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Summer Hairstyles Trending this Year


You’ve been looking for holidays for months, but once it’s time to break out the swimsuit, what will you do with your hair?

Summer weather can really wreak havoc on your hair. High humidity can make it frizzy and hard to manage, and pool chemicals can damage it. Not to mention the heat – did you know your hair can actually get sunburned?

Our favorite summer hairstyles are updos (because no one wants hair sticking to the back of their neck all summer!) that are easy to style. After all, you’re probably too busy having fun to waste a beautiful summer day in front of a mirror.

Five Summer Hairstyles Approved by Davines Stylists

Check out our top picks for easy summer hairstyles to keep your ‘do looking stylish, no matter what fun summer activities you have planned! We went to Tommaso Incamicia for advice: he’s the hairstylist of the cult salon My Place Hair Studio in Milan.

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High ponytail

Want to try a cute long hair style? Try a cute and trendy high ponytail this summer! This hairstyle is super popular in the warm weather, and once up can last you weeks. 

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Headband hairstyle

If you don’t have the time for an extravagant style, try a headband hairstyle! Headbands and other accessories are a great way to make a cute look on a hot summer day.

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Sleepover Beach Waves

Pro tip: You don’t need to go to the beach to get beach waves! Need help perfecting your look? Try the Sleepover Beach Waves.

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Box braids

Want a hairdo you don’t have to change up for weeks? Enter box braids. This style has a hefty time commitment up front, but once your hair is braided it can last all summer, no styling necessary. Pro tip: Tie off your braids with clear or hair colored hair ties!

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French braids

Oh French braids, you never go out of style (thank goodness!). Did you wash your hair today? Who knows (and who cares? You look cute!) when you’re rocking this awesome summer hairstyle.

12 Best Hairstyles for Summer

Our top 12 cute summer hairstyles seamlessly transition from day to night to keep you looking hot no matter what summer activities you’re getting up to.

1. Tendrils
Still growing out those fringe bangs? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re happy that tendrils are such a hot look right now. You don’t even need a tutorial for this easy summer look – just pull back your hair with a hair tie in either a half up, French braided, ponytail, top knot, or messy bun style. Pull out a couple of chunky pieces near your part and – voila! – instant fashion.

2. Braided Half Up
Channel your inner mermaid vibes with the braided half up summer hairstyle – it’s great paired with beach waves, even if you have short hair (just throw in a couple extra bobby pins to keep your braids from falling apart). We love the braided half up look for hair that’s a little dirty, a little sandy, and a little windblown from a day out in the sun.

3. Topknot
We’re glad topknots are so trendy because they are such an easy summer hairstyle! They’re perfect for basically every summer activity, from fine dining to picnicking in the park and kayaking to napping by the pool. A top knot is an effortless updo that somehow looks fancy, and we’re here for it. Go for a messy bun if you’re just lounging around, or try styling your top knot using bobby pins for a sleek look on a hot night out.

4. Pigtails
Once upon a time, we all thought pigtails were left behind in the 90s. But like so many other fabulous 90s trends (crop tops, anyone?) they’ve made their way back into mainstream fashion, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Pull that frizz back with two hair ties and a couple of scrunchies and you’re ready to go enjoy your summer day.

5. Sleek Knot
A top knot, but make it glamorous.

6. Pixie Cut
Three words: No. Styling. Required (unless you’re into that sort of thing!). Spice up this short hair look with some hair color, or use texturizing spray and hair spray to style.

7. Half Up/Half Down
Don’t have time for a braided half up look? No one will even notice if you pull back your beach waves in a half up loose ponytail (or one of those tiny top knot messy buns – so cute!). Easy summer hairstyle – check.

8. Loose Ponytail
If you’ve got a frizzy mane from the humid summer air, a loose ponytail can get you through the summer days in style.

9. Wet look
No tutorial necessary – long hair, short hair, frizzy, or fine, the wet look is the easiest summer hairstyle! Pro tip: Use a couple bobby pins to keep it in place behind your ears all afternoon!

10. Fishtail
Do you know how to French braid? Awesome. Then you know how to fishtail braid! Just do a French braid inside out and secure it with hair ties, bobby pins, and some hair spray for this effortless updo. If you have ombre or balayage, this can really make your hair color stand out! Instead of finishing the braid down your back, tie it off with a messy bun for effortless styling.

11. Ballerina Bun
Bun updos generally fall into one of three categories: top knots, messy buns and ballerina buns. Ballerina buns might be the most difficult to perfect, but armed with some hair ties, bobby pins, and your favorite styling gel, you can totally nail this polished-looking updo. Just don’t forget to waft some hair spray over it once you’re done to tame loose flyaways! 

12. Short braid
Don’t have the long hair required for a box braid? Change up your braid style with shorter braids! Share your unique style with colorful variations and length changes.

Other Summer Hair Care Tips for Healthy Hair

So your hair is definitely going to look great all summer, but will it be healthy? Check out these summer hair care tips to keep your locks thick and nourished.
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1. Use a Moisturizing Hair Mask

Heat, salt, and pool chemicals can all dry out your ‘do. If you get your hair bleached or colored for the summer, that can dry it out too! Treat your hair with a hydrating mask weekly to keep it from getting dry and brittle.
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2. Get a Trim

Split ends? No thank you! Keep up your regular trim schedule to prevent them from developing. Click here to find your local Davines Salon.
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3. Protect Hair from Chlorine

Ever had your hair turn green from chlorine? Turns out this innocent pool chemical does a lot of damage to your locks! To protect from chlorine damage, drench your hair in cold water before getting into the pool, and layer on hair oil before dunking your ‘do. After swimming, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to clean out any leftover chlorine.
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4. Maintaining Blonde Hair this Summer

If you have trouble maintaining your blonde hair in summer, try some of our special products made specifically for blondes! Our Hearth of Glass of color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner will make sure your hair stays a cool blonde tone all summer long!
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5. Use Products that Target Frizz

Some of us get flat hair in the summer, and the rest of us get frizz. Try hair care products designed for frizzy hair such as our Love Smooth Shampoo and Love Smooth Conditioner to target this pesky summer problem.
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6. Protect Hair from the Sun

If you’re not into hats, protect your hair from the sun with sun-protecting leave-in spray like SU Milk  – it’s like sunscreen for your head! And read our article that explains how to protect the hair from summer heat!

Davines Can Help You Get the Perfect Summer Look

The perfect hairstyle for summer days comes from styling and nourishing fragile summer hair. Whether you style with an updo, like a french braid or messy bun, or simply rock short hair during summer days, Davines has products that keep your hair – and our planet! – healthy.

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