"Sun's out, buns out"—at least that's how the saying goes at Byrdie HQ. During the summer months, whether you're hot and sticky in the city, or hot and sticky elsewhere, the goal of a summer hairstyle is to help you keep cool and look chic at the same time. It was during a recent click around the ol' Zara website (for research purposes, of course) that I noticed every single model had a pretty covetable summer hairstyle. From be-ribboned topknots to easy braids and crimping. Yep, Zara is attempting to bring back the '80s hair trend, and you know what? The 2.0 version has me seriously contemplating purchasing a pair of old-school crimpers. Think I've lost my mind?
Click through the gallery to see the crimping in action, plus a host of summer hairstyle ideas to try in the coming months, whether for a wedding, beach jaunt or work.
If someone said crimp your hair, your initial response would no doubt be "no, thank you!" But looking at this super-cool half updo is enough to change some minds. Tempted? You can't beat Babyliss The Crimper (£24).
Want to keep your cool during a day at the beach? This knotted updo is perfect. Create the look by splitting the hair into three sections. Braid each section before weaving in a white leather cord. Next, twist each braid, and secure in place with pins.
Give the scrunchie a modern twist by using it to adorn a simple slightly undone topknot. A slick of red lipstick completes the look.
Braided pigtails are a simple way to keep the hair out of your face on hot summer days. Just reserve this one for weekends.
Amp up your natural hair with a turban-style headband. The accessory makes it easy and chic to secure your hair back off your face. We love this striped Zara turban-style headband (£8).
Another braid, but this time a ribbon has been wrapped around the top and bottom to elevate it from simple to something a bit more special.
Switch up your look with a deep side parting. Blow-dry your hair upside down with Bumble and bumble Full Form Mousse (£23) and a paddle brush to get serious volume into your roots. Sweep into a deep side parting and fix with a mist of flexible-hold hair spray.
You can't beat the simple elegance of an easygoing ponytail.
We love these undone waves. Don't have wavy hair? Fake it with Babyliss Boutique Salon Deep Waves (£50).
Another topknot, but this time it's decorated with a silk scarf.
There is something incredibly sultry about a slicked-back mane of hair. Note the small sections left to hang in front of the ears which add a little je ne sais quoi. Use VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel (£6) to get the look.
More crimping, but this time, the whole head has been crimped. Pair with statement earrings and wear on summer nights out—we dare you.
Next up, five haircuts that will make you look younger (guaranteed).