If there were ever a time to consider switching up your , it’s .
To survive sweltering weather and beach days, you’ll want a cut that is decidedly low-maintenance and able to stand on its own sans hot tools and as close as wash-and-wear as possible. To give you an idea of what styles work best for the hottest season, we asked our favorite hair pros for their best bets.
BOB IT: RIHANNA
Sometimes hair around your neck and shoulders feels like you’re wearing a hair scarf, which is why stylist Tony Chavez is a fan of the bob. In addition to the cooling relief it provides, he likes it because “when a strong shape is cut into your hair, it’s nice that everything will basically fall into place.”
BOB IT: ZENDAYA
BOB IT: TAYLOR SWIFT
BOB IT: LILY COLLINS
BABY BANGS: KEKE PALMER
While bangs might seem like the last thing you want in the summer, by keeping it brief you can make it bearable and adorable. “For the more daring, a bang about an inch to an inch and a half works on any length hair,” says Chavez. “They are definitely fun and flirtatious.” But it’s not for everybody, as he points out those with “more spacious foreheads” will be better able to pull off the look.
BABY BANGS: ASIA CHOW
LONG LAYERS: KENDALL JENNER
If you’re looking to grow your hair out, stylist Nathaniel Hawkins says there’s no better time than the present. He prefers long, disheveled layers. “Instead of cutting a straight line, I’m taking large vertical sections and point cutting into the hair to remove split ends and create a very soft, sort of ragged edge for a more organic feeling.” Stylist Patrick Melville adds that it also offers a myriad of updo options, like “soft, sexy updo, braids” and the ability to go crazy with “accessories like headbands, bobbies, and barrettes for a more dramatic effect.”
LONG LAYERS: CIARA
LONG LAYERS: KIM KARDASHIAN
SHAG-A-DELIC: ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY
Look to Cindy Crawford circa mid-’90s for inspo, says stylist Anh Co Tran. There’s a built-in level of dishevelment that’s just perfect for weather and demands imperfection. Tran likes to add to that unkemptness by spritzing liberally with beach spray and scrunching hair.
SHAG-A-DELIC: SELENA GOMEZ
BODY BEAUTIFUL: VASHTIE KOLA
Certainly the trend on the runways and IRL has been about embracing the texture that your mama gave you. Curly girls, put down the flatirons and blowdryers or cancel your standing blowdry bar appointment. Air-dry or bust is the way to go, says stylist Greg Ruggeri. He suggests throwing some curl primer into wet hair, and then once dry finish it off with a frizz-fighting balm (but be prepared to love the fuzz).
COOL AF HAIR: MICA ARGANARAZ
A freeform haircut Ruggeri terms “willowy street urchin” is a versatile lob-like length cut that’s textured and messy. To retain or enhance your natural wave, the stylist suggests air-drying and spritzing your entire head with a texturizing spray; or, to add waves without wielding a curling iron, create a few braids, hit them with a blowdryer, and then unravel them once dry.
COOL AF HAIR: ALEXA CHUNG