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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.