11 easy summer hairstyles for long hair to try at the beach and beyond!

All Things Hair | 12 April 2018

In need of easy summer hairstyles for long hair? Then check out these beauties!


Summertime provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with a whole host of sunshine-ready hairstyles that will allow you to embrace the new season in style. And, if you’re blessed with long, luscious locks, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a plethora of fun and easy summer hairstyles for long hair to play around with. 

And since these hot-weather months fill our social calendars to bursting point with festivals, holidays, and weddings, it’s the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and experiment with lots of fresh, vibrant looks.

Below we’ve curated a list of 11 amazing hairstyle ideas for long hair you need to try before the elusive British summer disappears yet again!


11 stunning summer hairstyles for long hair


model on catwalk with long brown beach waves
Beach waves are a summer staple. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Beach waves

This hairstyle will allow you to embrace some major summer vibes. And whether you’re chilling out by the pool, sunbathing on the beach, or dancing under the Balearic stars, waves are a great way to add shape, movement and texture to your otherwise straight locks!

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: The key to nailing easy summer hairstyles for long hair? Scrunching some TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray into damp hair and leave to air-dry for a natural-looking, tousled texture.

back view of demi lovato with brown low braided bun at Glamour women of the year awards
Beat the heat with this stylish ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Braided bun

After spending the day wearing our hair in a simple braid, we absolutely love to switch the style up to a braided bun for a summer evening (because who has time for a hair makeover when the sun is shining).

model with long straight blonde hair in high ponytail shot against studio blue backdrop
Avoid those sweaty hair moments with a sleek high ponytail. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. High ponytail

During the hotter months, it’s inevitable that you’ll face those sweaty hair moments that can instantly ruin your look. 

However, if you’re looking for easy summer hairstyles for long hair that will allow you to keep your hair off your face and neck without compromising on style, a simple – but effective – high ponytail is always a fail-safe option. 

TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To add a more polished edge to the look, don’t forget to twist a section of your hair around the elastic band to hide it. Finish by lightly spritzing with the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray to help banish flyaways and hold the style in place.

janelle monae at industry red carpet event with dark brown hair in space buns with jewelled accessories
Janelle knows how to style her space buns. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Space buns

We didn’t think we could love space buns anymore – that was until we saw this little floral update! Perfect for chilled summer days and, of course, our fave summer pastime – festivals – space buns are among the hottest hairstyles right now.

Asian model with loose side braid from Marc Cain SS17 catwalk
Loose side braid. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Loose side braid

With its laid-back appeal and subtle nod to the hot-off-the-runway bohemian trend, a loose side braid is totally on point this summer.

Great for achieving a more organic look, this is a style that looks just as good by the pool as it does at a summer wedding. Try styling yours with a strip of ribbon at the end just like Emily Ratajowtski.

model with long straight blonde hair styles in milkmaid braids wearing sheer floral dress
Milkmaid braids are a summer wedding fave. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Milkmaid braids

Chic, fun and effortlessly stylish, a milkmaid braid is a great way to add a touch of playful romance too long hairstyles. Plus, it’s easier to create than you might think.

VO5 Sleek Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Don’t believe us? See our step-by-step tutorial here, and don’t forget to seal the look with the VO5 Sleek Creation Hairspray, which will give a workable hold and tame frizz, while also boosting a healthy-looking shine.

Madelaine Petsch on red carpet with long copper auburn wavy hair in half-up, half-down style wearing checked co-ord outfit
Summer hair never looked so good. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Half-up pony

The Arianna Grande staple has been spotted on more and more celebrities over the last few years, and there is nothing we love more at ATH than an A-list trend we can actually wear.

When it comes to easy summer hairstyles for long hair it can be tempting to pile your tresses high to stay cool, but just imagine how stunning this half-up pony will look when you’re stepping out of the ocean with natural beach waves.

model with long straight brown hair in low messy ponytail with long pieces of hair hang loose at the front
Effortless and sophisticated. Credit: Verity Jane Smtih

8. Messy pony

In a rush and need a style that is work, gym and date-night approved? Then we suggest going for the humble messy ponytail.

This style staple is often overlooked as simply a last-minute look but by adding more texture and a little volume at the crown, it can be transformed into a striking summer hairstyle.

model with brown hair in high top knot wearing sleeveless white shirt
Create this stylish look in a matter of seconds. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Topknot

Perfect all year round, topknots are one of those looks we all do without even thinking about it. So guess what? Keep doing what you’re doing. But if you do want to upgrade your look, try adding a silk headscarf around the base of your top knot for a summer touch.

woman on catwalk with brown wet look smooth low bun wearing black sheer spotted dress
Catwalk approved wet look bun styles make for a great summer hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Wet look bun

Our obsession with wet-look hair is showing no signs of waning just yet, especially when it comes to easy summer hairstyles for long hair. So if you want to do like all the runway models this summer, reach for your hair gel and make this low bun your next look.

VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray (female)

Editor’s tip: No wet look style is complete or even achievable without a hair gel. We love VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray for giving all the benefits of a gel product in the convenience of a spray!

model with long blonde wavy hair in half-up crown braid wearing white dress
Soft and romantic half-up crown braids are a summer hair must-have. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

11. Half-up crown braid

Summer isn’t all about ice cream vans and picnics in the park, it’s also wedding season (hooray). So if you have a wedding date pencilled into the calendar, why not make this picture-perfect half-up crown braids your go-to look?


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