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10 summer hairstyles to recreate in 2024

Give your warm-weather hair game a stylish update with these chic, fuss-free ideas...

Sofia Richie updo with camellia flower slides
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: 3 April 2024
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Summer is within touching distance, and our current beauty efforts are concentrated around adding to our hairstyle repertoire. 

The warmer months lend themselves to looks that appear fresh and invigorating, but crucially demand minimal effort – a pop of cream blush, a dewy layer of tinted moisturiser, a sweep of bronzer and the like.

It is only natural that this low-maintenance, laissez-faire approach be extended into our hairstyle choices, especially when the temperature begins to rise.

Summer is one of the worst offenders when it comes to hair damage – from humidity and heat to salt water and chlorine. And yet, it's not all doom and gloom. It also presents the perfect opportunity to broaden your hair horizons and experiment with some new looks.

If your quest to beat the heat has left you hot and bothered, we've got you covered. This season, buns will be your beauty godsend: from super sleek spiky styles and classic 90s claw clips to unfussy chignons with face-framing tendrils.

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Festival favourites such as bubble braids and textured plaits are also ideal if you're wanting to keep cool (while looking even cooler). Alternatively, up the ante with coloured elastics and playful accessories for a cutesy Y2K moment or serve elevated elegance à la Sofia Richie with crisp white camellia clips.

The vibe is fuss-free, but that certainly doesn't mean low impact. Get inspired with our current favourite hair looks and start perfecting your skills, stat.

Hello! Fashion shares the best summer hairstyles to recreate in 2024:

Sleek, spiky bun

Sleek spiky bun @milly_amybaineshair© Instagram / @milly_amybaineshair

All the cool-girls are living for super sleek buns at the moment, and this spiky version is steeped in Y2K flair. Boar bristle brushes and aloe gel at the ready...

Larger-than-life scrunchie

Larger-than-life scrunchie @naturalhair_hope© Instagram / @naturalhair_hope

Scrunchies skyrocketed in popularity in the late 80s and early 90s, but the hair accessory one of those boomerang trends that just refuses to quit. Supersize styles are huge right now thanks to Good Squish, and they look beautiful alongside moisturised coils.

Cowrie shell half-up, half-down bun

Cowrie shell half-up, half-down bun @michaelgrayhair© Instagram / @michaelgrayhair

Shells are a bona fide summer classic, and these cowrie slides are a super cute addition. For added relief against the heat, style your hair in a half-up, half-down bun. 

Face-framing tendrils

Face-framing tendrils @hairby.brittany© Instagram / @hairby.brittany

If you've got a wedding or chic al fresco event on the horizon, it's difficult to go wrong with an elegant knotted bun. Pull out your bangs or create two sections at the front and style them into smooth, face-framing waves.

High bunches

High bunches @hairwithlinda© Instagram / @hairwithlinda

It's giving Baby Spice with a hint of festival energy, and we're here for it. High bunches are great for scraping your hair back, away from your face and infusing your look with a playful femininity. 

Defined curls with headband 

Curls and headband @natalieannehair© Instagram / @natalieannehair

Bouncy corkscrew curls feel synonymous with off-duty effortlessness, and the addition of a textured headband gives this look a clear focal point.

Voluminous low pony

Voluminous low pony @alexbrownhair© Instagram / @alexbrownhair

Ah, the ponytail. So simple, and yet so many pitfalls. The secret to a flattering line is to get a bit of height close to the root with a texturising spray. 

Textured braid

Textured braid @hairbyruslan© Instagram / @hairbyruslan

For guaranteed impact, a long, sweeping braid is the way to go. Use a styling gel to get a smooth finish against your head, but a little texture in the braid can look lived-in and lovely.

Bubble braids and claw clip combo

Bubble braids and claw clip combo© Instagram /

Bubble braids are the moment and we're 100% into it. Cute and with minimal skill required, they look great as the main feature with a classic claw clip at the back to keep your hair off your neck.

Camellia clips

© Instagram / @kathleen_hair

You've heard of florals for spring, but how about extending the 3D blooms trend into summer territory? Delicate hair pins featuring roses or camellias feel super relevant for SS24. 

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