6 Ridiculously Cute Summer Hairstyles (Step-By-Step Tutorials Included)

Summer is a unique time of year.  The days are super long, it’s sunny and the evening is the perfect time to party.

You can pretty much wear whatever you want and if you’re lucky, your days are full of beaches and barbecues.

But the question remains: with all these good vibes and fashion freedom, how ever will you choose the perfect hairstyle for your big events?  Or even for basic day-to-day activities?

Don’t worry… I gotchu covered with a little hair inspo.  

Here are 6 ultra-trendy cute summer hairstyles for your viewing pleasure.  Let me know what you think…

Rock your summer with 15 incredibly cute summer hairstyles and easy-to-follow hair tutorials! #14 on this list is a total game-changer...

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1. Mermaid Updo

Mermaidian updos are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @xomerlissa

XoMerlissa is my favorite mermadian influencer, so this hairstyle idea comes from her. There are several different “mermaid updo” ideas to choose from, but I think the double crown braids are a perfect fit!

SweetHearts Hair has an awesome tutorial that shows you how to create the same look.

Combination Crown Braid By SweetHearts Hair

2. Boxer Braids

Boxer braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @lartistehair

On Hair With Erin

Boxer Braids by Erin Balogh

3. Bubble Ponytail

Bubble ponytails are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @sarajoneshairmua

The bubbled-out ponytail is one of my favorite mohawk hairstyles for women, and a perfect hairstyle for summer!

Alex Gaboury

HOW TO: Easy Bubble Ponytail | MEDIUM, LONG HAIR

4. A Simple Waterfall Braid

Simple waterfall braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @chiaramonteleone_

Beauty Tips by Karla

TRENZA DE CASCADA – Waterfall Braid

5. The Perfect Messy Bun

Messy buns are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @paulincyk

Summer is ultimately about being lazy. You should do everything you can to enjoy life and not worry about the little things. That’s what makes the messy bun a perfect fit for summer. Look ultra-cute while focusing your time on having fun.

💡TIP: Use a sock bun for extra bunnage!

Kathryn Ann


6. A Twisted Half-Updo

Twisted half-updos are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @krystlewaiviohair


Half Up Half Down Hairstyle for Short, Medium, or Long Hair

7. Side Fishtail Braid

Side fishtail braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @annnikkiii

Shonagh Scott

Dutch Fishtail Braid / Plait Tutorial | Shonagh Scott | ShowMe MakeUp

8. Side-Wrapped Ponytail

Wrapped-up side ponytails are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @n.starck


Hair Wrapped Ponytail (No Bobby Pins) Hairstyle Hair Tutorial

9. Pinned To Perfection

Pearl hair clips on the hairline are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @septembribus

McKenna Mitchell

5 Ways To Wear Pearl Hair Clips

10. Boho-Chic Updo

Boho-inspired updos are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @laurenirwinhmua

Jess Gonzalez

How to: Romantic Messy updo Tutorial

11. Chunky Pull-Through Braid

Chunky pull-through braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @isijatytot


Pull Through Braid Tutorial

12. Voluptuous High Ponytail

Voluptuous high-ponytails are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @justblowdrys

Rachel Vitullo


13. Timeless Beach Waves

Timeless beach waves are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @amberfillerup
Timeless beach waves are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @val.saltstrands

What would an article about summer hairstyles be without beach waves? I mean…. this style is the epitome of summer, right?

This timeless look can easily be created by loosely curling your hair with a curling wand. Lightly spritz with some dry texturizing spray and tousle with your fingers

Brad Mondo (one of my absolute favorite hair gurus on YouTube) has a fabulous tutorial that teaches you multiple ways to create different beach wavy looks.


14. Blinged-Out Festival Braids

With huge events like Burning Man and Coachella picking up traction, party-worthy hairstyles are becoming more and more creative and fun.

Blinged-out festival braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @getbraidified

It’s a common trend to see girls cornrowing their hair, or putting them in boxer-braids at these events (I mean… do you want to deal with hair in your face on the playa?) But to be festival-ready, you need to take it a bit further than just that.

Blinged-out festival braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @haileekayhair

A fun and easy way to spruce up your braids is to feed in fake hair of all different colors. It will make your braids look so much thicker and longer, and it’s really not that hard to do. If you can French braid, you can probably do this look by yourself.

Here is a fabulous tutorial by Lana Summer that shows you how simple it is.


If French braiding isn’t your jam, here’s a crazy easy way to do the same thing with a pull-through braid. This tutorial by LOZNITSA is in Russian, but it still gets the point across.

🔺3D КОСА с Канекалоном🔺 Две Пышные Косы 🔺Прическа на Последний Звонок🔺 The 3D Pull Through Braid 🔺

To take things a bit further, sprinkle glitter all around your hairline, mix-match different braids and put clips, jewels or flowers throughout the braids.

I think this is a perfect summer hairstyle as it keeps your hair out of your face, and also makes you look majestic AF.

15. Infinity Braids

Infinity braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @alexandralee1016
Infinity braids are the perfect summer hairstyle!
📷Credit: @alexandralee1016

Since the dawn of Pinterest, braids have been slowly evolving into complex Daenerys Targaryen-type styles. With that, comes creative new ways to weave the hair together to produce different looks.

One of the more popular types of braids this summer is the infinity braid (named because of its resemblance to the infinity symbol).

Don’t be deceived by its super intimidating look… it’s actually quite easy to do. Here is a super helpful tutorial by Another Braid.

How To: Diamond shape Infinity Braid By Another Braid

The difference between the diamond shape and normal braid has to do with how much hair you bring in to the braid. HAU2 has a nice tutorial that shows you how to do a normal-proportioned braid.

Easy F8 infinity braid

How’s that for an incredibly cute summer hairstyle?

Final Thoughts

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Summer is a seriously fun time of year, but it won’t last forever, so enjoy it while you can.

Embrace the season by adding a little spice to your hair. Follow these simple summer hairstyle tutorials, and I promise you can’t go wrong.

Until next time,

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YOUR TURN: Are there any other cute summer hairstyles that you love? Do you have a tutorial you want to share? Drop them in the comments below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼


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