10 Easy Hairstyles for Hot and Sweaty Summer Days

Beat the heat with really good hair.

Summer Hairstyles
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It's summertime, and the living is hot. So it goes without saying that the temperature affects just about everything, right down to styling your hair.

When you're hot and sticky, the last thing you want to do is spend time doing your hair when sweat and frizz are inevitably going to ruin your look after a few minutes outside anyways.

So, odds are you aren't going to make an effort to do your hair unless it's a style that gets your hair up and out of your face, or holds up in the humidity.

That's why we've rounded up a set of hairstyles that are both simple to do and perfect for the hottest summer days.

Here, 10 of the easiest hot weather celebrity-inspired hairstyles you'll want to wear all season long.

1. Bantu Knots

While there are limitless protective style options, you can't go wrong with Bantu knots in the summer. The versatile style works on all hair lengths, not to mention it gets all the hair off the back of your neck and cuts down on styling time. For a sleek take on the classic protective style that Tracee Ellis Ross loves, run a hydrating style cream, like one from Pattern Beauty, through your curls before twisting each section into a knot.

2. Wet Waves

It really doesn't get more effortless than a bob styled in wet-looking waves. While it might appear like you just stepped out of the shower with your hair being perfectly disheveled, this look does take a little bit of work. To keep your hair from completely air-drying and getting frizzy, use a wave-enhancing spray like R+CO Dreamhouse. Then, run a bit of hydrating hair oil such as Virtue's Healing Oil through your waves and flip the front section of your hair over the the other side.

3. Curtain Bangs

Is quarantine forcing you to grow out your bangs? The struggle of long bangs is real, but this simple tweak will get them out of your eyes and transform them into a bonafide style. Simply part your bangs down the center to create curtain bangs and use a round brush when you're blow-drying your hair to direct (and train) them to stay in place. We're fans of Wet Brush's Volume & Body Round Brush. Not only are curtain bangs practical right now, they look amazing on any hair length and go with virtually any style. For a retro vibe, pull the top half of your hair up and flip out the ends like Selena Gomez.

4. Face-Framing Mini Braids

While celebrity hairstylist Bryce Scarlett gave Margot Robbie this '60s-inspired look last summer, the style is still trending in 2020. The beauty of these mini braids is that they can be added to any hair length — whether you have a blunt bob or long layers. Use a bit of Moroccanoil Molding Cream to help set the plaits in place.

5. The Classic Braid

When your last blowout is starting to feel stale, style your hair in a classic braid. The simplest way to do this timeless style is pulling your hair into a high ponytail first, then plaiting the tail and securing the end with an elastic. To keep your hair from slipping as you braid it, blast it with some dry shampoo first. We like the one from Playa, a clean haircare brand.

6. A High Bun

The beauty of Tessa Thompson's high bun is that you can recreate it in five minutes flat, regardless of your hair texture and whether your hair is damp or dry. Don't think too much about how you're twisting your hair up to keep the look effortless. For natural textured hair, prep your hair with a hydrating treatment like Nexxus's Conditioning Mist to give your curls extra moisture and definition.

7. Beachy Waves

Beachy waves are a classic summer beauty look — even if you're nowhere near the water. Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan used ghd hot tools to create this look on Olivia Culpo. If you're not an expert at using a curling iron, try a curling wand. This tool doesn't have a clamp, so you can easy create waves without any creases. Finish off by spritz your hair with texturizing spray like Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Soft Texturizing Spray to break up the waves and give them that lived-in texture. Yup, it's that easy.

8. Slicked-Back Tousled Pixie

Charlize Theron's slicked-back tousled pixie is the short-hair equivalent of effortless beachy waves. Once again, Adir Abergel proved there is myriad of ways to style the cut with this look he created using Virtue Labs products. Work mousse through your damp hair and rough dry it for extra volume. Then, spritz a texturizing spray to get that bedhead texture and slick your layers back with some styling cream.

9. Braided Ponytail

There are countless ways to style your braids, but a high ponytail like Laura Harrier's will majorly cut down on your styling time. Seriously, just pull your protective style up into a ponytail at the crown of your head and you're good to go. Secure the updo with a silk hair tie like Slip's scrunchies, which come in various sizes, to prevent friction and tension on your braids.

10. Fishtail Braided Updo

If you're bored of the same old braid, try a fishtail braided-updo celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak did on Olivia Wilde. This style isn't meant to look perfect, so don't worry about flyaways or loose strands. That being said, if you do want to touchup or set any random pieces in place, avoid a crunchy gel and use a bit of hydrating styling like Authentic Beauty Concept's Shaping Cream instead.

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