How to style your hair to keep cool in the heat

Get hair up and away from your face (Picture: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

With the hot weather not yet over, searches for hairstyles that work in the heat are on the rise.

From freshly cropped bobs to hip grazing lengths, there’s going to be a way to style your hair so it looks and feels good in the heat. 

Cliphair’s stylist Lynn Chambers and trend writer Brenda Lee Intignano share with their top style recommendations.

It’s also always an option to use accessories like claw clips and ties to enhance and pull back hair, taking strands off the face.

Every hair length has a style that works.

Short hair length 

Heartthrob bob 

Zazie Beetz showing the look works on curly hair too (Picture: Getty)

90s nostalgia is influential with so many current hair and beauty trends harking back to this era.

Lynn says: ‘Put simply, the heartthrob bob or boyband bob is a style that’s shorter than a bob, with longer front pieces that just about caress your cheekbones.

‘As a summer style, you can’t get much cooler (figuratively and literally) than this.

‘As hair is nape length, you won’t experience that dreaded sweaty neck feeling.

‘When extra cooling is needed, you can play around with butterfly clips and other accessories of the sort to secure the longer front pieces away from your face.’

The mini bubble ponytail 

Yara Shahidi rocking the look (Picture: Getty)

It can be difficult to style hair that’s chin length or longer, but there are a few styles that can easily be done. 

Lynn says: ‘Achieving this style is simple.

‘First, take the section of hair that’s just above the top of your ears and tie it into a ponytail using a hair band or a smaller scrunchie.

‘Next, take the section of hair underneath the top ponytail and in between your ears and tie it into another ponytail, including the first ponytail.

‘Secure with either a scrunchie or a hair band. Finally, with the remaining hair at the bottom, tie this into a ponytail, including the other sections.’

The low loop 

Lynn says: ‘Having enough length to tie into a bun can be difficult with shorter hair, so consider the trendy low loop instead.

‘Simply pull your hair behind your head and tuck your hair into a loop.

‘This creates the illusion of having longer and thicker hair yet is light enough to keep you cool in hotter weather.’

Medium hair length 

Baby braids

As seen on Dua Lipa, Hailey Bieber and Margot Robbie, baby braids are one of the biggest hair trends for this summer.

Lynn says: ‘Not only are they simple to do yourself and look great, but they help keep you feel cooler in the summer, as hair is made to feel lighter.  

‘Creating baby braids is simple – to begin, take a very small section of hair on either side of your face, and simply braid downwards, following the direction your hair wants to fall.

‘Ensure you are delicate with your braiding, as you don’t want to tug and tighten the braid too firmly.’

A sleek high ponytail  

Slick it back (Picture: Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Pull your hair tightly back to emphasise the ponytail.

Lynn says: ‘For maximum impact, consider adding extra length to your ponytail with a clip-in ponytail extension.

‘Adding length and volume gives hair extra movement, which means your ponytail won’t sit in one spot while you’re sitting outside, meaning you will stay cooler.’

Wet look hair 

As seen on the red carpet on Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, the style is simple yet elegant.

Lynn says: ‘The wet look is also perfect for hot days as you don’t need to worry about having greasy appearing roots or unkempt hair, as that’s literally the style.

‘To achieve the look, you will need to use products but it’s important to find ones that look wetter than they actually feel.

‘Ideally, look for high-shine serums and gels. To achieve the style, firstly wash and lightly dry hair, then brush the product through the hair.

‘When brushing, start from the hairline and pull the brush or comb back over the scalp, to create the slicked back look.’

Long hair 

French braids 

Amanda Seyfried with plaits (Picture: Getty)

French braids are great for the summer, as they can hide greasy and sweaty roots and help prevent frizz in the humid weather.

Lynn says: ‘Although they can seem intimidating, they are easy to master and won’t need to be restyled throughout the day.

‘In fact, the messier the French plaits, the more stylish and effortless it will look.  

‘To start, use a comb and part your hair in the middle. Gather three proportionate sections of hair at the top and stretch downward, so all sections are as close to the head as possible.

‘To begin braiding, take the left section of your hair and cross it over the middle section. Then, take the right section of hair and cross it over the middle.

‘Follow this pattern, while gradually adding more hair to each section, until you reach the end. Secure with an elastic band and repeat on the other side.’  

Loaded top knot 

Sometimes nothing beats piling your hair on top of your head to keep cool.

Lynn says: ‘While this may not seem like the most elegant way to keep hair from your face, this can be styled in a way that’s summer chic and elegant.

‘Gather hair into a ponytail, right at the top of your head.

‘Then, loop the ponytail around the hairband to create the bun and secure it with another headband. For added style points, secure with a scrunchie.

‘Pull a few hairs out from around the face and the bun itself to avoid it looking too polished.’

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