Summer hairstyles that stun


Summer is here, and with it
comes long weekends, cookouts with friends, and fun new hairstyles. Whether
you’re looking for big beach waves or a cool pixie cut, there are plenty of
ways to be on trend this year. 
“Hello summer and hello
texture! Summertime is the perfect time to embrace your texture and embrace a
fun and fresh finish to your hair,” Style Master at Kevin Murphy Ali
Batista told me. Here are just a few of the styles she and the other experts
say you should watch for this season. 
Beach bun

There is nothing as cool and
chic as a great bun. It will also keep you from overheating. “Celebrities
such as Kendall Jenner are rocking the buns this year, which beats the summer
heat,” Society Salon owner and celebrity hairstylist Sam DiVine told me.
“This hairstyle is very versatile and can be done as clean or messy as
Buns are great, because you
won’t have to constantly be worried about your hair frizzing up or falling
flat. “Plus, it is semi wind and waterproof so you can enjoy the waters
knowing your style can resist the elements and stay in place,” creator of
White Sands Haircare Fernando Salas told me. “For added staying power, use
a styling paste like White Sands Smudge Texture Crème to smooth hair back into
a shiny sleek pony before creating the bun. It offers 24 hour humidity
resistance and will keep baby hairs down.”
If hair styling isn’t your
thing, take the easy way out with a little bun help. “There are so many
different bun makers out there with various foam shapes to choose from. It has
never been easier to make one in seconds,” Salas told me. “You can
even cut the toe area off of a sock and roll the remaining part into a circular
piece to use. In seconds you will have a clean polished style at the beach that
is still fun and flirty.”
Classic ponytail

If you’ve never been one to
try the crazy new styles, fear not. The basic ponytail is just as special.
“I’ve noticed that a beautiful, classic ponytail is underutilized,”
said Salas. “Using a lightweight hair paste, smooth hair back into a
shiny, sleek pony and secure in the middle of the head below the crown and
above the nape. Wrap a small piece of hair around the band to dress it up and
secure the ends with a bobby pin.”
The best part about the
classic ponytail is that it can be worn anywhere. “When it comes to summer
hairstyles, the less effort, the better! This is why I love a classic
ponytail,” DiVine told me. “This style can be dressed up or down and
made low or high for any occasion. Tease it up for some after-work fun or
straighten your tail for a fancy brunch… you decide!”
Try a braid

A classic braid is the perfect
summer hairstyle. “Braids are the perfect summer style, because they do
not require heat to create and end up keeping you cool by keeping hair off your
neck. Braids also remain in place no matter what the weather situation
brings,” owner and stylist at Clementine’s Salon Dani
Everson told me. Not only that, but when you take the braid out, you’ll be
left with fun waves, perfect for the beach! 
“No matter where life
takes you, opting for a braided hairstyle can be the easiest way to get pretty
hair without a lot of prep in the summer heat. Wear your braid of choice and
let this style act as a curling iron,” Salas told me. “Once in for a
few hours, undo to reveal heatless waves.”
“The fishtail side braid
is one of my favorites,” Everson said. “I like to pull a few strands
out to make it look a little more casual and fun. I’m also seeing hair jewelry
in many braids. Tiny jewels and gold pieces can be woven into a braid to add a
pop of color and creativity. It’s such a fun and unique styling technique. Hair
jewelry is definitely stunning.”
The braided pony

I love a chic, easy style in
the summer and I’m not alone. Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii loves a sleek
ponytail with a braided band. “After using a great leave-in treatment,
create a smooth sleek pony. To cover the rubber band or hair tie, take an
underneath section and loosely braid it, then wrap it around and secure with
bobby pins,” he told me. “Use a flat iron to the pony to achieve pure
sleekness. For that festival look, try crimping some strands that peek through
your pony.”
Boxer braids

If you’re looking for the
ultimate low-maintenance look this summer, ask your stylist about braids.
“Boxer braids and scalp braids are trending right now and are perfect
beach-ready styles,” Master Hair Designer and owner of Gordon Salon Tony
Gordon told me. “Just remember to protect your scalp! Before heading
outside, make sure you apply sunscreen to the exposed scalp.”
The mohawk braided top knot

The top knot look is
everywhere and certainly nice for summer. To take this look to the next level,
try adding a braid. “This is a twist on the casual top knot,”
editorial fashion hair expert from Cut, Twist, Extend Diana Gallegos told
me. “To spice things up, try this mohawk braided top knot for a trendy
summer look.” Start by sectioning off the hair on the top of your head and
clipping that section up. Place the rest of your hair in a ponytail to keep it
out of the way.
“Create a dutch braid
along the center of the top of the head. When the braid reaches the back of the
crown, simply tie it into a messy bun,” said Gallegos. “Once the bun
is secured, grab your favorite curling iron, straightener, or curling wand to
add some beachy waves to the loose locks.” To finish, spray a light coat
of hairspray and go!
Textured waves

Salty beach waves are the
classic summer look. They also take almost no effort. “The beach look is
always a desired look and is easily achievable both with and without the
beach,” shared DiVine. “Whether you do a quick touch-up with your
curling iron or sleep with a bun for heatless morning waves, texture is a fun
and classic look for this summer.”
Bright, short styles

I recently had my hair cut and
went for my usual long layers. However, my stylist told me that most of her
clients have been coming in asking for short and sassy looks. Stylist and
barber Jessica Zeinstra loves a great pixie cut for summer. “Recently,
we’ve seen a number of celebs debut this trend on red carpets and at award
shows, and it’s safe to say this stylish ‘do will be a popular one this
summer,” she told me.
Short, blonde looks are
particularly big this season. “Platinum tresses are one of my favorite
hairstyles this summer. Bold and daring, sporting platinum locks will guarantee
that you have a white hot summer,” celebrity hairstylist and CEO of Muze
Hair Kiyah Wright told me. “It gets even hotter when you opt for a
platinum blonde pixie cut or beach wave bob.”
However, when you mix
newly-platinum hair with sun and chlorine, you could be left with a drab,
greenish color, so make sure to care for your hair. “This look requires a
bit of TLC in order to maintain its vibrant, icy color,” Wright explained.
“Weekly conditioning treatments will protect your platinum strands from
the sun, allowing you to don your sizzling hot look all summer long!”
Feature your face

This summer could be the
perfect time to play up your favorite features and display your gorgeous face.
“This summer is also all about enhancing your facial features with
hairstyles that are away from the face,” Wright told me. “Anything
from a bob cut to a style that includes a middle part or an updo like a
topknot, these summer hairstyles help to accentuate your face.”
To make sure your favorite
features really pop, make sure you’re wearing the right colors to accentuate
your hair. “Pair any of these hairstyles with an outfit other than black,
like yellow, red, cream, or white,” explained Wright. “These cooler
colors radiate against your face, giving you an instant glow for summer!”
Disco style

If you’ve got big hair, this
summer is your chance to go even bigger! “Modern disco hairstyles are
perfect for summer. If you have a frizzy hair, this is the ideal time to
embrace it and allow the frizz to fly,” Murat Evin, the creative director
of The London School of Makeup told me. 
“Use a sea salt spray to
add volume to your curls and then just let them go. Summer is the worst time
for battling frizzy hair with the amount of humidity in the air, so this modern
disco look is a fashionable and low-fuss method of embracing the natural
properties of your hair,” said Evin. Now if your hair gets frizzy, you can
tell your friends that you’re on trend.
Shaggy bangs

For a fun, casual look this
summer, try some new bangs. Shaggy bangs are a nice way to try them out,
because they’re long enough to just look like layers if you decide you’re not
feeling the bangs. 
“A nice eye sweeping
fringe is a great way to change up a look without committing too heavily to
‘having bangs’ and then growing them out,” TRESemmé stylist John Dahlstrom
(John. D) told me. “When getting these bangs cut, have your stylist create
a soft ‘U’ shape that hangs low over the eyes and is slightly chipped into in
the ends. This will keep the fringe airy and easy to sweep.”
If your hair has some natural
curl, Dahlstrom recommended adding a bit of TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7
Pre-Styling Spray before drying.
Blunt bob

When you’re ready for a new
cut, but can’t decide which way to go, a bob is always easy and chic. It also
seems to never go out of style. 
“I love this cut! A
classic blunt bob is one of my favorites and always chic,” Dahlstrom told
me. “This style is all about precision so when sitting in the hair chair,
remember to remain still and sit nice and straight for your stylist! Once this
cut is in place, it’s an easy one to smooth with a flat iron and finish off
with a bit of  TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.”
The slicked back look

If you’re a Kardashian fan
(and even if you’re not), then you’re familiar with the slicked back look.
“As perfected by Kim Kardashian and her sisters, this look is simple to
achieve and works best with medium to thick locks,” Gallegos told me.
“If your hair is too thin, it will appear too weighed down.”
This look is perfect for
summer, because you can leave product in your hair to prevent it from frizzing
in the heat. “The trick is to make your hair look wet without actually
being wet,” explained Gallegos. “When you just get out of the shower,
while your hair is still damp, apply a couple pumps of mousse and strong-hold
gel into your palms first, then stroke through the crown of your head to get
the style to hold.”

Asymmetrical bob

Opting for an asymmetrical bob
gives you that stylish look while still keeping you cool all summer long.
“An asymmetrical bob is a great choice, because you still get all the fun
of slightly longer hair without all the added bulk hanging on your neck on a
hot sticky day,” artistic director and Master Hair Designer at Gordon
Salon Holly Pistas told me. 
“A versatile style for
the summer, the bob can be worn more polished for a professional setting or
slightly messy for a fun night out. Soft trendy beach waves look great on this
style, because they give it a little flair. Plus, waves last longer on a bob
because the weight of the hair isn’t dragging down the style.”
Care for your hair

No matter what hairstyle you
choose this summer, make sure you’re taking great care of your locks and scalp.
The experts agree that it doesn’t matter if you have the perfect style when
your hair is dull, and the split ends are out of control. Start with a
quality conditioner, and always apply sunscreen to any exposed areas of your
scalp. Minimize the amount of heat you use when styling, and ask your stylist
about the best ways to condition it.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.