12 of the Hottest Summer Hairstyles

Styling Tips

A new season is coming our way and, with it, a raft of trends that hairstylists and clients will love. Enter the hottest summer hairstyles of 2019, perfect for beach days, vay-cays and weekend festival stays. The next few months may mean more humidity, more drying aircon and perhaps more frizz, but these easy summer hairstyles and hair colors will keep every strand in place, whether you’re dealing with long or short locks. Happy styling...

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The Wavy Bob

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Give a bob haircut a little oomph by turning it into a wob (wavy bob). On hair with natural movement, all it takes is a dose of a texturizing spray and a curling iron. Our picks? EIMI Ocean Spritz salt spray misted and scrunched through damp mid-lengths to ends, followed by the Pro-Curl Conical tong teased through random, air-dried sections of hair. Add more salt spray as needed.

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The Half-Up Pony

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One of the simplest summer hairstyles of all is a half-up ponytail, pulled up high and tight before tumbling into loose, glossy waves, à la Eric’s cool creation. Smoothness is key here, so put in the prep work by massaging EIMI Flowing Form through damp locks, before blowdrying and tonging. This silky styling lotion is the best-kept beauty secret for eking out frizz and making hair more manageable.

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The Braided Bunches

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Beachy texture and balayage are a mid-summer hair dream come true. Add in some braiding, and you’ve got a hairstyle that’ll stack up plenty of likes on Instagram. Braided bunches are best achieved on second- or -third-day hair that has a little bit of texture, but if you’re working with freshly-washed strands, cheat a ‘grippy’ effect by misting hair from root to tip with EIMI Dry Me dry shampoo.

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The Bold Bow

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Imagine Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf at the beach, and you’ve got this half-up, ribboned ‘do, with the preppy, nautical bow adding instant elegance to tousled waves. If you’re a hairstylist, show this look to clients who want a wedding hairstyle that’ll make them the best-dressed guest. It’s easy, low-maintenance and, above all, so very chic.

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The Space Buns

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Space buns are the ultimate in easy festival hairstyles because a) they keep hair away from your face, and b) they look epic in selfies, especially paired with glitter roots. If you’re coifing the trend for yourself or a client, pull locks up into two bunches first, twist them into buns, then mist with EIMI Mistify Me Strong hairspray for headbanging-proof hold. See? Simple.

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The Boho Band

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Want to know what you should do with your hair at the beach? While a topknot is an easy, swim-proof choice for a beach hairstyle, a headband is perfect if you want to work a boho-glam look from the comfort of your sunlounger. Place it over the top of short, medium or long, mermaid-like locks, or use it to smooth hair away from your face – no hairspray or styling gel needed.

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The Slicked-Back Style

Another one of our favorite beach hairstyles, this slicked-back, wet-look ‘do can be perfected before or after you’ve taken a dip in the ocean. Simply work EIMI Pearl Styler hair gel from the roots down to the mid-lengths, tease back with fingertips, and don’t worry about getting hair wet – it’s all part of the effect.

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The DNA Braid

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This isn’t just any braided hairstyle; a DNA braid is a work of art that was practically made for festival goers (or anyone who loves a statement style). For this look, you must first split hair into three sections, with the middle section being the smallest. Then, take a few strands from the outside of the left section and cross it over, before looping it underneath the middle section and adding it to the inside of the right. Repeat these steps on the right side and keep alternating sides until you reach the end of the braid. The hair will naturally twist as you go, resulting in this cool double helix effect.

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The Defined Curls

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Whatever curl type you’re working with – whether 3A, 3B or 3C – you’ll know all about the frizz-causing powers of heat, aircon and humidity. That’s why EIMI Nutricurls Fresh Up Anti-Frizz Curl Spray is the ultimate solution for summer, giving instant definition when spritzed through damp or dry locks. A gentle shampoo can also keep summer curls looking fresh and flawless. Try Nutricurls Micellar Shampoo for Curls, which removes impurities while smoothing frizziness.

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The Statement Slides

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You’ve seen them all over Instagram; statement slides clipping hair back on one side, teamed with deep side partings, model off-duty waves and effortless makeup looks. Some have slogans like ‘LOVE’ or ‘GLAM’ spelled out in diamantes, while a scattering of simple Kirby grips (as above) offers an equally head-turning effect. Whatever look you go for, make sure you spritz the accessory of choice with EIMI Mistify Me Light hairspray, as it’ll give your slides grip so they stay put for longer.

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The Mermaid-Length Mane

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It’s swimming-in-the-sea season, which means mermaid-length manes are out in force, and for that flawless Ariel-inspired hair flip, getting ultra-long locks in good condition is a must. While hydrating masks are great for in between salon appointments, dry ends can also benefit from a 20-minute professional Recover treatment. In the space of a lunch break, hair is treated to a cocktail of the INVIGO Nutri-Enrich Nutri Booster and the Fusion Amino Refiller, for intense, transformative repair.

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The Seventies Waves

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There was a definite seventies throwback on the SS19 catwalks, with everything from tie dye prints to cool crochet garments giving us hippie chic vibes. In the hair world, this translated into loose waves that boast a glossy, polished edge, made possible with the Pro-Curl tong and a misting of EIMI Glam Mist shine spray. To create the look, start curling hair 3-4 inches down from the root, lightly tease with a paddle brush to loosen, then add the dazzle. It’s that easy.

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Because hair often goes naturally lighter in the sun, why not give it a boost with balayage? This freehand technique sees a lightener, like Blondor Freelights, painted in ribbons through random sections of hair, creating a sun-kissed effect that’s utterly addictive. Plus, this trend can be applied to any base color, whether blonde, brunette or red. You can even experiment with shades of blue, green or purple if you’re feeling bold.

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Hair Gloss

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If locks have turned brassy or color has faded from too much time spent in the sun, consider a hair gloss treatment, like our tone-reviving Pure Glossing service. It’s a quick, easy way of making strands look fresh and ultra-shiny, whether it’s carried out in between color appointments or on freshly-colored hair.

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Peach Hair

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Rose gold lovers are bound to fall for this season’s peach hair trend. Not quite pink, not quite orange, it’s a juicy hue that suits all skin tones and makes locks look shinier. Color Fresh CREATE offers an easy-to-custom-blend formula; for the hue above, try a blend of 20g Hyper Coral + 10g Nu-Dist Pink and 60g Tomorrow Clear, left to develop for 20 minutes. If you want to keep those strands looking peachy all summer long, make sure you wear a hat in the sun, and spritz with INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray.

Looking for more summer hair ideas? Discover our round-up of the most popular blonde hair shades, explore the @WellaHair Instagram or head to the Wella Hair Pinterest feed.