Great Hairstyles for Summer Heat

Summer is filled with barbeques, beach fun, pool parties and heat – lots and lots of heat. There are plenty of cute outfits and summer dresses that you can wear on these hot, humid days…but you want to have a summer hairstyle that wont stick to your face and neck or get big and frizzy when you sweat. Whatever hairstyle you go for, its always helpful to:

  • Wear a leave-in spray with SPF in your hair before going out into the sun.
  • Use an after-sun hair masque to help repair any damage.

Following are a few suggestions and how-to’s for summer hairstyles that will stay put and looking good through high temperatures and humidity.

Sleek High Ponytail


  • Apply a blow-drying spray like Bio Ionic Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray ($12.99) to damp hair and blow dry with a round brush.
  • Separate hair into four sections and wrap each section in a large hot roller. Allow to cool down. Then, take out rollers and brush through the hair.
  • Pick your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Hide the band by wrapping a piece of hair from the ponytail around it.
  • Smooth a little bit of styling gel over your hair to tame flyaways.

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Big, Perfect Hair Bun

  • Put a volumizing mousse in damp hair.
  • Blow dry hair with your head flipped over for extra volume.
  • Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  • Divide ponytail into three sections and tease each one a bit.
  • For very thin hair, add hair extensions before picking up into a ponytail.
  • One by one, wrap each section around the base of ponytail.
  • Secure with bobby pins.

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Braided Updo

  • Apply texturizing mousse like TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Strong Mousse ($9.25) to damp hair and allow hair to air dry.
  • Finger comb through your hair to space out.
  • Make a side part, and add gel to a wide-toothed comb and run it through the larger side.
  • Starting about an inch into the hair partition, separate a section of hair on the crown of your head so that there is no obvious partition going all the way down the side of your head.
  • At the front of the larger section of hair, split it into three sections and begin French braiding towards the nape of your neck.
  • Once you reach the back of your head, secure that side and braid down the other side of your head.
  • Once you finish braiding, pull down the section on the crown of your head and comb it back into one ponytail along with the two braids on each side of the partition. 
Twist the ponytail into a bun.
Spritz on a strong-hold hairspray like TIGI Rockaholic Rocktastic Hardcore Spray Gel, $9.89.

Side-braid or Fishtail
Directions from Hairstyle Trend Alert: The Side-Braid blog post.

  • Apply a volumizing mousse such as the Big Sexy Root Pump Plus Volumizing Spray Mousse ($15.99) to damp hair and then blow dry.
  • Roll up 2-inch sections of hair in medium-sized Velcro rollers and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Begin French braiding your hair, starting behind the left ear towards your right shoulder.
  • Use a hair-tie for the bottom of the braid or let it naturally unravel a bit.
  • Use bobby pins to fasten any loose ends for a playful finish.

Please comment and tell us which is your favorite!

Easy-to-do Elegant Summer Updos

Loose Updo

If you have any special events this summer, try something different and classy on your hair. Take the casual feel of summer and incorporate it into an elegant hairstyle. For example, try a messy, loose up-do and frame your face with wavy wisps reminiscent of a Greek goddess. Below are a couple of different how-to videos that show you all the steps to create these styles on yourself, as well as a list of items or products necessary to complete the look. Follow these tutorial videos for easy-to-do, elegant updos.

What you’ll need:
Heat Protectant: Try Bio Ionic Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray, $15.99
Curlers or a 1” Curling Iron: Try CHI Turbo Digital Ceramic Spring Curling Iron, $98.95

What you’ll need:
Texturizing Cream: Try Rusk Wired Flexible Styling Crème, $10.99
Curlers or a Thick Barrel Curling Iron: Try CHI Turbo Digital Ceramic Spring Curling Iron 1 ½”, $98.95
Blow Dryer and Diffuser: Try CHI Pro Hair Dryer (Diffuser included), $98.59
Light Hold Hairspray: Try Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, $19.95

Last but not least: My Favorite…

What you’ll need:
Thick Barrel Curling Iron: Try CHI Turbo Digital Ceramic Spring Curling Iron 1 ½”, $98.95
Finishing Spray: Try Straight Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Anti Frizz Spray, $16.49

Please share your experience if you try any of these!

Summer Hair – Protection and Styles

Summer is here and our hair can get quite uncooperative with us during this season. Humidity is the devil on our hairs’ shoulder telling it to do bad things. Aside from being uncooperative, our hair can take a major beating from the summer’s heat, chlorine and salt water. Make sure to properly care for and protect your hair while you find the styles that work best in the summer climate.

Always wear a thermal protector to protect hair from heat and UVA/UVB rays such as the Bio Ionic Thermal Active Nourishing Silk Leave In. Also, use a weekly moisturizing masque (CHI Nourish Intense Coarse Silk Masque) to hydrate your hair.

Following hair tips are what I recommend as the best and easiest ways to manage your natural hair type during the summer season, but keep in mind that the real magic that controls frizz and makes these hairstyles work, is the right hair products.

Natural, Beachy look
Use a spray like the TIGI Rockaholic Groupie Texturizing Spray Pomade for beach-like hair texture. Spray it on moist hair and allow it to air-dry for a piecey, wavy look.

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Straight Hair
To wear your hair straight, use a lightweight serum like BioSilk Silk Therapy to control frizz. Apply the serum before blow-drying and then add a few drops after you style.

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Chic ponytails
Rock a casual, low ponytail or a higher ponytail with a small section of hair wrapped over top of the hair tie. A loose side ponytail, on wavy hair is especially beachy.

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Loose Curls
Humidity can bring down the fun of curls and heavy hair products can weigh curls down or cause build-up. To maintain springy, summertime curls, scrunch a lightweight product like the Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Enhancer onto curls.

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