Cool Hairstyles Guide: Stylist Hacks for Summer Hair

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Your hair is driving you bonkers.  You’re hot.  You’re busy.  All you’re asking for are a couple quick and easy looks that are adorable enough to wear in public but age appropriate for us ladies. Yes, please.

Cool Hairstyles

Trust me like you have with other beauty hacks – You can do these – even if you think you are “hair styling challenged!”  Of course everyone’s hair is different, so choose the hair hacks that suit you and your hair the best.


1.  Naturally Curly 

I know, I know, if you have curls, you don’t feel as if your (sometimes) frizzy hair is a blessing, but I want you to see your hair as I do – beautiful and an asset to carefree hairstyles this summer.

No matter the length of your hair, if your curly locks have a good, long-layered haircut and the right hair products, you can scrunch a cute look together in seconds.  Let’s talk about those essential products that make all of the difference for curly, cool hairstyles for the summer, shall we?

Cute Hairstyles Curly

  • Shampoo and Conditioner – It sure does help to use shampoo and conditioner that is specially made with extra moisture for curly hair, like this one, that set, or the other set.  Firm but smooth, shiny curls happen when the hair is moisturized well.
  • Hair Oil – If you use only high-quality hair oil and apply it correctly, it will wrap around each curl to make it shiny and not frizzy or oily.  My favorite is BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Serum.  Apply it to the bottom half of your hair strands as soon as you remove the towel from your freshly shampooed hair or when dry but frizzy.
  • Styling Product – Your hair is going to be fly away and subject to chance unless you apply at least a small amount of curling cream that will give it some direction.  A small amount of my favorite styling cream, Sexy Hair Curly Sexy Curl Cream, will give each curl definition so that it looks like separate curls – not a random frizz ball.


  • Curling Spray – This can make your curly hair life so much easier.  You’ll use this to refresh your curls late in the day or the day after you shampoo.  After sleeping on curly hair, some of the hairs are flat, some are straight, some are wild.  If you use a curling spray, it pops the curl back in and reactivates your curl cream.  Scrunch your hair a tiny bit after spraying the curling spray in and let it air dry.

Here’s a hair “recipe” for the best curls, and it’s printable.

Cute Hairstyles: Stylist Hacks for Summer HairDos
  • Curly Hair Shampoo
  • Curly Hair Conditioner
  • Wide-Tooth Comb or Pick
  • BioSilk Serum
  1. After shampooing and rinsing, apply conditioner to ends. Gently detangle hair while conditioner remains in the hair. Rinse. Squeeze excess water out of hair and then gently wrap a towel around hair while your head is flipped over. Do not rough up hair with a towel!
  2. Remove towel and while hair is flipped over, apply a few dots of BioSilk serum to the ends. By the time you are dried off and dressed, quickly apply curling cream from roots to ends of your hair. DO NOT COMB THROUGH. Let air dry.
  3. When hair is dry, fluff gently and GO!

For “cool hairstyles,” with curly hair, fluff those curls a bit and then pull the top and side sections back and secure with a bobby pins, a hair band, or a special barrette that I describe in detail below.

2.  Pretty Ponytail

Creating “cool” hairstyles with medium or long hair is essential during the summer, amen?  Most of us revert to a ponytail which is fine, but how do you create a pretty ponytail quickly that doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed and pulled it back?  It’s all in the accessories and hair products.  Oh, and it’s alright if your ponytail isn’t perfect, it’s summer.

Before talking about essential products and accessories, let me say that it’s great to buy Scrunci brand accessories for your modern, pretty ponytail, but please, for the love, do not buy a scrunchie itself.  Just say, “No!” (For fun, here’s a flashback with my scrunchie – let’s leave them in that decade, k? K!)

Let’s talk about those essential products that I would prescribe for the prettiest, cool ponytails for the summer, want to?

Cute Hairstyles


Dry Shampoo – It’s the best weapon if you have thin, flat hair, want more volume, or don’t shampoo every day.  Lift one section at a time of your hair along only the top layer.  Give it a little tease underneath and then spritz with a little dry shampoo in this spot.  Allow sections to dry for a few seconds before smoothing gently with a comb on the top layer and pulling back in a ponytail elastic.  This provides lift and soft fragrance, especially when its lifeless or a little greasy.  Currently my favorite is Batiste Dry Shampoo – Original Fragrance.

Fast-Drying Aerosol Hairspray – After following the directions to a great ponytail above, use an exceptional hairspray that will hold through humility and heat, but then be “comb-able” when you take your hair down.  My favorite firm but flexible hairspray of all time is TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hair Spray.

The Perfect Barrette –  One of my favorite cool hairstyles is one with a ponytail held with a pretty barrette – it looks nicer than just a hair band and it barrettes will lift your hair a little higher off your neck if you position it correctly.  However, all barrettes are not created equal.  You need one to fit all of your hair into that will also stay put no matter what activities you decide to do.  My favorite barrettes are Tubular because they can handle thick hair and they are tough for the long haul.


3.  Simple Braids

I know, braiding can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.  Instead of pulling your hair back into the same old ponytail, why not pull it to the side and give it what I call a “quick braid and fluff.”  Young girls start their braids up high, while we, ahem, more mature women should start ours low.  In the following video, I’m going to show you how to show you the simplest braid there is, just as slowly as I can.  I hope this helps give you one more option for cool hairstyles this summer.

How-to Braid

Whether your days include braids, curly dos, or ponytails, don’t stress about perfecting the beauty routine – switch it up for summer and do your best.  After all, you’ll never get this summer back so have a little fun, will ya?

What cool hairstyles are you rocking for summer?

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  1. June 20, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Very cute! My hair is longer so I’ll need ways to get it up off my neck, especially since the hot flashes are worse these days. Thanks.

    • Shan
      June 22, 2016 / 6:42 am

      I hear ya, JoJo. We can always use new ideas to keep cool!


  2. June 26, 2016 / 6:28 am

    These are all very cute. I really do need to try to find something besides my boring ponytail that is also functional. I cannot handle my hair in my face.
    Thanks so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash.

  3. June 30, 2016 / 11:38 am

    At this point in our 100 degree weather all I want to do is shave my head some days! I have REALLY thick hair and its only maintainable in a ponytail. I swear if I ever win the lotto I’m going to hire someone to do my hair every day. It’s a common thing for women to put on their wish lists, right?

    Thanks for the reminder about using products that work with your hair type. I’ve been trying to save money so I’m using a really basic shampoo and conditioner, but you’ve inspired me to try a “real” brand next time out!

    Thanks so much for posting this in the Thursday Share on facebook!

    • Shan
      July 2, 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thanks Patty for the sweet and funny comments. haha Glad this helped. I know they cost more but those pro products really do make a difference!


  4. June 30, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    I absolutely love these! So cute! They look relatively easy to do on your own, especially with your walk through! Thanks so much for the ideas and tips!

    • Shan
      July 2, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Thanks, Morgan. Your sweet words make it all worth it.


  5. September 15, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Very easy and lovely hair styles.I will try the braid.Please keep posting such easy hair styles which can be done at home and within short time.

  6. October 26, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I have long hair and i always do this hairstyle even if its not summer! great post of yours!

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