Cool curly hairstyles you should try this summer

Jeanette | 09 June 2016

Time to get your locks ready for sunshine and warm weather with our edit of these cool curly hairstyles. 

Summer is fast approaching and, with it, sunshine and balmy temperatures (hopefully!). The good news is that this means lots of festivals and al fresco parties to attend, marking the beginning of our search for new, summer-ready ‘dos. But while we can find lots of popular choices when it comes to seasonal styling for straight hair, sadly, it seems there are less to choose from in the way of festival-friendly curly hairstyles. But, fear not: that’s where we come in to help! Ahead, we’ve gathered 4 of our favourite curly ‘dos to help you look your very best in the heat.

So, whether you have naturally curly locks or just love wavy hairstyles, here are the coolest looks you should try this summer.

4 Curly hairstyles perfect for summer


The pineapple curly hairstyle
The pineapple. Credit: Dvora

The pineapple

You simply can’t go wrong with this ‘do. It’s a great look for staying cool during the summer by keeping your strands out of the way. Simply gather your hair and put it into a high ponytail on the top of your head. Tie with a hairband and then – using a curling iron or a hair straightener – create a cascade of curls in your pony. Now you know why this hairstyle is aptly named ‘the pineapple’!

light brown hair with half up French braid
Half-up French braid. Credit Dvora.

Half-up French braid

We think that braids and summer go together like hot weather and ice cream, and this hairstyle is no exception. Both practical and pretty, it’s ideal if you can’t quite decide whether to put your hair up, or leave it down loose.

Prep your hair by spraying it with a good texturising spray, like the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray (£3.99*), to add a tousled look to your tresses and give you extra grip for your braid. Then take a section of hair from the front, right on top of your forehead and start your French plait. When you get half-way down the back of your crown, stop picking up extra strands and continue to weave a standard three-strand plait. When you reach the end of you hair at the bottom, secure with a hairband. The result? A fun and festival-ready, half-up French braid!

green wavy hair with mini buns
’90s ultra mini buns. Credit: @Glamiris

Ultra-mini buns

For this easy hairstyle, we draw inspiration from ‘90s ravers by teaming crimping and mini buns together.

Start by creating two mini buns at the front of your head. Mist the lower part of your mane with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (£5.50*), which helps protect hair from the damaging effects of heat and is infused with keratin to help reduce frizz.

Plait a 1-inch section of hair into a single braid before slowly running your hair straightener a couple of times on the braid. Repeat this process until you’ve done the entire section and, finally, unravel all the braids. The finishing touch? Spray your mane with a light control hairspray to maintain your ‘do. The TRESemmé Perfectly (un)DONE Ultra Brushable Hairspray (£5.50*) will help control frizz without stiffness or stickiness. Credit: @Glamiris.

bantu knots natural hair curly hairstyles
Bantu knots.

Bantu knots

Ok, we know this isn’t really a curly hairstyle, but news flash: rocking this ‘do will help you curl your locks without heat – ideal if you’re at a festival.

First, prep your hair with a leave-in conditioner like the Toni&Guy Prep Leave-in Conditioner (£6.99*) – as it’ll help smooth your locks and keep them hydrated. Then section your tresses and start creating your bantu knots by twisting and wrapping to form mini buns. Undo your knots at the end of the day, using your fingers to comb your mane and massage away any obvious partings. And there you have it: perfect, heatless curls!

Now that you know them all, are you falling for one of these pretty curly hairstyles? If so, which one will you try?

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