15 Effortlessly Cool Hair Ideas to Try This Summer

Because it's hot.

If there's one thing summer is about, it's looking effortlessly cool. Hairstyles that require perfection, upkeep, and maintenance just don't jive with the spirit of the season—save those for the holidays. When it's hot and humid out and each day is charged with the possibility that anything can happen (oh, summer nights), you want a hairstyle that works with your natural wave and texture; something that embraces twists, turns, braids and waves; something that works with flyaways and frizz; and something that can look even better the messier your hair and the longer the days get. For that aim, we rounded up 15 cool looks to pin, try, and tailor to your heart's (and hair's) content this summer. Keep scrolling to see the styles you have to try at least once this season! 

For Love & Lemons

The messy top knot was made for summer. The more wild, dirty, and imperfect your hair is, the better the whole style looks, so you don't have to worry about humidity, frizz, or flyaways.

Twist Me Pretty

A few clear elastics and three minutes max to pull off this beautiful weaved ponytail. Click here for the full tutorial. 

Studded Rose

For shorter hair, this knot is so easy yet totally stunning. It’s the perfect style for showing off your sun-kissed babylights all summer. 

Barefoot Blonde

Upgrade your braid with this runway- inspired fat, messy version made for days when humidity is in full effect. Click here for the full tutorial.

A Beautiful Mess

Great for a variety of hair lengths, this simple style looks great with a traditional braid or fishtail braid. Add some sea salt spray to your natural waves and you have the ultimate summer look. Click here for the full tutorial.

Anne Sage

For those romantic summer nights, this updo is easy and elegant. Click here for the full tutorial. 

Urban Bush Babes

Embrace the spirit of summer with this cool and effortless hairstyle. A side ponytail has never looked better than with big, high-impact braids.

Twist Me Pretty

This braided pretzel bun looks way prettier and more complicated than it is to create— it just takes two minutes! Click here for the full tutorial.

A Fashion Love Affair

When the old ponytail gets tired, this braided version along with some beachy waves is one of our favorite summer looks. Click here for the full tutorial.

Hair Romance

This twist on the topsy tail is a summer favorite and takes only three steps. It even works with curly hair, too. Click here for the full tutorial.

Treasure and Travels

The simple and effortless half-up knot looks great no matter your hair type or length (save for a pixie cut). All you need is a few pins, and a little spray for extra hold. Click here for full tutorial.


You may not have silver hair, but regardless, this half-up knot oozes cool.


We love the chic-meets-casual look of this low rolled updo that’s perfect for summer date night. Click here for the full tutorial.


Paired with your natural wave and texture, this messy braided princess style looks relaxed but visually interesting at the same time. Click here for the full tutorial.

Barefoot Blonde

This braided look gives off a hippie vibe that we love. It’s so quick and easy that we may end up wearing this all summer long. Click here for the full tutorial.

Which of these looks will you try this summer? Let us know below, and click here to shop the texturizing product we're obsessed with for summer hair. 

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