13 Low-Maintenance Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Warm Weather

With warmer days ahead of us, cutting corners on time spent doing our hair in the morning can be a real lifesaver.

By Simone Sydel5 min read
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While all we want is for our hair to look perfect, styling certain hairstyles can be exhausting. Besides the hassle of dealing with the heat of a hairdryer for longer than you need to, the hot air and humidity also do their part in our hair staying the way we've styled it for no longer than 10 minutes once we've hit the outdoors.

So, why not opt for a low-maintenance hairstyle that will save you time in the mornings and have you looking effortlessly chic this season?

To make your mornings smoother, here are 13 low-maintenance hairstyles that are perfect for warm days and can be worn for any occasion.

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1. Messy Bun

Perfect for days when you want to look carefree yet stylish, a messy bun is perhaps the most popular low-maintenance hairstyle out there. It's also incredibly versatile – you can rock it with a casual T-shirt and jeans or dress it up for an occasion that's not too formal.

All you need to do is gather your hair in a high ponytail and twist it around the elastic until it's secure but looks stylishly messy. Add a few bobby pins in places where it doesn't make sense for loose strands to hang out, and you're set!

Product To Try: Kristin Ess Hair – French Pin Set, $10

2. Loose Fringe

A loose fringe can be the perfect companion to a messy bun or ponytail, as the detail adds extra charm to an otherwise simple and chic look. A fringe is also one of the best ways to enhance your facial features (especially if you have a longer face), which makes it a low-maintenance camouflage solution on days when you don't feel like putting too much effort into your hairstyle or makeup but you still want to look polished and put-together.

Product To Try: Bumble and bumble – Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray, $34

3. Tidy Low Bun

A hot weather classic, the tidy low bun is a chic way to keep your hair in check even when the temperatures are soaring. It's super easy to achieve – all you need to do is gather your hair into a low ponytail, twist it around the hairband at the nape of the neck until it's secure, and then tuck in the remaining strands.

For an extra dose of sophistication, you can add a few accessories like pins or ribbons to give it that extra something. Finally, don't forget the chunky gold earrings and statement sunglasses, which are an absolute must for achieving that clean girl aesthetic with this hairstyle.

Product To Try: Redken – Anti-Frizz Spray with Heat Protection, $30

4. Polished Low Ponytail

A polished low ponytail is one of the most versatile low-maintenance hairstyles, as it looks equally beautiful with a blouse and trousers combo or with your favorite evening dress. Whether you prefer it sleek, wavy, or curly, a polished low ponytail is perfect for any occasion!

To create this look, simply gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and then use a comb to smooth down any bumps or flyaways.

Secure your ponytail with a hairband, and add a bow or ribbon for a touch of sophistication. Or take a small section of hair and wrap it around the hairband, and secure with a bobby pin. Finally, give it a spritz of smoothing hairspray to ensure the style stays in place all day!

Product To Try: Virtue – Frizz Block Humidity-Stopping Smoothing Spray, $44

5. Model Off-Duty Bun

The model-off-duty bun is a lifesaver for those days when you want to look chic and polished by making no more than the minimum effort. To achieve this trendy look, all you need to do is gather your hair into a high ponytail and twist until you're satisfied with the shape of the bun. Use bobby pins where needed and a comb to smooth down any flyaways. For an extra dose of pizazz, add a few accessories like statement earrings or a bejeweled hair clip, and rock the perfect low-maintenance hairstyle for any occasion!

Product To Try: IGK – Spirulina Protein Smoothing Blowout Balm, $34

6. Round Bob

A round, classic bob is one of the most timeless, low-maintenance hairstyles you can get. This classic spring and summer look works for any face shape and perfectly combines style and practicality. To create this look, use a good hair straightener to achieve that beautiful sleek finish. Curl the ends, top it off with a few spritzes of shine spray for an extra boost of sparkle, and you're all set!

Product To Try: Ghd – Original Styler, $179

7. Wavy Bob

Excellent for those with fine hair, the wavy bob is another minimum-effort, but maximum-impact look you can rock this season. Enhancing the textures is also a breeze and can be achieved by using a sea salt texturizing spray on your hands and giving your hair a toss to achieve that beautiful beach wave that lasts all day long.

Product To Try: OGX – Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, $10

8. Extra Volume

A voluminous hairstyle will deliver that statement look you're going for on days when you want to look a little more put-together without spending hours in front of the mirror or paying extra at the salon.

To create a look that will lift your hair and make it look bigger, apply some volumizing mousse to your roots, tilt your head down, and blow dry with a round brush from the inside out. Finish by spraying a few spritzes of texturizing spray on your hands and tossing your hair around to give it some extra body.

The result? A voluminous, low-maintenance hairstyle that will be your go-to look for more formal occasions or when you want to step up your beauty game.

Product To Try: Biolage – Styling Whipped Volume Mousse, $22

9. Layered Bob

A layered bob is another easy-to-style hairstyle that you can rock this season. This look is fantastic for medium to thick hair textures, as the layers will add movement and structure to the hairstyle and keep it neat and polished. You can also wear a layered bob in many different ways, including straight, wavy, or curly, depending on your mood, occasion, or how much time you have to get ready.

Product To Try: Living Proof – Perfect hair Day (PhD) Heat Styling Spray, $31

10. Bixie

The bixie is a combination of bob and pixie and is one of the newest hairstyles to make its way into the beauty scene for the season. This low-maintenance hairstyle works great for those with fine or medium hair and looks beautiful even when left purposely imperfect. To achieve this look, blow dry your hair with a small round brush to give it that extra bit of texture and body, and finish with a few spritzes of hairspray for extra hold.

Product To Try: Revlon – One-Step Root Booster Round Brush, $65

11. Space Buns

Fun, quirky, and easy to style, space buns are the perfect hairstyle for those days when you want something a little different or your hair is too much of a mess to even begin to think about styling it, but you don't want to go out of the house with the same old ponytail you've been wearing for the past week.

All you need to do is split your hair into two sections and secure each section with a hairband or a scrunchie. Then, twist each section and wrap it around until you create a bun shape. Secure the bun with bobby pins, and you're ready to go!

Product To Try: Scünci – Black Satin Pony Tail Scrunchies, $7

12. Shag Cut

A shag cut might scare many women away because it looks way too complicated to style and maintain, but in reality, this look couldn't be easier to work with. Since the hair is layered throughout in a shag cut, it looks full instead of bulky. This is why it's an excellent low-maintenance option for warmer days.

Whether your hair is straight or curly, all you have to do to maintain a shag cut that looks like you just walked out of a salon is to use a bit of mousse or light hairspray and scrunch the ends of your hair with your hands.

Product To Try: Drybar – The Bouncer Diffuser, $34

13. Undone Waves

The perfect beachy hairstyle for those days when you want to look like you just stepped out of the ocean. Undone waves are an effortless way to look put-together without using straightening irons, curling wands, or expensive airwraps.

To create this naturally stylish look, simply blow dry your hair straight (but not too straight to avoid weighing the waves down) and apply some mousse or sea salt spray on your hands before tossing and scrunching your hair to add that little bit of texture that looks like the ocean itself did you hair for the day.

Product To Try: Kristin Ess – Sea Salt Air Dry Mousse - Volume + Texture for Waves & Curls, $15

Closing Thoughts

Ready to show off your new low-maintenance 'do? Pick the perfect outfit and accessories, and embrace the season with these effortless yet stylish hairstyles that will turn heads wherever you go. Happy styling!

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