Summer is here, and you know what that means. It means no time for the hair straightener, the return of frizzy locks and, yes, there’ll be sweat and lots of it. So, how can we make sure the summer heat doesn’t get the best of us and our ‘do? Well, we’ve rounded up some styles that will keep you looking cool, even if it’s a scorcher.
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The braided up ‘do
Some people can rock this ‘do better than others, but if you’ve got the time and the patience to twist and braid your hair into this cute style, it’s sure to look great.
This style keeps your hair off your face and your neck, which will keep you cool, and is a great style for those beach getaways or days at a summer festival when the wind, saltwater and sweat can really make a mess of things.
Here, Christina Ricci and Scarlett Johansson are keeping their hair off their faces with a sleek-looking braided up ‘do.
Holly Carson, owner and head stylist of Wish Hair Studio, says the braided up ‘do is the perfect summer hairstyle, as long as you do it right.
“Christina Ricci’s soft Heidi-style braids that she wore to the recent Smurfs 2 premiere is such an easy style to achieve for any length hair,” Carson says.
“The key with any braided style is to make sure it looks grown up. Christina Ricci’s are amazing because they’re teamed with swept bangs and they are softly braided — too tight and you may feel like you’re serving beers at Oktoberfest or having your Grade 6 school photo taken.”
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The classic bun
This is quite possibly the perfect hairstyle for a day in the summer heat. Whether it’s a day at the office, or an afternoon out running errands, this classic bun style will keep your hair from looking a mess. Just pop it up and you’re ready to go.
This is a great one for those balmy summer nights when it’s just too hot to even think about straightening or curling your hair. Just because it’s so hot you’re sweating as you get out of the shower, doesn’t mean it’s too hot for a bit of hair styling.
Take note from Nicole Richie, with her cute bangs swept to the side, or from Lauren Conrad, who keeps everything neatly tucked away with a large bun at the top. This one’s a great summer hairstyle that can easily be taken from day to night.
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For those of us with long locks, go with the messy look and throw your hair into a haphazard side braid.
A great style for the beach during the day or dress it up for a night out on the town in the evening. It’s a messy enough style that your beach hair will look less nasty and more bohemian goddess.
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Jennifer Morrison and Margot Robbie rocked these looks on the red carpet, but they can just as easily be taken into casual day wear, too.
It’s an easy style to pull off, too: Just sweep your hair to the side, twirl some messy curls in there and braid away.
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If your hair is naturally straight, thick and gorgeous like Jessica Alba’s, then you can easily pull off the “Yeah, I wake up like this” beach hair look.
Give your hair a bit of a shake up, maybe iron in a curl here and there, but basically you want it to look a bit dishevelled and messy — that’s the point.
Jessica Alba has gorgeous long locks, and while she goes for the polished look on the red carpet, once she’s at the beach, she’s a no-fuss kind of gal. Just pop on a wide-brimmed hat and you’re ready to go.
Tips from the professionals
Holly Carson says to live by these tips:
- Invest in good-quality bobby pins — this will save your life on so many occasions.
- Always make sure you have a salon-quality toning shampoo or treatment on hand to ensure you can maintain your locks at home. We recommend SP’s Silver Blonde shampoo.
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And who has the most lusted-over locks?
“Cara Delevingne is the ultimate blond idol for summer,” Carson says. “She can’t do wrong. I have so many clients lusting after her perfect smokey blond colour for summer.”
What’s your summer hairstyle pick?