With humidity levels at an all-time high and temperatures showing no signs of waning this month, the last thing we want to do is turn on our hot tools and surround ourselves with even more hot, steamy air. Not only is it super uncomfortable, causing our once perfectly set makeup to melt right off our face, but it’s also incredibly rough on our strands, resulting in dryness, damage, and breakage among other things. Thankfully, there are still plenty of options available to those who just simply can’t be bothered with heat styling in the dead of summer. To prove it, we rounded up ten heat-free hairstyles that we swear by at this time of year. Not only do they require minimal time and effort, but they’ll also keep you cool—a critical combination when it’s 90 degrees and approximately 1000% humidity outside. Best of all, they’re still totally polished, which is key for summer days, nights, and just about any time in between.
Ready to give your hot tools the boot? Scroll down for some of our favorite no-heat hairstyles to take you through the end of summer and beyond!
Dealing with second-day hair? Consider a tousled half-up-half-down style. All you have to do is loop your hair through a hair tie and pull the loop so it’s barely hanging on. You can also give it a little extra flair by tying your favorite printed scarf around the outside of the elastic and finishing with a few spritzes of texturizing spray.
For those with super curly or coily hair, chances are you’re already skipping the hot tools in favor of a healthier air-dry routine. In that case, consider switching up your go-to look by twisting back some face-framing pieces to help keep them out of your face as the temperatures rise.
When the humidity hits, nothing beats a sleek, twisted knot bun. Not only is it versatile and effortlessly chic but it’s also perhaps one of the easiest styles to recreate, regardless of your hair type or texture. To help keep it looking smooth and frizz-free throughout the day, try prepping your hair first with a few pumps of our customizable leave-in treatment, which will not only help fight off the elements but also hydrate and protect your hair from added damage.
Give your standard ponytail a little something extra by reimagining it into a classic school girl-inspired braid. We love that YouTube vlogger Emma Chamberlain elevated her look by clipping some old-school barrettes into the sides of her hair and allowing a few wispy pieces to fall around her face. It’s a look that says “I tried!” even though the effort is actually pretty minimal.
Pulling your hair into a textured chignon (like this one!) not only looks like you put in the effort when you probably just rolled out of bed, but it also helps to keep your hair from sticking to your face and neck, which is always a plus at the height of summer. For extra texture and volume, try working a volumizing mousse throughout the length of your hair before allowing it time to air-dry.
Ideal for keeping curls intact and avoiding hair-inducing neck sweat, the top knot is a certified winner for anyone with tight curls or natural texture. To help keep your strands looking sleek and smooth, try working a touch of lightweight hair oil through the length of your hair before pulling it up into a high knot.
Remember space buns?! The foolproof ‘90s throwback is enjoying a revival as of late, giving us yet another cool, heatless way to style our hair on sweltering summer days. Not only is it great for those times when it’s so hot not even the AC can cool you down, but it’s also pretty clutch for disguising oily, second- (or third, or fourth) day hair too.
Sometimes textured hair needs a little extra help staying in place, which is where this neat and artfully decorated bun comes into play. Feel free to add as many clips, pins, or barrettes as you like and finish it off with a smoothing serum or a touch of hair oil to give it that glossy, “what heat?” finish.
Braids are a godsend when the summer frizzies start to hit. Not only do they help lock your strands in place to avoid any unwanted poufing but they also set you up for some pretty fabulous second-day waves.
If you still want to show off the length of your luscious mermaid hair without feeling like it’s hanging all over you opt for a low textured ponytail. The style variations are endless and it can transition with you effortlessly from the office to after-hours drinks and beyond.