Think outside the top knot. These ten easy hairstyles will carry you through every possible outdoor barbecue, beach jaunt, and humid wedding summer will throw your way.
It’s the biggest summer hair struggle: you want to wear it up because it’s so hot and humid, but you also want to wear it down. Instead of settling for the tradition half-up style, try Kristen Stewart’s reversed version.
Lacquering your hair into submission can be a losing proposition in the summer. Instead, keep things casual by opting for an almost-but-not-quite-loose side ponytail a la Emma Stone.
Summer is prime wave time, which makes a structured style a real standout this time of year. Go for a cut above shoulder length with very sleek ends, like Ava Phillippe and Saoirse Ronan, to garner maximum impact.
We love major bombshell waves as much as anybody, but if you’re blessed with natural texture, embrace the buoyancy by letting the heat bring out your natural curls. Afraid of poodle-poof? Simply tie the front section back in a high ponytail like Bella Hadid to add an element of sleekness without feeling too fussy.
From a tight buzz to subtle undercuts, ultra-short hair is making a comeback, and there’s no better time to try out a minimal-effort style than summer. Go full-tilt like Kate Hudson, let your top grow like Danai Gurira, or trim away the under layers like Selena Gomez to give sweaty locks a lift.
Need an instant hair upgrade? Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell shows off how pretty simply pinning the front layers of your beachy waves back can look.
Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, Kim Kardashian, and a dozen other celebrities have taken slicked back hair from the runway to the red carpet. The trick is for your hair to look wet—but not actually be wet. Use a few palmfulls of mousse and strong hold gel to get the style to hold.
A low, looped bun, like the one seen on Zoë Kravitz, gets your hair out of your face but looks a little cooler than a chignon. Use an elastic in your same hair color (or a clear one) so there are no harsh lines.
Twist and pin back your lob on just one side, tucking it behind your ear. It leaves the perfect canvas for showing off designer sunglasses.
Don’t hide your natural texture—embrace it. Slick down your roots to midlengths only, then tie off your hair into a basic low ponytail. The juxtaposition of the fuzzy curls against the sleek shine looks gorgeous for any occasion.
Don’t fight the frizz. If you’re blessed with big, bouncy, voluminous curls, leave them alone and be on your way. If you’re not, use a ton of salt spray and a small curling wand to create this kind of fuzzy texture.
Consider the faux hawk your summer updo. With straight hair and tons of shine, the look is tough and party-ready; with soft and natural texture, the look is ideal for a beachside summer wedding.