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Beat the Heat: Best Hairstyles for Hot Weather

Summer in Northern California is known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and, of course, its hot weather. As the temperatures rise, it's essential to choose hairstyles that not only look fabulous but also keep you cool. At Salon 955, we understand the importance of comfort and style, and our stylists are here to help you find the perfect summer hairstyle (or two).

1. The Classic Ponytail

The ponytail is a timeless hairstyle that is perfect for hot weather. It's simple, versatile, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a sleek look, apply a smoothing serum to tame any flyaways and secure your hair with an elastic band. If you prefer a more relaxed style, consider a high ponytail with loose waves. This look not only keeps your hair off your neck but also adds a touch of effortless glamour.

Tip: Use a silk or satin hair tie to prevent breakage and reduce friction. These materials are gentle on your hair and can help maintain its health and shine.

2. Braids Galore

Braids are another fantastic option for summer. They keep your hair neatly in place and offer endless styling possibilities. From simple three-strand braids to intricate fishtail or Dutch braids, there's a braid for every hair type and length.

One popular choice is the bohemian side braid, which adds a touch of romance to your look. To achieve this style, part your hair to one side and create a loose braid, allowing a few strands to frame your face. Secure with a clear elastic and gently pull the braid apart to create volume.

For a more structured look, consider reverse french braids. This style involves two tight braids starting at the crown of your head and extending down to the nape of your neck. Boxer braids are not only trendy but also practical for keeping your hair out of the way during outdoor activities.

3. The Messy Bun

The messy bun is the epitome of effortless summer style. This chic updo is perfect for days when you want to look put-together without spending a lot of time on your hair. To create a messy bun, gather your hair into a high ponytail, twist it around the base, and secure it with bobby pins. Allow a few strands to fall naturally for that tousled, carefree look.

For added texture and volume, use a texturizing spray before styling. We love Redken's Dry Texture Spray, which will give your hair a bit of grit and make it easier to work with. The messy bun is versatile enough for casual outings or more formal events, making it a go-to hairstyle for any summer occasion.

4. Beach Waves

Nothing says summer quite like beach waves. This hairstyle mimics the natural texture of hair after a day spent by the ocean and is perfect for achieving a relaxed, bohemian vibe. To create beach waves, start by applying Pureology's Beach Waves Sugar Spray to damp hair. Then, scrunch your hair with your hands and let it air dry. For more defined waves, use a curling wand to wrap sections of hair around the barrel, leaving the ends out for a more natural look.

Beach waves are ideal for medium to long hair and can be dressed up with accessories like hair clips or headbands. They're also a great option for second-day hair, as the texture will hold up well even after a night of sleep.

5. Short and Sweet

If you're ready for a more drastic change, consider a short haircut for the summer. Short styles like the pixie cut or the bob are not only trendy but also practical for staying cool in the heat. A pixie cut is a bold and edgy choice that requires minimal styling. Simply apply a lightweight styling cream or pomade to add definition and you're good to go.

A bob, on the other hand, offers more versatility. You can wear it sleek and straight, or add waves for a more relaxed look. The bob is a timeless haircut that flatters almost every face shape and can be easily customized to suit your personal style.

6. Accessories Make a Difference

Adding accessories to your summer hairstyles can elevate your look and keep you feeling fresh. Consider using headbands, scarves, or hair clips to add a pop of color and personality to your style. These accessories not only enhance your look but also help to keep your hair in place and off your face.

Headbands are particularly useful for absorbing sweat and preventing frizz, making them a practical choice for hot weather. Choose from a variety of styles, from thin and sleek to wide and bohemian, to match your outfit and mood.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Hair in the Summer

  1. Protect from Sun Damage: Just like your skin, your hair can suffer from sun damage. Use hair products that contain UV protection to shield your strands from harmful rays. Wearing a hat or scarf can also provide additional protection.

  2. Stay Hydrated: Keeping your hair hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to nourish your hair and prevent dryness. Drinking plenty of water is also essential for maintaining healthy hair and skin.

  3. Limit Heat Styling: Avoid excessive use of heat styling tools, as they can further dry out your hair. Embrace your natural texture or opt for heat-free styling methods like braiding or air-drying.

  4. Trim Regularly: Regular trims are important for keeping your hair healthy and preventing split ends. Aim to get a trim every 6-8 weeks to maintain your style and keep your hair looking its best.

  5. Use Lightweight Products: Heavy products can weigh down your hair and make it look greasy in the heat. Opt for lightweight, hydrating products that provide moisture without the added weight.

At Salon 955, we're dedicated to helping you look and feel your best, no matter the season. Whether you prefer a classic ponytail, trendy braids, or a chic bob, our stylists are here to create the perfect summer hairstyle for you. Visit us today to discover more heat-friendly styles and tips for maintaining healthy, beautiful hair all summer long.

Stay cool, stay stylish, and enjoy the summer with confidence!