15 Easy Summer Hairstyles For Long Hair

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.

1. Beach waves

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

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!

Editor’s tip: The key to nailing easy summer hairstyles for long hair? Scrunching some VO5 Texturising Sea Salt Spray into damp hair and leave to air-dry for a natural-looking, tousled texture.

2. Braided bun

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

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).

3. Space buns

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

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.

4. Loose side braid

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

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.

5. High ponytail

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

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. 

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 VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray to help banish flyaways and hold the style in place.

6. Milkmaid braids

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

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.

Next read: How to create a milkmaid braid in 4 steps. 

7. Half-up pony

Summer hairstyles for long hair: Woman with long blonde wavy hair in a half-up ponytail wearing a white top
Summer never looked so good. Credit: Rupert Laycock

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.

8. Messy pony

summer hairstyles for long hair: 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 Smith

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.

9. High bun

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

If a high bun hairstyle is already your go-to, give it a summer update by adding a silk headscarf around the base of your bun for an Instagram-approved finish.

Next read: How to wear summers best hair accessory. 

10. Topknot

Summer hairstyles for long hair: Woman with long blonde hair in a sleek topknot high bun
Fendi-approved topknot. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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, leave out a few wispy strands along the hairline, à la the Fendi runway.

11. Wet look bun

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

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.

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!

12. Half-up crown braid

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

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?

13. Double accent braided bun

Summer hairstyles for long hair: Blonde model with long hair in a low bun with accent braids wearing a blue floral blouse.
What’s not to love about this summer hairstyle. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Accent braids add interest to an otherwise simple bun hairstyle and help to give your overall style a more boho vibe which we all know is a key look when it comes to creating summer hairstyles for long hair.

14. Twisted braided bun

Woman with long blonde hair styled into single accent braided bun
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you struggle to braid, try twisting your hair instead! This cute style will make sure you stand out, no matter the occasion.

15. Headband twisted bun

Summer hairstyles for long hair: Woman with brown straight hair in a headband braid bun updo wearing a yellow floral top.
The perfect day to night summer hairstyle. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Looking for a day to night summer hairstyle for long hair? Then try a quick and easy twisted headband braid for a stylish daytime look, and when the sun goes down simply twist the length of your hair into a bun at the nape of your neck.

And there you have it, 2 fuss-free hairstyles perfect for summer.