Summer time means warm lazy days spent with family, with maybe a beach or camping trip added in for good measure. While you’re chasing your kids and making memories the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. Luckily we’ve got you covered with some easy summer hairstyles that are cute and functional.

Pineapple Updo

A fun, but easy hairstyle to keep your curly or natural hair up and out of the way is with a Pineapple Updo like the one shown in this easy to follow YouTube tutorial by SimplyBiancaAlexa. All you need is a little moisturizer and a scrunchie, and you’ll have a perfect updo in minutes.

Top Knot

If the summer sun has you overheating, sweep your hair up into a top knot that’s easy and playful. Keep it sleek and pinned for a cleaner look or just let the ends hang loose for a little more messy fun.

Messy French Braid

This is a great look for short hair when you want to sweep it back, but still keep some volume. Work your hair into a loose French braid and tie it off with a short ponytail.

High Pony

Your kiddos aren’t the only ones who can rock a ponytail. Sweep yours up high for a more dramatic, grown-up look that still keeps the hair out of your face while you're racing around the splash pad.

Bandana Roll

Roll up that classic bandana you still have from summer camp and wrap it around your forehead Karate-Kid-style, then loosely weave some hair around the band for a messy half-up style.

Braided Braids

Tame lengthy braids by braiding them again into loose double braids that will keep your hair out of the way.

Crown Braid

Braid your hair into a crown for a stylish look that keeps your hair off your shoulders and lasts all day. You can keep it simple by using a twisted braid. Start at the top of your hairline and slowly twist two sections together, gathering more hair into the braid as you work your way to the opposite side and secure the ends with a bobby pin. Or check out this easy-to-follow video tutorial.

Messy Bun

You can never go wrong with a basic messy bun to give you the clean, practical look of an updo without being too formal. Pull your hair into a loose ponytail, either high or low will work. Twist the hair, and wrap it around the base of the ponytail, continuing to wrap below the bun. Secure your hair with an elastic tie and bobby pins. You can pull out a few strands from the bun or around your face to make it a little messier.

Headband

Headbands don’t have to be relegated to bad hair days and gym visits. Elevate a basic top knot or ponytail by wrapping a floral print scarf into an accent piece.

photo: SoCal Curls

Beachy Waves

Get gorgeous beach waves for that date night or moms night out, without more than a few minutes of effort with the genius hair tie by SoCal Curls. It gives you the look in half an hour, and you can even chase the kids while your hair is setting. We tested it out on ourselves, and after setting the hair tie in and then enjoying a few minutes of playtime, we were left with happy kids and perfect curls. A mom win-win. You can buy the SoCal Curls in several adorable colors here.

Panda Buns

Skip the boring single mom bun and get a little more creative with two. Panda buns are as easy as regular buns, with a much more stylish result. Split your hair into two parts and put each side up into a high, messy bun.

Sun Hat, Don’t Care

On those no-time-to-style (or wash) days make the most of your functional summer wear with an adorable sun hat. Just throw it on and go.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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