It’s easy to find yourself in a hairstyling rut over the winter, but there’s no better time to break out of it than with the arrival of the warmer weather. Though you might sometimes feel limited in the styles you can create with shorter hair, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t matter your length of hair—you can still rock all of the season’s hottest trends. Here are some of the cutest short hairstyles for summer that you’ll absolutely adore!
1. The Twist and Pin
With minimal time and effort required, this hairstyle is a summer staple for sure. With a side or centre part, pull a section on each side of a couple of inches thick and twist. Pin the sections, fluff up the twists for an easy-breezy vibe, and you’re good to go. This style is perfect no matter your hair’s texture, so rock it straight or curly, or anything in between!
2. The Upgraded Twist and Pin
If you like a little more oomph to your hairstyles, try putting a spin on a classic look. For this one, incorporate mini braids throughout your style, and pin them up along with the twisted sections on either side of your part. The best part? It’ll take you all of two minutes to complete. Major hair envy!
3. Low pony
As far as short hairstyles go, you can never go wrong with a low ponytail. Just sweep your hair into an elastic band and pull out a few face-framing pieces for more of a worn-in look. To spice it up, clip in a decorative hair bauble over the elastic band. From drab to fab in seconds flat. We love it!
4. Half-up messy bun
Nothing says summer! quite like a good old messy bun. With shorter hair, the classic topknot doesn’t always come out looking just as you envisioned, so skip the drama and work the half-updo! Split your hair horizontally from the temples and twist your hair into a bun. Secure with an elastic or bobby pins.
5. Half-up Dutch braid messy bun
Take your half-up messy bun to the next level by Dutch-braiding the top half of your hair. Starting at your roots, split your hair into three and braid your hair underneath the middle section instead of over. Incorporate a little more hair with each stitch until you reach where you want your bun to sit. Twist, pin, and you’ve got a rocking style on your hands.
6. Dutch braids
No short hairstyles repertoire is complete without Dutch braids. Split your hair down the middle and create two Dutch braids. Keep them tight for a boxer-chic look, or fluff your strands apart for a boho, effortless vibe.
7. French (Dutch) fishtail braided buns
Take your braids to the next level by French fishtailing them (it’s a lot easier than it looks—promise!). Fishtail braiding isn’t as complicated as it seems—instead of three sections, you’ll be working with two. From the outer side of one section, take a small piece and bring it to the inner side of the other section. Repeat this process on the other side, and all the way down. To make it a French fishtail, add a little section of hair before crossing it over (or under, if you want to make it a Dutch braid!) just like you normally would with a French braid. Finish the style off in little buns, and you’ll look like a million bucks.
8. Space buns
Space buns are such a fun take on the topknot trend, and perfect for an outdoor festival or day at the beach. After dividing your hair down the middle, take the top half of each section and twist into two messy buns on the top of your head. Spritz in some texturizing spray and you’re done!
9. Beach waves
No summer hairstyles look round-up would be complete without some beach waves. Whether you want to achieve them with a curling wand or with an overnight, heatless method, there’s no better time to rock the mermaid waves than at the beach!
When in doubt, throw on a scarf to jazz up even the simplest of short hairstyles. Bonus points for covering up oily roots!