Sizzling Summer Hair: Easy DIY Styles for Every Occasion

Welcome to summer—a season synonymous with sun-kissed days and carefree vibes, but also a time when keeping your hair manageable and stylish can be challenging. 

Whether you’re battling humidity or just trying to keep your locks away from your face in the heat, the right hairstyle can make all the difference. 

We understand the allure of easy yet trendy summer hairstyles. In this blog, we’ll dive into some DIY styles that are perfect for any summer occasion. From keeping your braids tight to mastering the casual yet chic summer bun, follow along for step-by-step guides and expert tips directly from Meraki’s stylists.

The Appeal of Braids for Summer

Braids are a timeless way to style hair and are incredibly practical for hot summer months. They contain hair, minimize frizz, and maintain your look from morning to evening. 

To help you achieve the perfect braid this season, Meraki has put together a reel to keep your braid tight, ensuring your style holds no matter the summer activity. 

Step-by-Step Guide to a Classic Braid:

  1. Start with dry, detangled hair. For the best results, ensure your hair is smooth and free of knots.
  2. Choose your braid style. Decide whether you want a traditional three-strand braid, a chic French braid, or a playful side braid.
  3. Begin braiding. Divide your hair into three even sections. Cross the right section over the middle, then the left section over the middle, and continue the pattern, pulling each section tight as you go.
  4. Secure the braid. Once you reach the end of your hair, secure the braid with a hair tie. For extra hold, apply a small amount of hairspray or styling gel to any flyaways.

Variations to Try:

  • Dutch Braids: These are similar to French braids but give a more pronounced, 3D appearance as they pop out from the head.
  • Fishtail Braids: For a more intricate look, divide your hair into two sections instead of three and alternate small pieces from each side.
  • Waterfall Braids: Perfect for romantic summer evenings, these involve draping pieces of hair through the braid like a waterfall.

It takes practice. Maybe you can grab a friend and help each other. By incorporating these braiding techniques, you can enjoy a variety of stylish looks that are both functional and fashionable for the summer.

Stay tuned, we’ll explore how to put your hair up in the perfect summer bun!

The Perfect Summer Bun

Why Are Buns a Summertime Favorite?

 The bun is a quintessential summer hairstyle for good reason. It lifts the hair off the neck, an instant relief on hot days, and keeps you feeling cool while maintaining a polished appearance. 

Perfect for outdoor activities, buns ensure your hair stays neatly in place, preventing tangles and minimizing sweat-induced frizz.

Introduction to Meraki’s Summer Bun Tutorial Reel 

To help you master the art of the perfect summer bun, Meraki has created an easy-to-follow tutorial reel. This guide will take you through the steps to achieve a stylish and secure bun that lasts all day.

Detailed Instructions for Creating a Basic Summer Bun

  1. Start with brushed, tangle-free hair: For a smooth bun, brush your hair to remove any knots.
  2. Pull hair into a ponytail: Secure your hair at your desired height. Higher ponytails lead to high buns, which are great for a lively look, while lower ponytails offer a more elegant style.
  3. Twist and wrap: Twist the ponytail tightly and wrap it around the base. Tuck the ends under the bun or secure them with bobby pins.
  4. Secure the bun: Use hair pins or a second hair tie to secure the bun in place. Apply a light hairspray to tame flyaways and add hold.

Creative Twists: Messy Bun, Top Knot, and Braided Bun Variations

  • Messy Bun: For a more relaxed look, loosely gather your hair into a ponytail and twist it partially before looping the hair tie around the entire bun.
  • Top Knot: Ideal for those with longer hair, pull your hair into a high ponytail, twist it tightly, and wrap it around the base, securing it high on the head.
  • Braided Bun: Start with a regular or French braid, then twist the braid into a bun for added texture and interest.

Additional Easy Summer Hairstyles

Beach Waves

  • Achieving Effortless Beach Waves: Use a salt spray on damp hair, scrunch gently, and let air dry. For minimal heat, twist hair into loose buns until dry, then release.
  • Product Recommendations: Opt for light mousse or salt sprays that provide hold without stiffness, enhancing your waves’ natural texture.

High Ponytail

  • Steps for a Sleek or Voluminous High Ponytail: Brush hair back into a high ponytail and secure firmly. For more volume, tease the base of the ponytail or use a volumizing spray.
  • Accessorizing Tips: For a playful summer vibe, add a fun touch with colorful scrunchies or tie a scarf around the base of the ponytail.

Half-Up, Half-Down Styles

  • Simple Techniques for Styling: Take the top section of your hair and pull it back into a clip or tie, adjusting the amount of hair for desired fullness.
  • Accessorizing with Clips and Barrettes: Use decorative clips or barrettes to secure the style and add a chic touch to your half-up, half-down look.

Wear a hat

  • Find your perfect fit: You want a hat that won’t fly off in the wind. So many great hats are available, from baseball caps to big floppy straw hats. Consider your activity and find the perfect hat.
  • Protect your scalp and hair: Hats offer sun and wind protection for your hair, scalp, and face.

These versatile and easy summer hairstyles, highlighted with Meraki’s professional tips and tutorials, will keep you looking and feeling cool all season long. Whether you’re beach-bound or simply enjoying summer days, these styles are perfect for adding a touch of effortless chic to your everyday look.

Enjoy this reel on creating the Braid Wrapped Ponytail

Caring for Your Summer Hair

The Importance of Protecting Hair from Summer Elements 

Summer brings fun in the sun, but the elements—sun, salt, and chlorine—can take a toll on your hair. Exposure to UV rays can weaken hair strands, while salt water and chlorine can strip away moisture, leaving hair dry and brittle. It’s crucial to protect your hair to maintain its health and vitality.

Recommendations for Hydrating Products and Treatments Available at Meraki 

To combat summer’s harsh effects, Meraki offers a range of hydrating products and treatments designed to replenish and nourish your hair. Consider our deep conditioning treatments or leave-in conditioners that lock in moisture and protect from UV damage. 

Our salon experts can recommend products tailored to your hair type and lifestyle needs.

Tips on Routine Adjustments to Maintain Hair Health Throughout the Season

  • Wash Less Often: Overwashing can strip your hair of natural oils. Opt for rinsing with water and apply conditioner on days you don’t shampoo.
  • Use a Clarifying Shampoo: After swimming, use a clarifying shampoo to remove chlorine or salt buildup.
  • Cover Up: Wear hats or use hair products with SPF protection to shield your hair from harmful UV rays.
  • Stay Trimmed: Regular trims help prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy.

We’ve explored a variety of easy, stylish summer hairstyles—from tight braids to casual buns and playful ponytails. Each style is designed not only to look great but also to withstand summer’s heat and activities.

Enjoy this tip on dealing with those pesky flyaways.

For personalized advice and to discover more about protecting and styling your hair this summer, visit us. Our team of experts is here to provide you with professional services that cater to your hair’s specific needs.