The heat of summer is settling in, bringing with it sweaty city afternoons in between long, lazy weekends. And while a neck-exposing blunt crop is the ultimate cool girl’s answer to a scorching August day, some of us won’t be reaching for the shears just yet. What, then, is a devotee of waist-grazing lengths to do? The solution: Make a neat bundle of what can otherwise quickly become a hot mess.
Fortunately, street style’s most put-together women offer a wealth of hot-weather hair inspiration: For a second-day blowout that won’t go wrong, make like Dakota Johnson and pull lengths back into a Parisian-approved low chignon. Yara Shahidi’s tightly woven, beaded plaits offer a playful alternative to the closely cropped style, while cool girl Zoë Kravitz elevates pig tail braids as a totally acceptable (and adult!) option.
Never underestimating the power of a good hair accessory, Beyoncé took to the south of France with a knotted bandana around her windblown, sun drenched waves. Triple threat Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to a good hair day, but pounding the pavement on a high humidity afternoon calls for a polished bun and an oversized pair of sunglasses.
And when in doubt, pile it high and layer on the strong-hold hairspray like Rihanna for a day-to-night look that will last for hours (and give you major wave envy the next morning). Above, find seven anything-but-basic ways to wear your hair up until fall.
This article was first published on Vogue.com