I don’t know about you, but on hot summer days, the last thing I want to be doing is spending the better half of an hour in front of the mirror trying to style my hair into the perfect coif. Maybe it’s all the time I’ve spent indoors over the last few months, but I’ve been craving anything low-maintenance with much of my beauty routine (but especially my hair routine). Not only does an elaborate, multi-step styling process feel irrelevant to me, but now that we’re getting into summer, I hardly want to waste one more minute than I need to not soaking up the sun, which is why I’ve been getting inspired by a number of easy summer hairstyles.

Luckily, the fashion girls I already follow on the ‘gram have been providing a plethora of cool hair ideas that couldn’t be easier to execute, as long as the right styling tools and accessories are involved. Ahead, I’m sharing six summer hairstyle trends I’m particularly keen on as well as the items you’ll need to re-create each look.

Baby Braids

It can’t just be me—these charming micro braids are flooding my Instagram feed at the moment. I’ve noticed how fashion girls are embracing their natural textures with this one (yes, it even works with bed-head hair) and are braiding in several tiny strands, either two to frame the face or several throughout.

Get the look:

Playa Beauty Endless Summer Spray ($28)

Spritz this into dry or damp hair to get those fresh-from-the-beach waves and create a tousled texture before adding in the braids.

Revlon Salon Straightening Combs ($6)

If you’re exacting, like I am, you’ll want a fine-tooth comb to separate one-inch sections of hair to set aside for the braids.

Goody Hair Ouchless Multi Clear Polyband Elastics ($5)

Lastly, these near-invisible elastics will hold the style to perfection.

Soft, Subtle Waves

For a sleeker look that’s still likely to cut down on time, try these soft-looking waves that are popular among the fashion set. You might even become so fond of the style that you turn to it again for seasons to come. The beauty of this one is that it works year-round.

Get the look:

Wet Brush Paddle Hair Brush Black With Soft Bristles ($9)

Start by brushing wet or damp hair to detangle and banish frizz.

T3 Cura Professional Digital Ionic Hair Dryer ($180)

If your hair is on the thicker end, a strong blow-drier like this will make things much easier on you.

Bed Head Curling Wand ($24)

Add in your waves with a curling wand—using one of these versus a curling iron that has a clip ensures you don’t get any of those hard creases.

Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield ($45)

Protect your precious strands any time you use heat styling.

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($12)

Lastly, finish it off with lightweight hairspray to hold in the waves.

Bandana Business

Bandanas are back, people. And they’re cooler than ever. Fashion folks are tying theirs over their heads in a very retro way that Carrie Bradshaw once wore. The accessory is the perfect piece to throw on to add some edge to any summertime look.

Get the look:

Madewell Fringe Bandana ($12)

Look for pretty prints to add something special to your outfits.

Mango Printed Pleated Scarf ($20)

This pleating is perfection.

Yeshan Vintage Paisley Bandana ($14)

You can’t go wrong with a classic.

Slick and Shiny

The slicked-back bun is a timeless hairstyle since it always looks polished but secretly requires little skill or effort. In the summer, the stylish set clings to the easy look more than ever.

Get the look:

Drybar Blanc Scented Triple Sec 3-In-1 Finishing Spray ($26)

Create that smooth finish with this three-in-one spray.

Ouai Matte Pomade ($24)

A little pomade like this goes a long way to keep flyaways at bay and slick down those baby hairs.

Slip Pure Silk 6-Pack Skinny Hair Ties ($39)

Secure your pony with these comfortable and cool hair ties.


We all have celebs like Bella Hadid to thank for bringing these ’90s hair claws back into our lives. Perfect for when you’re having a bad hair day or you just can’t, sweep your hair back into a twist and secure vertically with the clip. Really lean into the ’90s look by taking two front strands out to frame your face.

Get the look:

Valet Addie Crystal-Embellished Resin Hair Clip ($80)

Valet makes some of the dreamiest clips and barrettes out there.

Revlon Strong Hold Hair Claw Clips ($3)

These acrylic claw clips are bringing me back to my childhood days.

Kitsch Open Claw Clip Set ($20)

These look more like art pieces.

Double the Clips, Double the Fun

Another throwback trend? Snap clips and pins, worn two at a time and secured symmetrically on either side of your part.

Get the look:

GHD Glide Professional Hot Brush ($169)

Glide the hot brush onto dry hair to tame frizz and achieve a smooth overall finish.

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Lotion ($16)

Keep your tresses smooth with this lotion that protects from heat-styling damage.

Odinproducts Hair Clips ($10)

Mix and match with these colorful clips.

Next up, the low-maintenance haircut everyone is trying thanks to French girls.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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