20 Summer Hairstyle Ideas for Long, Medium-length & Short Hair

Summer is right around the corner! 

Whether you spend sunny days on the beach, enjoy the outdoors, or just slow down and relax, summer is a great time to get creative with your hair. 

If you’re not ready to commit to a color, summer is the perfect time to experiment. 

Seeing all those pretty braids on other people but never had the chance to try? Well, give them a shot on your vacation. 

Or maybe, experimenting isn't your thing and you just want cute summer hairstyles to keep cool from the summer heat. 

There’s nothing worse than spending your time preening for hours for a hairstyle that makes you feel gross, sticky, and sweaty at the end of a long, hot day.

Whether you have long hair, short hair, or hair somewhere in between, there’s a ton of fun things you can do to have fun with your hair while you soak up some sun. 


Quick and easy summer hairstyles for long hair

Twist with bow

Starting with a classic, you can dress up a simple ponytail and turn it into an easy elegant look for the summer. 

Tie your hair into a low ponytail, then gently slide your fingers into your hair right above the ponytail holder. 

In the space that your fingers make, take your ponytail and flip it through to create a twist. Then, add in a scarf or ribbon of your choice to finish off this chic, polished look. 


Infinity Braids with buns

Not sure what to do with long hair when it’s hot? 

Here’s a unique way to keep your hair off your face and neck so you’re feeling and looking fresh all day. 

Swap out regular braids for these infinity braids. These should keep your hair out of the way while still looking cute. 

Make sure to leave some of your long hair loose as soon as your braid reaches the bottom of your head. 

Take the loose ends up into buns so you get a fun look that keeps you cool. 


Chunky undone braid

If you’re going for a more relaxed boho feel, try a chunky undone braid. 

All you have to do is to style your hair into your typical french braid. 

Then, once you're done, loosen up every section of your braid by gently pulling the hair a bit looser to create this effortless look. 


Bandana

If you’re comfortable wearing your hair down and just want something to keep it out of your face while you’re out and about, try using a bandana. 

Sweep your hair back using a bandana or a scarf for those lazy days. 

You’ll look put together and accessorized without much effort! Plus, for a day out in the sun, it’s extra protection for you and your hair. 


Undercut

The summer can get really hot, and that’s never the best news for people with long hair. 

But now that the undercut is trending for ladies, you can have a sneaky way to lessen the heat on your neck without sacrificing all your long hair. 

You can wear your hair down without too much heat or for an edgier look, wear your hair up and show off that cut! 


Messy bun 

And of course, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel when we have the old reliable messy bun. 

Dress it up with a scarf, a headband, or some braids. 

Add in some twists if you’re feeling fancy. But a messy bun is any long-haired gal’s best friend for easy, pretty looks in the summer.


Easy summer hairstyles for medium length hair

With bandana 

Medium-length hair is great in the summer because you don’t always have to tie it up. 

You can show off those locks and highlight them with some accessories too. 

Try a headband or a bandana to keep your hair out of your face while adding in a bit of oomph to your look. 


Braid with charms 

Y2K style is coming back in full throttle. 

But if you don’t want to go all-in with the barbie pinks and low-rise jeans, you can use your hair to join in the trend! 

Try this sweet, simple braid and jazz it up with a few charms. They’ll catch the light and help you sparkle in the summer sun.


Flower braids

Going to a summer wedding or wanting to feel the romantic vibe? 

Or maybe you just want something new to do with your hair and a fun new style to learn. 

Then, check out these flower braids. Use your hair to take a piece of art around with you wherever you go. 


Braided bun with undercut

Even with shorter hair, sometimes the summer heat is just too hard to beat! 

Try an undercut and dress it up with some braids. You can twist the braids into a bun when it’s getting extra hot. 

Plus, the bun softens the look and even with the shaved undercut, it still looks elegant and feminine. 


Braided space buns

If your hair is too short to twist all together in one bun, why not try two? Space buns are a cute and playful way to wear your hair up and keep them in place all day long. For a more effortless look, loosen your hair up in the front and let a few tendrils frame your face to top off this adorable style.


Half-up messy bun

For the ultimate casual look, do a half-up, half down messy bun. 

It’s an easy look you can just pull your hair into for any occasion. 

You can make it a bit more sleek and polished if you’re going for a more chic look, or just like this, you can make it look as messy and relaxed as you’d like. 

Either way, you’re keeping some of that hair out of the way so the crazy summer heat doesn’t get to you.


High ponytail

A high ponytail is a versatile way to go. 

You can wear it curly with a big scrunchie for a cuter, more preppy look. 

But you can also make it sleek and sexy by pulling your hair back and keeping it straight in the ponytail. 

It’s a simple look but you can change it up however you please.


Hot weather hairstyles for short hair

Bright colors

Summer is the best time to get a little wild with your hair. 

Experiment with a funky new color on shorter hair to give yourself a fresh, fun look. 

You don’t always need to put short hair up when it’s hot so it’s the best way to show off a new hue.  


Pixie cut 

When the heat gets tough, this is your sign to just cut it all off! 

If you’re looking to try new things for the summer, the pixie cut is the way to go. It’s an edgy look that can look really soft and feminine if you want it to. 

Plus, you don’t have to worry about your hair adding to the heat of the season!


Fade 

If a pixie cut is too tame for you, try a fade. 

The shaved sides give you a tough but elegant look. 

It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but if you give it a shot, you can elevate your summer hair game into something more fashion-forward and avant-garde.


Curly lob

If you want a cut that’s a little more classic, then the curly lob is for you. 

Cut right at the chin, this hairstyle frames the face perfectly and is a pretty and timeless look for just about anyone. 

Plus, when you go out to the beach and get that salt and sun in your hair, this style lends itself best to soft, beach waves.


Tiny space buns

So cute and tiny! These space buns are great for short hair. 

You can twist your hair around itself at just about any length for this style to work. 

They might just be a little smaller than your usual space buns but they’re just as adorable and work just as well at keeping you feeling fresh and cool. 


Waterfall braid

Have brightly colored highlights that you want to show off? 

Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to make wearing your hair down a little more unique. 

Using a waterfall braid to draw everyone’s attention to your hair is a great way to go. 

For colorful highlighted hair, it also really brings out the colors and makes it stand out. 


Box braids

For both comfort and style, box braids are great to try out. 

The way they’re braided against your head ensures that you get to enjoy the summer breeze on your face. 

They also look a lot more sleek and polished than your regular braids if you’re going for a cleaner, less boho look. 


So which is the best hairstyle in summer? 

Well, whatever look you are going for, the most important part is that you feel comfortable and enjoy! 

These hairstyles to keep you cool in the summer just go to show that no matter what the length or style you prefer, you can get a great look while making sure you feel fresh enough to have fun in the sun. 

Last Updated: June 22, 2021

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