Summer hairstyles: Buns & Braids
While summer 2020 was a year for haircuts to stay at home, summer 2021 has many new styles doing the rounds, now that many businesses are back to normal and people have started frequenting beauty parlours to do their hair in varied styles. A major consideration when choosing your summer hairstyle should be comfort, say experts, while the next aspect to keep in mind is what feature do you want to enhance in your look.
Glamour.com says, 'If your repertoire of summer hairstyles ends at high ponies and messy buns, we don't blame you. It's already tough enough to decide what to wear when the weather is nearing triple digits — are we still doing bike shorts this year? So, forget attempting an elaborate hairstyle or breaking out the hot tools.'
Tricks for dealing with long hair in the summer include befriending dry shampoo for sweaty days and using leave-in conditioner to combat humidity frizz. A layered cut is a great way to get rid of excess bulk and weight. If you just want your hair out of the way, try any number of ponytail or bun styles, or distribute the weight more evening with a braided style. Here are a few trends that have found favour with women around the world for summer 2021:
For instant UV protection, add a bucket hat to any hairstyle. Paired with red lips and pigtail braids, it's instant cool.
While beachy waves are nothing new, thanks to TikTok, there are tonnes of new hacks for getting texture without heat. Hairstylists recommend sleeping in braids, or wrapping your hair around a scarf, socks, or tights. This helps set your hair in the shape you want without any heat. A finishing spray in the morning will add volume.
Sweep your hair into a sleek bun at the nape of your neck to really show off a pair of statement earrings. This is ideal for summer when you need some aeration around you.
In summer, grab the opportunity to embrace your natural texture. The pineapple updo is one of the easiest ways to toss up curls on blistering days, you bet.
Knotless Box Braids
Knotless braids are more representative of what natural hair looks like when it’s braided without any extensions. The braid starts seamlessly at the scalp and continues on the very ends. Because of this, they are much easier to remove and faster to install than other long braids. Throw in a silk headband for effect.
Claw clips were arguably the must-have hair accessory of quarantine and they are here to stay, at least for a long time. Secure your slick bun with a butterfly shaped one. Also, novelty-shaped clips add visual interest, besides helping in keeping shorter layers out of your face in the heat.
Relaxed Side Plait
This relaxed side plait is great for adding shape to straight locks. Simply use a three-strand braid to very loosely plait your hair, all to one side.
The wet look beach bun is perfect for days that are too hot for blow-drying. After washing hair, apply a wet-look gel to damp strands and sweep up into a neat bun. Then, allow hair to dry naturally throughout the day.
Boxer braids are created by braiding two French braids from the hairline, down the back of the head, and to the ends of strands. Extremely popular this year, this style is perfect for hot weather.
Straight and Sleek
Unless you have naturally straight hair, creating a sleek do in summer can be a hot mess. Concentrate your efforts only from roots to mid-lengths. Then, pull hair back into a tight, low bun to fake the appearance of sleek hair all over. You can also simply brush hair back and work pomade through to secure it.
This teased bun is more simple to create than it looks. Start by brushing hair towards the roots to create volume. Next, sweep hair back into a low ponytail before twisting and coiling into a bun. Pin the bun in place and finish with a firm-hold hairspray.
This edgy take on schoolgirl braids makes for the perfect weekend summer style. Rock it to the beach or out for brunch whenever you want to shake things up. Just remember to keep the look sleek and sharp to ensure a modern style.
Instead of trying to force bangs straight in summer, allow them to stay curly. This look has seen a massive revival in recent months and is completely on-trend.
A half bun is one of the easiest hairstyles to create and yet it’s still so stylish. This super sleek version creates a fashion-forward look, but the style can also be created with curly hair for a bohemian vibe.
Turn a boring ponytail into a cute, retro ponytail with this summer style. All you need to do is wrap the end of the pony around a curling wand to achieve one large wave. Then, just add a ribbon at its base to complete the style.
Humidity has a knack for turning smooth hair instantly frizzy. Instead of fighting frizz, harness its extra volume by creating a mini beehive for formal events and functions.