14 short summer hairstyles we are crushing over this season

Be prepared for glorious hair days with these short summer hairstyles!

When it comes to hairstyles to wear in the summer, it can be tricky figuring out which styles will not only help you stay cool (in the rare chance of a summer heatwave), but are effortlessly stylish too. So, to make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of inspiring short summer hairstyles to help see you through the season in style.

Short summer hairstyles - Light blonde hair in messy chic updo with grown out bangs
This hairstyle just screams chic. Credit: Instagram.com/louiblog

1. Messy chic updo

Give all your friends serious mane envy by rocking a très chic messy updo.

We think this mini bouffant hairstyle will look stunning at any summer occasion (especially for wedding season). Allow loose strands to fall around the face, and finish the look with minimal eye make-up and a strong lip colour. Credit: @louiblog

Editor’s tip: If you have fine hair and want to recreate this look, we suggest using VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray. Ideal for creating big, voluminous updos full of texture, this nifty hair essential works as an instant volume refresher.

Short summer hairstyles - dark brown pixie crop with top bun
We just love this cute bun hairstyle on short hair.

2. Half-up, half-down bun

Upgrade your short summer hairstyle by pilling the middle section of your tresses into a top knot bun. This hairstyle works on strands longer than a mid-length pixie and is super practical for any short-haired gym bunnies.

Short summer hairstyles - Maisie Williams with messy bun and metal accessory
Try adding accessories for an ultra-pretty messy bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Messy bun

Who doesn’t love a messy bun hairstyle? On their own, messy buns are perfect for everyday occasions (work, gym or even casual social events), however, when paired with a hair accessory, like Maisie Williams, suddenly messy buns become glamorous!

Short summer hairstyles - curly short blonde bob with headband
A headband can be a short haired girl’s best friend in the summer.

4. Headband styles

Headbands can be a short-haired gal’s best friend and let us tell you why: it’s versatile, comes in a variety of different styles and they’re also miracle workers if you’re short on time! Simply slip on a headband, et voilà: you’ve just upgraded your style in a flash.

back view of zosia mamet with blonde hair styles in a low braided updo wearing a white short
This braided updo is be sure to earn you style points this summer. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Half crown

Want to up your braiding game this summer? This half-crown style isn’t as tricky as it might seem, because to all you need to do to create this look is a couple of French braids!

Create a middle parting and weave a French plait on either side. When you get to the nape of your neck, finish with a classic 3-strand plait and secure with a clear elastic. Finally, wrapping the 2 braids together (concealing the ends. ofc) to create your half-crown and pin. Easy peasy.

Short summer hairstyles - Lucy Hale with smooth wet look low ponytail with centre parting
Keep it smooth like Lucy Hale. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Sharp and smooth ponytail

Got a long bob and need a style that’s chic and sharp? In our books, this smooth, low ponytail means business and ticks all of our hair boxes.

Not only have sleek, wet-looks become popular, but they’re great for taking you from rush hour to happy hour – perfect for helping you to beat the summer heat in style!

Editor’s tip: To give your ponytail a glamorous sheen, simply spritz it with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray and watch as it gleams!

Short summer hairstyles - Headband braid on long brown pixie / bob
Headband braids are super flirty for summer.

7. Headband braid

Headband braids make an ideal summer hairstyle for those with short hair, especially if you’re growing out a fringe (or simply a braiding junkie like us!).

Love this boho-inspired hairstyle? Find out how to create the look in 8 easy steps for your next festival or summer party.

Short summer hairstyles - dark brown black hair with side part smoothed back in retro style
Get glam with this retro style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Retro glamour

Want to step up the glamour for a special occasion? Then make this retro-inspired ‘do your go-to short summer hairstyle.

PS: You can create flawless Hollywood waves by following our step-by-step guide, here.

short summer hairstyles - bella hadid - dark brown hair in slick high top knot
Beat the heat with a slick back top knot like Bella Hadid. Credit: Instagram.com/bellahadid

9. Top knot

Perfect for a night out on the town or even a hardcore HIIT class, the smooth top knot is a hairstyle that’s appropriate for pretty much anywhere. So, why not make like Bella Hadid and rock a top knot style like a true model?  Credit: @bellahadid 

Short summer hairstyles - white blonde hair in messy low ponytail
Make your summer look a messy ponytail. Credit: Instagram.com/louiblog

10. Carefree ponytail

If you prefer relaxed hairstyles, then this carefree ponytail style will be right up your street.

Just apply the VO5 Volume Foam to towel-dried hair and let it air dry for wavy texture. Create a low ponytail and finally, leave some hair out to frame your face for the ultimate undone look. Credit: @louiblog

Short summer styles - knotted faux mohawk style on medium blonde hair
Knotted styles are super fun. Credit: Instagram.com/ryanrichman

11. Knotted mohawk

We love this hairstyle for a beach party or summer festival and we think you will, too. This fun and adventurous style is super easy to create and can be jazzed up by adding hair accessories, like hair rings, to the individual twisted knots. Credit: @ryanrichman

Short summer hairstyles - Kendall Jenner - half-up, half-down hairstyle on lob length black hair
You can’t go wrong with a half-up, half-down style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. Half-up, half-down

Keeping her tresses smooth and straight with barely curled ends, Kendall Jenner teams her pretty half-up, half-down hairstyle with large hoop earrings and an enviable floral ensemble.

IMHO, since Kendall got an ultra-chic long bob, she hasn’t failed to deliver effortlessly stylish looks!

freida pinto with dark brown hair styled into large cornrows wearing baby blue lace top
Tap into the athleisure trend with this sporty-chic style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Cornrows

Cornrows are a great way to keep tresses away from your face. And while Frieda looks stylish with her pretty summer dress and braids, with the athleisure trend still going strong, we still think it’s the perfect partner for sporty ensembles or casual brunches.

anne hathaway dark brown short pixie hair styled into sleek side fringe
Upgrade your pixie with a side sweeping fringe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

14. Wet look pixie

We know that styling shorter hair might seem tricky at first, but it’s far from the truth. We love this wet look pixie as an option for summer nights filled with rooftop drinking and al fresco dining. Just add wet look gel, smooth and you’re done!