8 After-dark hairstyle ideas you should try this summer

All Things Hair | 26 August 2016

When the sun goes down, it’s your time to shine! 

The summer seasons offer the perfect opportunity to explore some new and exciting hairstyle ideas to add a fresh twist to your look. And while most people focus on the extra amount of daylight we get during this season, we at All Things Hair think it’s just as important to find the ideal hairstyle for when the sun goes down!

From festivals to weddings and even holidays, our social calendars tend to be jam-packed during the warmer months. So with this in mind, we’ve created a list of our favourite after-dark hairstyle ideas to ensure you’re looking and feeling cool, wherever you might be spending those balmy summer evenings. Take a look below to see which looks made the cut.

8 Hairstyle ideas perfect for summer evenings


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Summer hairstyle ideas: The messy ponytail.

The messy ponytail

Tired of having to plan your day-to-night look in advance? Just want a simple ‘do that will be suitable for both yet still super easy to create? Then look no further than the messy ponytail. This classic look has been given a summertime upgrade via the addition of heaps of texture and volume.

To get the look, all you need to do is pull your hair into a high pony, shake out some of the front sections of your hair to frame your face, and then gently backcomb parts of your pony to boost those casual textures. And there you have it – see how easy that was? Now get yourself to that party!

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Plaited ponytail.

Plaited ponytail

During the summer months, the majority of us try desperately to avoid those all-too-familiar sweaty hair moments. And when you have long hair, having to constantly pull it off our faces and necks can be a real pain!

But the good news is, you don’t have to suffer in sweaty silence any longer! There are a whole host of practical, summer-perfect hairstyles that will keep you cool and stylish at once. This season’s top choice is the plaited ponytail. Feminine, playful and chic, it’s ideal for those going straight from desk to bar.

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Beachy waves. Credit: Kristen Soileau

Beachy waves

Let’s be honest: summer just wouldn’t be the same without some beachy waves in our hair styling repertoire! Not only do they give the ultimate summer look, they’re also perfect for adding a glamorous edge to your favourite summer ensembles.

Tip: To ensure that your beachy waves stay looking as, well, beachy, as possible, make sure that you use a generous amount of texturising spray before stepping onto the sand. We suggest trying the Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*) to achieve that wonderfully lived-in finish to the look. Now, where’s the nearest Tiki bar?

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Messy bun. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Messy bun

Running low on summer hairstyle ideas? Got medium-length or long hair, but don’t want to wear it in a pony or plait? Then we have just the thing for you. The messy bun is an absolute must-have when it comes to summer hairstyles, not to mention it’s one of the easiest looks to achieve.

The key to nailing this look is to emphasise the natural textures of your hair. Start by spraying a healthy dose of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray (£6.99*) before blow-drying your hair on ow heat. When it’s dry, pull your hair up into a loose pony, gently twist the pony into a bun shape and secure in place with a hairband and bobby pins.

So, whether you’re dancing under the Balearic stars or on a rooftop terrace in London, a messy bun will ensure that you remain cool, stylish and effortlessly chic all night!

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Crown plait. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Crown braid

If you’re looking to inject bohemian vibes into your summer look, then why not try this free spirited take on the standard French braid? The All Things Hair team have been crushing on this look all season, not to mention it’s perfect for adding a romantic, laid-back edge any summer ensemble!

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Half-up, half-down.

Half-up, half-down fishtail braid 

If you have really long hair, it can sometimes be a little intense wearing it down during the warmer months – but maintaining a sleek updo can also seem like a hassle. Good news is, you can have the best of both hair worlds with a half-up, half-down hairstyle. And we especially love this pretty fishtail braided version.

This look works perfectly for summer, as it keeps the hair off the front of your face by wearing the front sections up, while the back is worn naturally down, allowing you to show off the full length of your tresses!

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Sleek ponytail.

Super sleek ponytail

Sleek, stylish and chic, a refined ponytail never fails to make a lasting impression. Whether you want to channel a high fashion aesthetic and wear it up high, or want a more classic vibe by wearing low, it’s a brilliant way to keep hair sleek and away from your face when the temperature rises.

To ensure that all those flyaways don’t end up ruining your super sleek pony, don’t forget to spritz your finished hairstyle the VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray (£3.99*). You also can learn how to achieve this look with our step-by-step guide here.

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Summer hairstyle ideas: Braided undercut. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Braided undercut

If you really want to impress with a fresh new summer hairstyle, then we have just the thing for you! A braided undercut will instantly add edge and fashion-forward attitude to just about any ensemble, be it a floral sundress or an LBD for after-hours.

Start by creating a deep parting on one side of your hair while it’s still wet. Next, begin braiding a tight cornrow, ensuring that you cross the hair underneath rather than over. Once you’ve completed your braid, blow-dry the rest of your hair on a low setting until it’s completely dry, and there you have it! A cool and edgy ‘do, guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.

After more summer party hairstyle ideas? Find more inspiration here!

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