No Heat Hairstyles: 10 Summer Styles for Natural Hair

Summer, summer, summer-styles!

Ok ladies, time to put those diffusers, hair dryers and hair wands down. It’s time to let your natural hair loose and let your curl pattern do its thing! If this is the one season to give your hair a break from heat styling tools, and start rocking some easy no heat hairstyles, let the summer be it. There are many naturals that opt for heat required styles all winter long, but come summer they lay those styling options to rest. Curls are the best accessory for summer. This season, the heat is definitely on, but it won’t involve any form of electricity with these hot hairstyles.

1. Office-Friendly Natural Hair Updo

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Try out this transitional hairstyle that’ll take you from the office to after work drinks.

Natural girls, we’ve heard you loud and clear. These days there’s a big conversation around wearing your natural hair to work. Let’s be clear: We support every and any hairstyle you choose to wear, but sometimes you want to wear a style that’s more polished up for the workplace. Try out this updo with curly bangs. It’s simple, classy, and summer-friendly. If you don’t have bangs, hack it! Pin your hair up at the root of your fringe until your bangs are a length you like.

2. Bantu Knot Hairstyle

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Looking to try one of the coolest no heat hairstyles? Opt for bantu knots during the summer season.

Summer is the season of fun, right? Move away from your traditional go-to ballerina bun and opt for Bantu knots. When you’re tired of rocking these mini buns, loosen them, massage your roots to get rid of visible parts and rock your curly afro hairstyle.

3. Pineapple Puff

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Need a quick and easy style for those hot and hazy days. Try this pineapple updo. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

There’s nothing like a hot summer day when your curls are getting the best of you! Pull it up. Opt for this super easy pineapple puff ponytail. Try it out with this simple tutorial. Make sure to keep your curls on point by using some Dove Amplified Textures Twist In Moisture Shaping Butter Cream before you create your updo.

4. Chunky French Braids

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No girl should go without trying braided hairstyles this summer. Braid your natural curly hair into this chunky style.

What kind of list would this be without the inclusion of a braided hairstyle? Since we’re going the no-heat route, this means no need to blow your hair out before braiding. Braiding your curls provides you with a cool mussed up texture, and a bit of chunkiness–which we like! As the week goes on, the messier the better.

5. The Wash and Go

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Opt for air-drying your wash and go hairstyle during the summer season.

The wash and go method is pretty obvious for summer, but instead of drying your hair with a diffuser or sitting underneath a hooded dryer, opt for drying on-the-go. To give your hair enough time to dry before heading opt, it may require waking up just a tad bit earlier but those sexy curls are well worth the wait!

6. The Fro-Hawk

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Styling curly hair into fun updos call for extra product from time to time. Use dry shampoo to soak up any excess residue to keep your styles light and airy. Photo credit: Dvora

Need a summer festival hairstyle or tired of your wash and go? Try the fro-hawk hairstyle. Smooth hair on both sides towards the center and use bobby pins or hairpins to shape and keep in place.

7. Healthy Curls

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Maintain healthy curls.

Focus on healthy curls with your wash and care system. Washing with a duo like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner will get you prepped for the perfect hair day with healthy curls.

8. Curly Bangs

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Let your bangs dry naturally curly. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

Let your hair air dry and allow your bangs to go curly. We love how effortless and chic this look is, and it’s so easy to achieve! Embrace your curls and give your bangs a rest from the blow dryer or hair straightener.

9. Crown Braid

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Go for a chic crown braid style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Looking for a no heat updo? Why not try the chic and classic crown braid! This style is perfect for any occasion, casual or a little more upscale.

10. Accessorize

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Add a headband to your style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

When in doubt, throw on an accessory. We love a good headband, it elevates any look and keeps your hair out of your face. This is a great option on extra warm days, you will feel cool with your hair pushed back and it will add some volume to your style.

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