What with soaring temperatures, humidity and the inevitable not-cute neck sweats, summer is THE season to be lazy with your hair, otherwise it's an uphill battle you'll probably lose anyway. However, laziness doesn't have to result in boring or even bad hairstyles when you know what you're doing. In fact, taking a less-is-more approach to styling can actually lead to a beautiful 'do that'll earn you more compliments than you can handle!
Check out some of our favorite lazy girl hairstyles for summer below.
1. The casual side sweep
Whether you're dealing with second day strands or want to boost the overall volume of air dried locks, try flipping your hair over to one side. Think of it as a deep side part with literally none of the effort. Seriously, just use your hands and set with hairspray!
Get a more full bodied look by scrunching a volumizing product like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse from roots to ends before leaving your hair to dry naturally. Well, if you don't feel like putting the work in, you may as well let a product get the job done for you!
2. Slicked back
Whether your hair is too dirty to simply brush and go, or you just can't face another battle with frizz, try slicking your hair back. While the boldness of this look might deter a lot of people, the sheer easiness makes it worth the risk! It's the easiest hairstyle on the planet to actually do- put gel on fingers, run fingers back through hair, shape to finish.
When applying products like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, start with a small, roughly dime sized amount, then add more as needed, if any!
3. Jennifer Lopez's half-up bun
A half-up bun like Jennifer Lopez's is another easy but very effective way to deal with dirty roots. The bun covers them up without sacrificing the perfectly wearable movement through the lengths of the hair. You can rock this effortlessly cool look with every hair texture, and it works on every hair length from bob cuts to long tresses.
Use some dry shampoo to lift the hair at the root, absorb excess oil and add texture before whipping the top layers up into a bun. The powdery formula creates a matte finish that works really well with tousled waves and curls.
4. Messy knot
If a half-up bun doesn't go quite far enough, take it one step further with a good ol' messy knot! With a few pieces left loose to frame the face and soften the overall look, this hairstyle is a quick and easy option, whether you're off duty or need something cute for work.
Add texture to the bun with an old toothbrush after securing it. Mist the bristles with hairspray first, then use it to tease and muss the hair as desired.
5. Messy chignon updo
When you have wet hair and you haven't got time to dry it, or you just don't want to wrestle with a blow dryer, try a messy chignon updo. It's really just a textured bun for wet hair and it can be done in a matter of minutes with little more than your fingers and a few bobby pins. The 'wet look' finish also lends it a real fashion edge, no fancy styling techniques necessary!
To make sure frizz and flyaways don't put a dampener on your hair as it dries, apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream before putting your hair up. It will prevent any unwanted fuzz, helping to keep the chignon polished long after it's completely dry.
6. Messy braid
Whether you've misplaced your hairbrush or just really need to tame long locks in a hurry, try a messy braid hairstyle. It's a great way to style bed head hair, and it looks gorgeous with tousled, wavy hair for a really summery vibe.
Apply a texturizing product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to dry hair, then use a 1" curling iron to make big, loose waves. Alternate the direction you curl the hair in for the most natural looking results, then scrunch some more spray through the lengths when you're done to break up the curls a bit before braiding.
7. Fishtail pigtails
Once you get the hang of the technique, fishtail braiding becomes really easy. It's the kind of thing you can do while indulging in a Netflix marathon or catching up with your BFF on speakerphone, or even when you're on the way to work/brunch/dinner/drinks!
Keep the braids fairly tight while you're working on them, then loosen them with your hands afterwards. Gently pull them out at the sides and roll them between your palms to add texture.
8. Sleek wrapped ponytail
If you straightened your hair the day before and want to do something a bit different, try gathering your hair back into a sleek, tight ponytail. It'll take two minutes, and it looks really cool when wrapped with a bright ribbon!
To get a sleek finish that lasts, spray your hair generously with hairspray, then mist your hands with water and smooth them over the sides of your head. This will flatten any existing flyaways and make sure no new ones can form throughout the day.
9. Messy headband updo
Team a messy knot with a cute headband for an instantly pulled together look. A headband offsets undone textures beautifully, and it's a great way to add a little glitz to your beauty look! You can also try this lazy girl styling trick with a ponytail, low bun, or any kind of messy braid, too!
If you're starting with clean, damp hair, texturize your mane by rough-drying it instead of using a brush. Guide the hair with your fingers to create natural looking texture, just make sure you apply a heat protectant first!
10. Blake Lively's loose low ponytail
As sources of summer hairstyle inspiration go, they don't come much better than Blake Lively's red carpet back catalogue. One of her best looks for lazy girls is this adorable low side ponytail. It's so loose you can hardly tell it's tied at all! It's the kind of hairstyle you can recreate while sitting down which basically makes it our new favorite thing...
After securing the hair, use a small pieces of hair from the low pony to disguise the hair elastic. Wrap it around the hair tie, then secure it underneath with a bobby pin.
11. Easy low braid with a ribbon
This easy low braid is a great go-to hairstyle for when you need to tame your mane quickly. Tying a ribbon around the hair tie at the ends adds detail, and the smooth texture keeps it quite polished.
Add shine and banish flyaways with a finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray. It creates a protective barrier between your hair and the elements, which will help to protect against humidity induced frizz and flyaways.
12. Classic topknot
On the hottest of summer days, you probably won't want to spend much time dealing with your tresses. The main priority is getting your hair off your neck, and for that, the classic topknot hairstyle just can't be beaten. It's the ultimate lazy girl updo, and literally anyone can do it, provided their hair is long enough.
If you don't have a bun maker donut on hand, secure your hair into a high ponytail, then backcomb the pony to increase volume before pinning it into a bun shape on top of your head.
13. Polished side braid
Teamed with a monotone headband, a polished side braid is a really easy way to make your hair look pulled together sans complicated updo or blowout styling techniques. You even can braid the hair while it's still slightly damp so that when you shake it out later on, you'll end up with loose waves!
If you do braid the hair while it's still damp, apply a texturizing spray to enhance the waves while they set. Then when you take your hair out, all you need to do is scrunch the lengths and you're good to go!
14. Messy waves with a headband
If you feel like your bed head or air dried hair needs a little something extra, but you don't want to do anything complicated with it, try adding a headband! It's a quick fix, but it works every time. It adds detail, color and even texture to your hairstyle and you don't have to do anything apart from place the thing on your head. Genius!
Spritz the lengths of your hair with a volumizing hairspray like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, then muss and scrunch it with your hands to create a more full-bodied look.
15. Air dried bob
For the wash and go gals among you, a short, wavy bob might just be the perfect short hairstyle to see you through the rest of the summer. It's short enough to help keep you cool, and the natural movement is about as summery as it gets! The big question is, should you get this cut with or without bangs?
Once your hair is totally try, scrunch a small amount of flexible hold product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the lengths to enhance the texture. Just make sure you don't over-apply as this can weigh the hair down.