Summer is finally here and it's time to bust out the long, luscious hairstyles! Whether you're at the beach, out on the town or—even better—enjoying an awesome holiday abroad somewhere, you'll need a lot of hairstyle ideas to get you through the summer. So work with your long hair's versatility and try a few of these styles out. With each one, wearing it down or up is an option so you have plenty of looks to choose from. For day or night, long hair is so versatile in the summer—up, down, braids, buns, chignons, ponytails—you name it, long hair can do it. If you have long hair, then check out the latest styles below direct from the red carpet for your fix of hair inspiration. If you have short hair or are trying to grow yours out and want to try one of these looks, clip in extensions may be an easy, temporary solution to wearing a long 'do this summer—give it a try!
Now on to the hairstyles…
Samantha Hoopes is looking every inch the bronzed beach beauty with her ultra long locks. Sam's hair has quite a dramatic ombré effect to it, which can totally be pulled off in the summer for that surfer girl look. If you like this look, you will need to lighten your mid lengths and ends to a light bleach blonde, leaving a good few inches of roots showing for that surfer girl effect. To style, Samantha hasn't done anything special here but blow dry it straight. One word of warning: if you bleach your ends out, they will look dry just like Sam's. Use a flat iron to smooth the hair out and then apply a shine serum throughout the hair for a sleek and shiny finish.
Lydia Hearst is looking ravishing here in deep auburn locks that cascade down on one side. This look is all about amping up the glamour with glossy, bouncy tresses. To get this look, first blow-dry your hair with a round brush, adding extra volume at the roots. Blow-drying the roots in the opposite direction, or flipping the head upside down to dry can achieve this. Then, add in large bouncy waves with your round brush, or set your hair in extra large Velcro rollers. Finish it off by adding volume all over at the roots by backcombing, and then finish it off with a shine spray.
Here, Laura Vandervoort looks ready for summer with her buttery blonde waves. This hairstyle is fancy enough for the evening but casual enough for the daytime too. To get these cool, casual waves, you can braid your hair when it is slightly damp and let it set overnight. Or, you can create them by using a large curling wand on a low heat setting. Use random thicknesses of sections for best results—you don't want this hairstyle to look too overdone but rather go for effortless waves.
Lucy Hale is looking ready for summer in her long wavy hairstyle. This is a great option for women with natural texture in their hair—just let it hang loose and do its own thing. Lucy has created a soft side part in her hair, letting her fringe sweep softly to the side while the rest of her hair looks voluminous and bouncy. Some styling spray is all that is really needed to perfect this easy, breezy summer hairstyle.
On to this gorgeous updo hairstyle as seen on Zoe Saldana. This feminine 'do screams "hot summer nights" and would look fabulous worn for a night on the town, summer wedding or other special event. Women with round, oval, heart, and triangular shaped faces will be able to pull this style off the best, but all hair textures are a go for this hairstyle. Ladies with curly hair will simply need to leave some face-framing layers down while pinning the rest of the hair up at the crown of the head. Women with wavy hair can follow the same procedure while women with straight hair will first need to add in waves with a curling wand or iron. Style note: To get the best updo, use medium sections of hair and gently twist them around and around until they curl up flat on the head. Then pin into place.
If you are looking for something a little more casual and carefree, check out Sunnie Brook Jones' sexy summer 'do. While this is technically a medium length hairstyle, it will work just as well for long hair too. This hairstyle will work best on round, oval, heart, and triangular shaped faces with a straight or wavy texture. To achieve this look, simply center part your hair and add in loose beachy waves by curling random sections around a curling wand, or letting the hair dry naturally while wrapped in a low bun. The color is another summery style must-have, too. Sunnie's natural-looking sun-kissed ends look fabulous in contrast with her darker roots. To get this look, ask your colorist to give you a subtle ombre effect.
With the exception of the leather dress, Melissa McCarthy is looking super summery here with blonde highlights and a sunset pink makeup palette. This is a great technique for brunettes to lighten up their look in the summer—simply add in some blonde highlights to the length of the hair as seen here, and go for some tropical makeup shades. In Melissa's case, her long hair with bangs looks fabulous when paired up with her sun-kissed highlights and bright coral pink makeup. This hairstyle looks gorgeous worn down with soft waves, but looks just as cute when pulled up into a chic bun or chignon.
As you can see, there are many glamorous hairstyles for ladies with long hair to flaunt this summer. Whichever look you go for, don't forget to finish off it off with a cool pair of sunglasses and some fantastic accessories!
These are just some of the best summer hairstyles this season—check back soon for more ideas!