Summer is here, and with it comes long weekends, cookouts with friends, and fun new hairstyles. Whether you’re looking for big beach waves or a cool pixie cut, there are plenty of ways to be on trend this year.
“Hello summer and hello texture! Summertime is the perfect time to embrace your texture and embrace a fun and fresh finish to your hair,” Style Master at Kevin Murphy Ali Batista told me. Here are just a few of the styles she and the other experts say you should watch for this season.
There is nothing as cool and chic as a great bun. It will also keep you from overheating. “Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner are rocking the buns this year, which beats the summer heat,” Society Salon owner and celebrity hairstylist Sam DiVine told me. “This hairstyle is very versatile and can be done as clean or messy as desired.”
Buns are great, because you won’t have to constantly be worried about your hair frizzing up or falling flat. “Plus, it is semi wind and waterproof so you can enjoy the waters knowing your style can resist the elements and stay in place,” creator of White Sands Haircare Fernando Salas told me. “For added staying power, use a styling paste like White Sands Smudge Texture Crème to smooth hair back into a shiny sleek pony before creating the bun. It offers 24 hour humidity resistance and will keep baby hairs down.”
If hair styling isn’t your thing, take the easy way out with a little bun help. “There are so many different bun makers out there with various foam shapes to choose from. It has never been easier to make one in seconds,” Salas told me. “You can even cut the toe area off of a sock and roll the remaining part into a circular piece to use. In seconds you will have a clean polished style at the beach that is still fun and flirty.”
If you’ve never been one to try the crazy new styles, fear not. The basic ponytail is just as special. “I’ve noticed that a beautiful, classic ponytail is underutilized,” said Salas. “Using a lightweight hair paste, smooth hair back into a shiny, sleek pony and secure in the middle of the head below the crown and above the nape. Wrap a small piece of hair around the band to dress it up and secure the ends with a bobby pin.”
The best part about the classic ponytail is that it can be worn anywhere. “When it comes to summer hairstyles, the less effort, the better! This is why I love a classic ponytail,” DiVine told me. “This style can be dressed up or down and made low or high for any occasion. Tease it up for some after-work fun or straighten your tail for a fancy brunch… you decide!”
Try a braid
A classic braid is the perfect summer hairstyle. “Braids are the perfect summer style, because they do not require heat to create and end up keeping you cool by keeping hair off your neck. Braids also remain in place no matter what the weather situation brings,” owner and stylist at Clementine’s Salon Dani Everson told me. Not only that, but when you take the braid out, you’ll be left with fun waves, perfect for the beach!
“No matter where life takes you, opting for a braided hairstyle can be the easiest way to get pretty hair without a lot of prep in the summer heat. Wear your braid of choice and let this style act as a curling iron,” Salas told me. “Once in for a few hours, undo to reveal heatless waves.”
“The fishtail side braid is one of my favorites,” Everson said. “I like to pull a few strands out to make it look a little more casual and fun. I’m also seeing hair jewelry in many braids. Tiny jewels and gold pieces can be woven into a braid to add a pop of color and creativity. It’s such a fun and unique styling technique. Hair jewelry is definitely stunning.”
The braided pony
I love a chic, easy style in the summer and I’m not alone. Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii loves a sleek ponytail with a braided band. “After using a great leave-in treatment, create a smooth sleek pony. To cover the rubber band or hair tie, take an underneath section and loosely braid it, then wrap it around and secure with bobby pins,” he told me. “Use a flat iron to the pony to achieve pure sleekness. For that festival look, try crimping some strands that peek through your pony.”