The Hottest Hairstyles for a Hot Girl Summer

The hottest styles for hot girl summer.

At this point, everybody knows that hot girl summer is back for 2021. What is a hot girl summer and how can you have one? If you’re not familiar with the phrase, it’s essentially just being yourself, to the fullest, unapologetically! This mantra took over like wildfire and now everyone wants to embody everything from its style and confidence to hot girl summer hair.

Self-love is the name of the game this summer. One way we love to show some appreciation for ourselves is through a bold hairstyle, one that’s fierce and makes us feel confident. Need some ideas? Check out the hot girl summer hair looks we have been loving so far, and start trying them out for yourself!

Hot Girl Summer Hair: Must-Try Styles

Ready for a hot girl summer? Here are some of the trendiest styles to give you some inspo.

1. Cornrows

hot girl summer hair cornrows
We love how bold cornrows look, the perfect protective style. Photo Credit:

Cornrows are bold, beautiful and protective–what could be better? We love a style that’s both fashionable and also practical. This braid style looks great on any length and can be done with small, tight braids, or you can go a little bigger and looser. It’s a great style for the heat to prevent frizz and it constantly looks sleek and put together. Tame any baby hairs you may get with some Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick and a toothbrush.

2. Textured Waves

woman with messy waves style
This messy waves style is the epitome of hot girl summer hair. Photo Credit:

How incredible is the textured waves style? This look is so It Girl it isn’t funny. We love this style because you can make it whatever you want. You choose what level of texture you go for, the messier the better in our opinion! Achieve these messy waves by doing tight curls around a wand, going light with a crimper, or air drying your strands in braids and then taking them out once dry. There are so many ways to get this texture, and we recommend finishing with some TRESemmé Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

3. Soft Blowout

hot girl summer hair blowout
A soft blowout looks professional and fabulous. Photo Credit:

The soft blowout style looks super professional, yet it’s so easy to achieve on your own. The trick is to blow dry your hair in sections so that you can focus on making your strands smooth and even instead of tackling it all at once. You can get some extra help with a little TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Balm. This balm is a heat protectant that will give you the perfect blowout with staying power for your hot girl summer hair.

4. Layered Mid-Length Look

girl with layered brunette hair
Try a choppy layered look. Photo Credit: @salsahair

Layered looks are one of the biggest trends this summer. Whether you’re trying out a ’90s-inspired cut or going for a shag wolf cut, you can’t have too many layers. Plus, you’re able to add in the curtain bangs look if you want to try out fringe.

5. Bubble Ponytail

girl with long bubble ponytail
Make a statement with a bubble ponytail. Photo @theacaciamcbride on Ig. Hair by Ruslan Nureev 

What better way to conquer hot girl summer than with a sleek-meets-playful ponytail?! From bubble ponytails to half-up bubble pigtails, this unique style has been dominating our TikTok and Instagram feeds. It’s definitely the perfect style when achieving hot girl summer hair.

6. Pink Hair Streaks

girl with black hair and pink face-framing hair streaks
Play around with vibrant colored hair streaks.

Need a pop of color for the summertime? These viral E-girl hair streaks may be the best way to do this! If you don’t want to commit to a full head of vibrantly colored hair, think pink, blue, green, then hair streaks may be the best option for you. We love this style because it’s very easy to achieve and can also be easily dyed back when you’re ready for a change again.



When taking care of colored hair, make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated strands. We love Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner because it replenishes the nutrients in your hair while keeping your color vibrant for up to 40 washes.

7. Sleek Bun


girl with sleek middle part bun wearing sunglasses
You can never go wrong with a sleek bun. Photo Credit: @catchmabeat

Nothing screams hot girl summer hair like a sleek low bun. This style can easily be achieved with a gel, like TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Gel and a comb. This model-off-duty style will instantly elevate your look and it involves minimal effort. Aka, the perfect summer hairstyle combo.

8. Beachy Effortless Waves

girl with wavy blonde hair
You can’t go wrong with a beach wavy look like this. Photo Credit: @_hairbypaula

Wavy looks are classic, but they’re especially popular right now. I mean, we can’t complain, this style works for any occasion. From curling irons to tights, there is such a big variety of ways to achieve a wavy look. To get a loose beachy wave like this, opt for a 1-1.5 inch curling iron. Curl your hair away from your face and then gently brush out.

9. 2000s Inspired Face-Framing Braids

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Try out this early 2000’s trend. Photo Credit: @isabela_saibert 

Face-framing braids are one of the many styles dominating TikTok recently. These little braids are the perfect addition to any updo, half-updo, or even when your hair is down.

10. Half-Up Space Buns

girl with half up space buns
These half-up space buns are perfect for the summertime.

Since hot girl summer is all about embracing your true self and feeling confident, why not try out that unique hairstyle you’ve been dying to wear. Space buns make the perfect beach day look and they’re aa way to keep your hair out of your face.

Ready to feel the most confidence you’ve ever felt with your hot girl summer hair? Share your style with us on Instagram @AllThingsHairUS

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