensions).
21. Curly Updo
Loosely twist your curls up into a bun and place a few U-shaped pins to secure it to the top of your head, allowing a tendril or two to escape at the bottom like Nathalie here.
22. Side-Swept Single Braid
Ideal for ladies with extra-long hair, this classic hairstyle is fit for any occasion. Might we suggest threading a ribbon through or adding some braid hoops?
23. Curly Pineapple Pony
Get those curls up and off the back of your neck to avoid a sweaty situation. First, pull them up into a super-high pony, then pin the tail forward so your ringlets spill over the top and front of your head.
24. Classic Pony
Hey, it’s classic for a reason. Tip: If you have naturally straight hair, try adding a few waves to your pony to dress it up like Kerry here.
25. Single Bubble Pony
Ah, the bubble ponytail truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Here it is again, showing us that even adding a single bubble to the mix can take things to the next level.
26. Slicked Back Bun
Why fight the heat when you can have it work in your favor? Make like Kate here and use a bit of smoothing cream to slick everything back into a neat bun.
27. Half Up Knot
A half knot is a great way to disguise greasy roots, while also bringing the hair up and away from your face.
28. Bobby Pin Back
There’s no need to overcomplicate things here. Even stacking a few bobby pins to one side can impart style to an everyday pony.
29. Super Slick Top Knot
If you’re going for a bolder statement, try slicking everything back into a small knot and wrapping the base in some gold trim to finish.
30. Layered Pony
Try a layered pony by sectioning the top half from the bottom and pulling both pieces back. Option to add a colorful string like Cara to further emphasize a clean part.
31. Low Key Space Buns
Depending on their placement, space buns can be subtle and downright elegant, as Mandy shows us.
32. A Power Braid
It’s just as simple to execute as a pony, but it adds a little something-something. Just braid a small section on one side and pull it back into the tail.
33. Slicked Back
This wet-look hairstyle is a staple in the summer. Whether your hair is already wet from the pool or you just want to fight frizz, squeeze a dollop of gel into palms and run fingers through your roots to ensure the sleekest finish.
Cornrows have been a staple in protecting natural hair for centuries. Often times, they're a base for wigs, extensions or weaves, but many wear them alone for a chic look perfect for, let's say, a rooftop party. Create several sections before braiding close to the scalp and working your way down the entire length of your hair.
35. Bantu Knots
Sweat and frizz are no match for this multi-knot style.