Even if you don’t get a two-month vacation, chances are you feel a bit more relaxed in the summertime. When the weather heats up, you can apply a more “laissez-fair” approach to your hair as well – while also experimenting with the latest styles. This summer, try your hand at playful braids, twists casual buns, ponytails of all heights and sizes and some slicked-back styles to keep you cool all season long.
Ready to switch things up this summer? Put a spin on your usual hot weather hairdo with one of these fun summer looks. From creative braids to casual waves, you’ll be enjoying campfires, beaches, BBQs and the long sunny days in style.
Trend: Braided bun
Do you have a wedding, graduation or some other outdoor event to attend this summer? Whether it’s inside or out, the braided bun is the perfect style for a warm weather get together not only because it’s feminine, sweet and stylish, but it’ll keep you cool as a cucumber if you decide to sit in the sun or break it down on the dance floor. For a girly look, this style pairs well with florals and lace. Use bobby pins that match your hair color to keep the braids in place, and spritz on a little texturizing spray for a perfectly tousled, beachy look.
Trend: Fishtail fun
The fishtail braid is an old classic that’s made a huge comeback. Though it looks complicated, it’s actually a simple process: start by dividing your hair into two sections, then bring both sections to one side. Take a quarter-inch piece of hair from the back of one of the sections and wrap it around to the front. Continue like this until you’ve reached the bottom, then secure the braid with a hair tie, and give the top of your head a tousle to let the natural pieces fall out around your face. The result: a carefree, sexy look that’ll withstand humidity while you’re having fun in the sun.
Trend: Crazy colored ends
Adding a little color to the ends of your hair is a great way to throw some pep into your style without going over the top. The trick is to keep it low-commitment: use temporary color so that when you’re over this colorful trend, you can easily wash it away. Avoid the potential regret of an impulse dye by first coloring a small, less noticeable section of hair. Be sure to blow dry it completely to evaluate the color before proceeding on to the rest of your ends. Even though it’s temporary, you still want to be careful.
Trend: Accessorized strands
Summer is the season to blend your practical and whimsical sides with embellished bobby pins, sparkling headbands and floral accents. Whether you’re going to a graduation or a friend’s garden party, these functional accessories allow you to play up your feminine side while also fighting humidity. The trick to hair accessories is to follow the “less is more” adage to avoid looking overdone. A subtle blossom on the base of a low bun is elegant and perfect for an outdoor wedding. Pearl and rhinestone embellished bobby pins are popular for messy updo’s and add sophistication to any ensemble. For fancier affairs, opt for one of the season’s floral or jeweled headbands, paired with a high bun or pulled-back pony. If you plan on dancing the night away, be sure to secure your ‘do with bobby pins, and pack extras in your purse just in case.
Trend: Slick and chic
The “wet look” debuted on the spring runways and is sure to be a summer hit. To achieve this style, saturate your hair with styling product and either slick it back for loose hair, or pull into a smooth ponytail. The overall effect is both rebellious and chic – but use alcohol-free products to avoid looking greasy. Wear this trend to a poolside party with a black cover up, simple bikini and attention-grabbing gold sandals. To create an edgy, polished look that’s perfect for a night on the town, opt for a pair of skinny leather pants and nude pumps.
Trend: Extreme beach waves
Nothing says summer like saltwater and sand. After a day at the beach, your hair may resemble a mermaid’s, with waves in just the right places. Beach waves are always trending when the weather gets warm, but this season it’s time to pump up the volume. Achieve this look without the damage by first spritzing a dry shampoo for texture, then use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to create loose waves. Finish the look with a light mist of hairspray to ensure the waves hold.
If you’re fresh out of the shower, spray on some texturizing beach spray and scrunch. Once hair is dry, refine waves with a curling iron – and don’t be afraid of height. This year the motto is “the bigger, the better!”
Summer is the perfect time to try new things with your beauty and fashion routine. Wear these sweet new trends to the beach, a picnic or around your pool at home. The trick is to not take them too seriously. The messier and more carefree the better – since that’s what summer is all about!
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