8 Summer Updo Hairstyles That Help You Stay Cool

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by Sarah Joan Ross

As temperatures rise, so does our hair. However, there are plenty of way to wear your hair to stay cool. We’ve pulled together the breezy styles that will stand up to heat and humidity and keep your hair away from your face and off your neck. Check out these simple summer styles you can create in minutes and avoid looking like a sweaty mess.

1. Half-Up Top Knot

This casual style can be worn by anyone from bobs to bottom-skimming locks. But it takes more prepping than you might think. Here’s the easy how-to guide to get a pro-finish.


Get the look:

Section a third of the hair (from the front to the crown) then secure with a snag-free band. Amp up the volume by backcombing the pony and then wrap around in a clockwise direction and secure with a grip. Viola! The perfect topknot is born.

2. Messy Updo

A messy updo is a fresh alternative to a classic chignon and is versatile too. It can be dressed up with pretty flowers or diamante pins – perfect for a summer wedding hairstyle or simplified and tamed down for a workday.


Get the look:

Create a part to the centre or the side and tie hair into a mid-to-low pony. Twist the tail to secure into a bun, pulling out pieces to frame the face and loosen the look.

3. Half Updo

This looks great when worn with a pretty surf-girl wave. Choose between a plait, twist or a Bardot-esq half chignon to keep hair up and away from your face.


Get the look:

Prep hair with Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse to add volume, then if you have the time, curl with your flat irons or tongs. Backcomb at the crown to create that 60s-esq height, then roll or plait your wefts and pin. Pull out some face-framing tendrils and finish with Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to hold everything in place.

4. Low Updo

The chic street-style look is slick with glass-like shine and is perfect if your hair texture is predominantly straight to start. (If the hair is curly, break out the straightening irons).


Get the look:

The crucial element is to use a tail comb to create a clean centre part and give you a definitive hairline. Team that with Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum to boost shine and ensure your ‘do doesn’t get frizzy when humidity is high. Then tie, knot or plait into a Mexican-style bun.

5. Plait Updo

A plaited updo, like an upside-down French braid, looks super complicated but is pretty quick to do, and gives you that stand-out-from-a-crowd style.


Get the look:

Practise your braiding before you begin, as you need to tip head upside and work from the nape of the neck towards the crown. Once you’ve got this off to a fine art, you can create one or more braids and secure hair into a topknot or high on-trend ‘80s pony.

6. French Braid Updo

All that’s required for this is some simple plaiting skills and plenty of pins. Plus, it works well on medium to long lengths and both curly and straight locks.  


Get the look:

Apply Frizz Ease Weightless Wonder Featherlight Smoothing Crème to either wet or dry hair. It’s a lightweight crème, infused with Aloe Vera, designed to help smooth flyaways before braiding begins. Starting at the temple, French braid the hair by taking three sections and weaving the left part, cross it over the middle one and combine it with the right section. Then repeat from the opposite side. Secure with an elastic and work the ends into the plait and pin into place.

7. Braided Bun Updo

This look is easy and has staying power. It can be worn from a spin class to a soiree.


Get the look:

Take a weft of hair from the left side and plait. Do the same on the right side and gather all the hair up into a pony. Plait the pony length and twist around and pin into place. Add a spritz of a stronghold hairspray, so it stays neat and is full of shine.  

8. Bun Updo

The messy bun has been the go-to for the past few years because it’s easy, fast and injects a whole lot of fun into your off-duty style.


Get the look:

This style needs both body and guts, so prep wet hair with a volume-boosting styling product like the Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse to add lasting fullness. Then pull hair into a high pony, tease with a brush for a little extra pouf, twist around and pull through the hair or loop through a band (an oversized scrunchy is on-trend) or firmly fix with sparkly or pearl-encrusted clips.

One final tip:

If you want to reduce your risk of breakage with all the summer styling, then you must invest in a protecting spray like Detox & Repair Care & Protect Spray to lightly condition and protect against damage.

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