No Heat Hairstyles: 6 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. From office friendly updos to chunky braids, discover some of our favorite heat-free hairstyles to try this season.

No Heat Hairstyles for Natural Hair

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Need a hairstyle that is also office-friendly? Opt for a simple updo.

Office-friendly natural hair updo

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. No need to worry about any visible pins, the curls from your updo will cascade forward hiding any styling tools.

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

Bantu knot hairstyle

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.

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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

Pineapple puff

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.

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

Chunky French Braids

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. Sleep in this hairstyle —on your silk pillowcase of course—wake up and go!

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

The wash and go

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! To go the gel-free way, as time may be of the essence due to summer festivities, wash your hair, apply leave-in conditioner then a styling spray like TRESemmé Curl Locking Styling Spray which keeps curls defined without feeling stiff or sticky and features a humidity-resistant formula.

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Shiny and fun fro-hawk hairstyle. Photo credit: Dvora

The fro-hawk

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. Smooth a hair serum, oil or a shine-spray on the surface of your hair for a nice sheen. Try TRESemmé Smooth and Silky No-Frizz Shine Spray to smooth frizz and to give your hair a natural looking shine.

Which of these no heat hairstyles are you going to try on your natural hair this summer?