The Best Hairstyles for Summer 2021

Did someone say hot girl summer?

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For many of us, summer break has officially begun. If you’re still in school, my deepest condolences.

Since this semester simultaneously flew by and also crept along, we couldn’t be more excited to have a normal(ish) summer, thanks to more people getting vaccinated.

Internships are back on track, trips are being planned, and it’s time to start washing our hair again. It’s been a minute since that was a regular activity.

Speaking of hair, when it gets hot the last thing you want to do is use a curling iron beside your face for 30 minutes just so the humidity can undo all your hard work. Doing your hair during the summer can be challenging.

So, what are the best, easiest hairstyles for summer? Let’s turn to the celebrities for inspiration, since they’ve been serving the warm weather looks for a few weeks now. Each of these styles has been tested by me, so you know that you’ll have no problem creating them for yourself!

Let’s get to it. Here are the best hairstyles for summer 2021.

High Braided Pig Tails

You’ll need a few hairstyles to beat the summer heat for your warm weather adventures. This one is so cute and so easy to make.

  1. Split your hair in two down the middle.
  2. Tie your hair into two high ponytails, one on each side of your head.
  3. Do a normal braid on both, and there you go!
    Bonus: feel free to get creative and use some fun hair ties.

You’ll be looking as adorable as Tiktok’s biggest star: Charli D’Amelio.

Space Buns

Want to keep all your hair out of the way and be free to have the best time ever? This hairstyle is for you! You can jump, dance, swim, and it will all stay in place if you follow these tips.

  1. Separate your hair in two down the middle
  2. On each side, make a high bun and tie your hair with a tie to keep it in place.

This style feels part Miley, part Instagram influencer, and we can’t get enough of it.

High Pigtails

Looking for a more mature take on pigtails? Avani’s got your back! This hairstyle is perfect for a night out with your friends or just hanging at the beach. It’s sleek and summer proof.

  1. Separate your hair in two parts down the middle.
  2. Make two high ponytails behind your ears. They should be around an inch and a half apart from each other.
  3. Add a bit of oil to keep those baby hairs in place and your pigtails sleek.

Now go enjoy your summer with pretty and hydrated hair.

Front Sections Tied Back

If you’re looking keep strands out of your face but would still like to wear your hair down, Hailey Bieber has the perfect style for you.

Use this one when you’re hanging out by the pool or going to the beach. Your hair will still look put-together, but also show off your beachy waves.

  1. Separate the front part from the back behind your ears.
  2. Split the front part in two.
  3. Take small chunks of hair from the front and use small hair ties to make baby ponytails.

Poufy Pulled Back

Want to keep your hair down when you go out at night but don’t want it falling all over your face? Madelyn Cline’s latest look for the MTV Awards is a great option.

This style feels very schoolgirl, but elevated.

  1. Grab the front sections of your hair (about the same point as the middle of your eyes).
  2. Pull them back, ensuring that you can still see the middle part.
  3. Before you clip your hair in the back, slide your hand a bit forward, towards your face, to give it that poufy effect.

I can’t wait to see her rocking this hairstyle again in the second season of Outer Banks!

Wrap Around Ponytail

Ponytails can seem kind of boring. It’s what we wear to the gym, when we’re running errands, or when it’s been 90 days since we last washed our hair. But ponytails can look sleek and fashion-forward.

  1. Bring your hair up into a high ponytail.
  2. Remove a sizeable chunk from the base of your neck.
  3. Tie your high ponytail up.
  4. Take the separated piece and wrap it around your high pony, then secure it with a bobby pin.

It’s easier than it looks to get a celebrity hair style! You’ll never do ponytails the same way again.

Framed Ponytail

If you want to keep your ponytail but don’t like the sleek look, give this a shot. If you identify as black, you can take Jourdan Dunn’s amazing hair inspo and also start off with braids and go from there.

  1. Separate two chunks from the top of your hair at the middle part or two braids.
  2. Tie the rest of your hair up into a ponytail.

Make it even cuter with a scarf scrunchie to compliment the ponytail.

Low Fishtail Pig Tails 

What do you get when you cross a fish with a pig? Phish tails! I know, I know, I should stick to fashion.

Madison Bailey makes a compelling case for this trend. Not only is it simple to copy, but it’s beyond adorable.

  1. Separate your hair in two parts down the middle.
  2. Remove a few strands of hair that frame your face.
  3. Tie two parts into low pigtails right behind your ears so that the pigtails are on your shoulder.
  4. Fishtail braid each of the pig tails and tie them at end. If you’re not sure how to do a fishtail braid:
    1. Divide your pigtail into two sections: A and B.
    2. Take a small piece of hair from section A and pass it in front of Section A and join it to the back of Section B.
    3. Do the opposite for section B until you reach the bottom.

There are a bunch of YouTube tutorials if you’re struggling with it.

Balloon Front Pigtails

I am obsessed with this hairstyle and each of my friends who has tried it looks fantastic.

It’s playful and fun, while still being mature. If you’re looking to go on a date or and adventure with your friends, this is the hairstyle for you.

  1. Separate sizable chunks on both sides at the front of your hair.
  2. Starting from the top, use small elastic bands to tie at one inch intervals.
  3. Pull a bit at the hair after each tie to give it the poufy effect.

Bonus points: it’s Gigi Hadid approved!

Half Pulled Back

Lana Condor is always serving the best looks, and her hair is no exception. Searching for a romantic vibe this summer? Well, look no further.

This hairstyle is perfect for anyone who wants to feel a little less warm, but doesn’t like having their hair totally pulled back. 

  1. Pull back all your hair above your ear.
  2. Separate two chunks of hair from the top of your hair at the middle part.
  3. Tie or clip the rest of your pulled hair back.

If you can’t tell, I’m not good at naming hairstyles. But I am reasonably good at styling them… mostly because these are all simple!

So instead of wasting your time getting ready, go enjoy your summer and make up for lost time with these easy hairstyles.

What is your favorite summer hairstyle?

What hair style are you most excited to try out? And what’s the occasion? Let us know!

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