It’s a holiday weekend and the official start of summer (as well as summer Fridays for the lucky ones). This means two things: 1) You probably have three days filled with outdoor adventures, barbecues, and possibly some pool time ahead of you, and 2) you definitely don’t want to spend those precious hours heat-styling your hair—especially as temps continue to climb.
With that in mind, we're rounding up some of the heat-free hairstyles we swear by this time of year. Not only do these 'dos require minimal time and effort, but they'll keep you cool too—a critical combination when it's 90º and approximately 500% humidity. Best of all, they're still totally polished, which is key for summer nights—and hungover brunch on summer mornings.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite no-heat summer hairstyles.
Is it hair gel, seawater, or sweat? No one has to know. And feel free to get creative: You might opt for the topknot seen here or perhaps a sleek high pony. We also love the look of hair down with the roots slicked back for a night out. (Try Bumble and Bumble's Sumotech, $29, for flexible hold.)
Take a cue from Lais Ribeiro by putting a vaguely fancy spin on a low pony—the braided detail at the bottom says "I tried!" even though the actual effort is pretty minimal.
For the girl who can’t be bothered with ponytails, buns, and braids, we give you the barely bun. All you have to do is loop your hair through a hair tie and pull that loop so it’s barely hanging on. It’s perfect for when you wake up with texture leftover from last night’s waves and a headache from last night’s festivities that, combined, make spending more than 30 seconds on your hair out of the question.
Ideal for keeping curls intact and avoiding hair-induced neck sweat, this updo is a breeze for anyone with tight curls or natural texture. Head over to PopSugar for a full tutorial.
This foolproof '90s throwback has already earned the Coachella seal of approval. And mark our words: It'll be one of the most popular 'dos of the summer. (Not only is it great for days when it's so hot you can barely move, but it's also pretty clutch for disguising dirty, sweaty hair.)
Give your deep side part a little something extra with a floating braid. To achieve this much texture and body, hair powder is a must. Try a sprinkling of Big Sexy Hair’s Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder ($14).
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This story was originally published on May 21, 2015.