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30 Hot Summer Hairstyles On the Radar for 2016

Looking for some hot new summer hairstyles? These flirty and fun looks have something for every face shape and hair type. Summer is a great time to go for a big change, and even if you’re not ready for a major chop, try opting for a different texture or style.

#1 Sexy Swoop

This short, tapered hairstyle is cut right at the jawline for the perfect, face-framing look. Sides are smoothed back behind the ears while a long fringe is styled into a sultry ‘S’ shape.

Sexy Swoop

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How To Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized curling iron to shape the bangs. Tease at the root for extra lift.
  2. Flat iron the rest of your strands for a sleek finish.
  3. Tuck hair behind your ears and pull a few pieces out for framing.

Recommended Products:

Before you blow dry, pull a mousse through strands as a nice foundation. Try Alterna Caviar Volume Thick Full Volumizing Mousse.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces wear this look best, as well as ladies who have thin to medium amounts of wavy hair texture. Straighter hair types can pull off this look as well.

Tip:

Add a glitzy, Gatsby-esque headband to add more drama to this hairstyle.

#2 Textured Twist

Keep cool this summer with this fresh braided hairstyle. A modern bouffant and a textured braid work together to create one super unique look.

Summer Hairstyles

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How To Style:

  1. Section out a large triangular portion of hair starting at the top front of your hairline and clip it up to hold.
  2. Gather hair back into a tight ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  3. Curl the ends of the ponytail.
  4. Braid the ponytail, then use your fingers to gently pull and loosen up the braid. This will make it appear thicker and add texture to the braid.
  5. Secure your braid with an elastic band.
  6. Remove the clip for the top section of hair from Step 1 and tease the roots.
  7. Smooth the hair back and pin the ends of the section around and into the base of your ponytail.
  8. Rock it!

Recommended Products:

Use a light hairspray like Global Keratin Hair Taming System Light Hold Hairspray to finish off your look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types can rock this look.

Tip:

Pin your braided ponytail up into a bun for a more formal look.

#3 Playful Pixie

Keep it cool and chic with this smoldering pixie. Tons of texture and a wispy fringe make this look totally fun and flirty.

Playful Pixie

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How To Style:

  1. Do a rough blow dry and push hair forward with your fingers to create texture.
  2. Really lift the roots up to create volume as you dry your strands.
  3. Use a flat iron on your bangs if needed.
  4. Rub your favorite hair pomade on your palms and rake it through your hair to create height, shape and texture.

Recommended Products:

Redken Move Ability 05 Lightweight Defining Cream works great at defining layers on short to long hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces look great with pixie haircuts. Straight to wavy hair types are ideal for creating this look.

Tip:

Make the most of your pixie! Just because your hair is short doesn’t mean it can’t be versatile. Slick your hair back, pin bangs to the side, add hair accessories and more to create a different look every day.

#4 Boho Chic

These messy, romantic curls are feminine and fun. Silky long locks start out smooth on top and then explode into a mountain of waves and ringlets.

Boho Chic

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How To Style:

  1. Use a curling wand on strands to create that loose wave, or try hot rollers on the middle to ends of the hair.
  2. Shake out curls and use your favorite finishing products to polish off the look.

Recommended Products:

Try Prive Shine Spray on damp strands to cut down on your blow dry time.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer and thinner face shapes will be balanced out by these thick, luscious curls. Straight, wavy or loose naturally curly hair types can wear this style.

Tip:

You can use a curling iron for this look, but leave the ends out. If you curl the ends the finished result won’t look as loose and easy.

#5 Braided Beauty

Though this hairstyle may look crazy complicated, if you know how to create a simple braid, you can definitely conquer this updo.

Braided Beauty

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How To Style:

  1. Separate hair into two sections with a horizontal part from temple to temple. Clip the top section up and out of the way.
  2. Slick back the sides of the bottom section and gather the entire section into a tight ponytail.
  3. Braid your ponytail and pin it into a bun.
  4. Take your top section and split it into several sections to braid and pin into your bun.
  5. Tease the bangs, then smooth them back and pin as well.

Recommended Products:

Spray strands to finish and hold with CHI Enviro Firm Hold Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This updo is awesome because it will work with all face shapes and hair types. You just need long hair and long bangs!

Tip:

An updo is a great idea for those hot summer days! This braided look will keep your hair up and off your neck. It is also a nice and secure style that is sure to last the entire day without a touch up.

#6 Half and Half

This asymmetrical hairstyle is half updo, half ponytail. The combo creates an interesting effect and is a great option for ladies with long hair.

Asymmetrical Half Updo

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How To Style:

  1. Curl your entire head of hair with a medium-sized curling iron.
  2. Split hair down the middle and create low pigtails.
  3. Leave one pigtail down, but gather up the other and pin it into your elastic to secure.

Recommended Products:

Protect your hair from the heat with Oscar Blandi Pronto Heat Protect Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape can wear this hairstyle, but you should have thick, long hair that is straight, wavy or slightly curly.

Tip:

Don’t use too much hairspray to avoid sticky, stiff strands.

#7 Red Hot Curls

Rock this volume-infused hairstyle this summer to really turn up the heat! These curls aren’t frizzy, but have a slight whimsical texture that makes this style fun and flirty. The long bangs help add mystery and drama.

Hairstyle with Curls and Volume

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How To Style:

  1. Diffuse natural curls with a blow dryer.
  2. Flat iron bangs forward, then rough them up with your fingers to break them up.
  3. Gently lift up hair and direct hairspray up and into the roots.

Recommended Products:

Try Pureology Curl Complete Stye + Care Infusion. It is two products in one duo package for amazing, touchably soft curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Curly haired ladies with any face shape can wear this look.

Tip:

Try anti-humidity products to help battle frizz in more humid locations.

#8 Modern Textured Bob

This messy bob has a deep side part that combs around the face. Subtle layers are added for texture.

Modern Messy Bob

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How To Style:

  1. Part damp strands to the side and comb through.
  2. Use your fingers to do a rough dry on hair. Really push hair over to the side at the part line so hair stays in that direction.
  3. Blow the air up and into strands to create volume and texture on the ends.
  4. Use a large-sized curling iron on a few pieces if needed, then rough it all up with your fingers and some hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Redken Wind Blown!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart or round shaped faces would look great in this stylish bob. Thin to medium amounts of hair with wavy texture work best to achieve this look.

Tip:

For more volume at the part line, blow dry your strands in the opposite direction. Then, when hair strands are completely dry, flip hair back over for more lift.

#9 Retro Pixie

This sophisticated pixie has a retro feel to it that is quite intriguing. A super short neckline is blended up into longer layers on top with an even longer bang. The swooping fringe helps frame the face nicely.

Sophisticated Pixie Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Use a small round brush to add volume to the top.
  2. Blow dry bangs forward, then swoop them over to the side and spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Pureology Color Stylist Strengthening Control Hairspray has a nice medium hold and smells amazing.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Thin to thick amounts of straight to slightly wavy hair types on ladies with oval or heart shaped faces wear this look best.

Tip:

Ask your stylist to examine the hair pattern at your neck before cutting to adjust for any cowlicks or uneven hairlines.

#10 Platinum Perfection

These perfectly cut blunt bangs are to die for! Paired with platinum curls, you have the ultimate bombshell hairstyle for summer.

Platinum Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs

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How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and comb through. Use the same comb to create a center part.
  2. Flat iron your bangs forward nice and straight.
  3. Use a one-inch curling iron on the rest of your strands to create bouncy curls.
  4. Comb through curls with your fingers to break them up slightly.
  5. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray~

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer shaped faces or long foreheads work well with forward-facing bangs. Straight to slightly curly hair types are a nice fit.

Tips:

Save time by quickly curling the bottom sections of hair. Focus on the top layer and pieces around your face where the curl quality really matters.

#11 Tic Tac Toe

This triple bun effect is simple yet glamorous. It’s the perfect updo for summer!

Triple Bun Hairstyle for Summer

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How To Style:

  1. Create three big buns starting on the top of your head and moving towards the nape.
  2. Remove your top bun and tease the roots, then swoop it over and secure with pins for a more soft result around the face.

Recommended Products:

Prep hair with Bumble and Bumble Grooming Cream before swooping strands into the buns. It will help your hair stay together better when styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types can create a fantastic version of this sweet hairstyle.

Tip:

Think out of the box. This is an amazing inspiration for a ton of different versions of this foundational look!

#12 Sultry Softness

This fingerwaved beauty looks like a 1920s goddess. Silky strands are cut right at the jawline and the lack of layers creates a stacked effect in the back.

Sultry Hairstyle with Finger Waves

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How To Style:

  1. Use a one-inch curling iron on your strands.
  2. Curl small sections all in the same direction to create the same curl pattern all around your head.
  3. Brush the curls out and use your fingers to arrange strands into a wave.
  4. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Kevin Murphy Shimmer Repairing Shine Mist will make locks super soft and shiny with a touch of sparkle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square or round shaped faces wear this look best, while medium to thick amounts of hair with straight to wavy texture will make styling a breeze.

Tip:

Play up this golden era even more with some romantic makeup.

#13 Beach Babe

One of the most coveted summer styles is laid back, beachy waves. This long and wavy hairdo is fun, flirty and super easy to achieve.

Long Summer Hairstyle with Beachy Waves

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How To Style:

  1. Go through hair layer by layer and spritz on your favorite wave-enhancing products.
  2. Comb through damp strands and gently scrunch them up with your fingers.
  3. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Redken High Volume Beach Envy Spray!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can pull off this look. Girls with wavy to slightly curly hair types will have an easier time styling.

Tip:

Create a similar version of this hairstyle by wearing a large French braid over night. Remove it in the morning, brush out and enjoy!

#14 Beachy Bob

This adorable angled bob has tons of whimsy and texture. The bangs are smooth with just a hint of grit and texture to keep the look playful and fun.

Angled Bob Hairstyle with Texture

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How To Style:

  1. Brush the top and the bangs forward and to the side to create a dramatic swoop.
  2. Use a one-inch or smaller-sized curling iron on the rest of strands to create the fun, whimsical wave.
  3. Lift up the ends of hair and spray a light hold hairspray up and into the hair for added texture.

Recommended Products:

Kenra Dry Texure Spray!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer shaped faces will be balanced out by this horizontally-shaped bob. Fine haired clients with thin hair will love how much volume they get out of this look.

Tip:

You want this look to feel soft and effortless. Try not to handle strands too much or overdo your iron work.

#15 High Riser

This uniquely cut pixie features a super short perimeter with lots of length on top for versatility and volume.

Unique Pixie with Volume

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How To Style:

  1. Rough dry hair with your fingers and a blow dryer. Focus on making the front baby bangs lay smooth.
  2. When hair is completely dry, use a pomade to rough up strands even more on the top and create as much volume as possible.
  3. To keep that hair-raising result, use a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Harder Hairspray will add texture and hold to your look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Pixie cuts look best on round or heart shaped faces. The hair type that would work well for this hairstyle would be thick, wavy hair.

Tip:

Make the most of these short summer hairstyles! Just because you have a short haircut doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make a statement with the color. Richen up short locks and really stand out from the crowd.

#16 Swept Away

This asymmetrical hairstyle has a rocker edge with soft details. Blunt cut bangs are offset with tousled curls, and pinning the hair to one side elevates and adds interest to the overall look.

Asymmetrical Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs and Curls

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How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and comb through.
  2. Flat iron your bangs forward nice and straight.
  3. Use a one-inch (or larger) curling iron on the rest of your strands for some bouncy curls.
  4. Comb through with your fingers to break up the curls slightly.
  5. Gently sweep hair to one side of your head and secure with pins.
  6. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Kerastase Laque Couture Micro Mist will hold your style and nourish strands at the same time.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can work with this style. Straight to curly hair types can all rock this look.

Tip:

Add a sparkly or beaded headband to make this look more formal.

#17 Urban Pixie

The beauty is in the details of this exquisitely cut pixie. The asymmetry is absolutely stunning and very flattering, too. With so many pixies out there, this one definitely has a modern take and stands out from the rest.

Flattering Modern Pixie

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How To Style:

  1. Blow dry strands forward and to the side so they lay nice and smooth.
  2. Use your fingers to rough up strands with a hair lotion or cream.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Pomade Medium Hold High Shine!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or heart shaped faces with straight to slightly wavy hair types are best for this hairstyle.

Tip:

Shortly buzzed sides grow super fast! Make sure you keep up with regular salon appointments to keep your cut looking fresh.

#18 Refined Texture

This fun, textured style has lots of volume and curls. It’s a great cool choice for summer and is easier to style than it looks.

Hairstyle with Texture and Curls

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How To Style:

  1. Diffuse curly hair or use a small curling iron on your entire head of hair. Use a lot of strong holding product so curls are stiff and almost sticky.
  2. Pull back three separate sections of hair into a ponytail twist — the two sides and the top pompadour.
  3. Tease the roots of these sections before pulling back for more volume.

Recommended Products:

Invest in a good curling iron like Hot Tools 1-Inch XL Barrel Curling Iron.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with curly hair types can rock this look.

Tip:

It’s summer, so have some extra fun with your accessories! Add in fresh or faux flowers by themselves or in a flower crown to make this style totally boho chic.

#19 Modern Classic

A slicked back, low wrapped bun is a great sophisticated hairstyle. It is timeless, classic, and the lines are so clean that it is still feels modern.

Modern Classic Bun Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and brush through.
  2. Part hair to the side.
  3. Tease the crown slightly and smooth back.
  4. Secure hair into a low ponytail.
  5. Wrap the ponytail softly into a low bun and secure with pins.

Recommended Products:

Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Weather Proof Cream!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All hair types and face shapes can wear a version of this look.

#20 Reimagined Retro

Betty Page bangs and an ethereal bob create an interesting combo. The wide-cut baby bangs are a sharp contrast to the soft, angelic-like lengths. We love the modern and updated version of this classic hairstyle!

Ethereal Bob with Blunt Bangs

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How to Style:

  1. Blow dry bangs forward and flat so they lay nice and smooth.
  2. Flat iron bangs and bump the ends under sharply for a nice, rounded edge.
  3. Use a large curling iron on the lengths of the hair.

Recommended Products:

Prive Shine Spray will spice up the glow factor of these silky bangs. Follow up with their texture spray on the lengths.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square or round shaped faces wear this cut best, while thin to medium amounts of hair with straight to wavy textures will style easiest into this look.

Tip:

Short baby bangs like this dry quickly, so make sure you lay them forward and flat as soon as you get out of the shower.

#21 Soft as Silk

Refine your blowout skills to create this silky soft hairstyle. This longer hairstyle has layers cut around the chin to perfectly frame the face.

Silky Blowout with Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Prep hair with a smoothing serum.
  2. Use a large paddle brush to remove moisture with your blow dryer.
  3. When hair is almost dry, switch to a round brush and really roll the ends under as you dry.

Recommended Products:

Use Moroccan Oil Treatment for soft, silky strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, round, oval or rectangular shaped faces will be flattered nicely by this style. Straight, thick hair types will achieve this look the easiest.

Tip:

Use a vented paddle brush and vented round brush for faster drying.

#22 Summer Beauty

This adorable summer hairstyle is a favorite because it is so easy to achieve! A braid is classic and stylish and would look adorable at any summer event.

Summer Hairstyle with Side Braid

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How To Style:

  1. Brush strands out and part hair to the side.
  2. Gather hair to the opposite side and create a loose braid.
  3. Secure with an elastic.

Recommended Products:

Help tame hair before you braid with Redken Fashion Collection Braid Aid.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types can wear this simple braid.

Tip:

This look supposed to have a loose result, but don’t be afraid to pin some pieces that may be falling out too much.

#23 Shaggy Chic

The fun contrast between the short fringe and the long fringe give this pixie tons of attitude. Flicked out layers amp up the style factor even more.

Pixie Hairstyle with Short and Long Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Blow dry strands forward and to the side so they lay nice and smooth.
  2. Flat iron the tips to really flip them up, out and away from the head.
  3. Use your fingers to rough up strands with a hair lotion or cream.

Recommended Products:

Redken Mess Around #10 Disrupting Cream-Paste!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or heart shaped faces with straight to slightly wavy hair types are best for this hairstyle.

Tip:

Go short for healthier hair! If you have longer damaged hair, wipe the slate clean by chopping your hair off. This adorable pixie will make your hair look healthy and trendy at the same time.

#24 Modern Ballerina

Who says buns are just for ballerinas? This fun twist has an asymmetrical take on the classic hairstyle.

Fun Summer Side Bun

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How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and brush through.
  2. Prep hair with a light hairspray or a texture spray for hold and brush through.
  3. Use a comb to create a deep diagonal side part.
  4. Pull your entire head of hair into a low ponytail right below one ear.
  5. Use a round cushion or sock to create a sock bun.
  6. Pull bangs out to frame your face and add balance.

Recommended Products:

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray is so light and sweet smelling!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types can pull off a version of this hairstyle, though your locks must be long enough.

Tip:

Don’t be afraid to use pins to secure your bun if needed.

#25 Festival Feeling

Look fabulous at any summer festival or concert with this windblown braided hairstyle.

Long Braided Hairstyle for Summer

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How To Style:

  1. Gently brush out natural curls to create soft texture.
  2. Use a curling iron on select strands to create definition and fight frizz from brushing out curls.
  3. Leave a large section of bangs out and braid the remaining hair into a loose bun.
  4. Gently smooth back the bangs and pin them into the braid.
  5. Pull some pieces out for added texture.

Recommended Products:

Pull a serum like Moroccan Oil Treatment through strands to create soft, touchable locks that won’t frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this look. Naturally curly hair is ideal to create this style.

Tip:

Make sure you get dressed before styling your hair so you avoid ruining your style while putting clothes on!

#26 Tousled Bob

This messy bob is on-trend and packed with volume and texture.

Messy Bob with Volume and Texture

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How To Style:

  1. Create as much root lift and volume as you can during your blow dry by using a small round brush.
  2. When hair is completely dry, go in with a small curling iron and quickly hit the ends for a tousled finish.
  3. To finish the look, spray strands with a strong hold spray or a texture spray and rough up strands with your fingers.

Recommended Products:

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, square or heart shaped faces can easily wear this short hairstyle. Straight, wavy and semi-curly hair types can all work for this look.

Tip:

Try blowing drying your hair upside down for ultimate volume!

#27 Side Surprise

This flirty hairstyle has a surprise on one side. A small French braid right by the face adds intrigue and texture to an otherwise very ordinary hairstyle.

Long Summer Hairstyle with Braid

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How To Style:

  1. Use a one-inch curling iron or wand on your entire head of hair with the exception of your bangs.
  2. Flat iron the bangs to smooth and bevel the ends under.
  3. Use your fingers to gently break up the curls so they look slightly messy and undone.
  4. On one side of your head, create a small French braid for added interest. Secure with bobby pins.

Recommended Products:

Diane Bobby pins come in a variety of colors and are great at securing different braids and twists.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and rectangular shaped faces with thin to thick amounts of hair and straight to wavy hair texture wear this look well.

Tip:

Use a dry shampoo on day two to refresh your look and make it last.

#28 Mermaid Mane

Have you ever dreamed about being mermaid? This hairstyle will make you feel like one this summer! Tousled ringlets cascade beautifully past the shoulders in this beachy hairstyle.

Long Hairstyle with Beachy Ringlets

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a good mousse to damp strands and comb through.
  2. Use your fingers to scrunch up damp strands from the bottom up.
  3. Diffuse your entire head of hair until completely dry.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Curl Style Conditioning Mousse!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with curly hair types can wear this style.

Tip:

Don’t touch! The more you touch or handle your hair throughout the day, the more frizz you’ll create.

#29 Summer Shag

Try out a flippy shag this summer for a totally chic look. Loads of texture and long, wispy bangs make this one amazing hairstyle.

Summer Hairstyles - Short and Shaggy

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How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair forward and towards the face on top.
  2. Use a round brush to flip out the lengths.
  3. Use a flat iron to detail any pieces that need attention.

Recommended Products:

Spray Prive Texture Spray up and into hair to really show off all of those fun layers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can rock this shag. The straighter your hair is naturally, the better.

Tip:

Don’t overdo it with your iron work. A tousled shag should look a little rough around the edges!

#30 Softer Side

This sweet style is laid back and casual, but still has that “something special” feeling. It’s a perfect example of how just taking a few minutes to finish off your ends makes a huge difference in elevating your hairstyle.

Casual Long Summer Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Brush hair out and create a loose, just-off-center part with your fingers.
  2. Use a large-sized curling iron on the ends of hair strands.
  3. Spray to hold, then brush curls out again to break them up.

Recommended Products:

Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Finishing Hairspray!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and square shaped faces would be flattered by these soft curls. Thin to medium amounts of hair and straight to slightly wavy hair types will style easily into this look.

Tip:

This is a great hairstyle for girls who love to play with their hair throughout the day.

Summer hairstyles are all about having fun and kicking back. Have fun with your hairstyle and opt for something fancy for a hot night out or a short pixie to stay cool!