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Many of us would admit we weren’t looking our best during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. But with summer here, and life returning to a new normal, it’s time for a hairstyle reboot. Discover what ‘do feels right for you.
Soft Summer Waves
This season’s waves are more bendy than beachy. The softer, glam vibe looks just as good with a little black dress as a little bikini. The loose and open wave shape works with all types of cuts. Getting bendy waves right will take a little practice, but it’s worth it. Soft summer waves are especially appealing when shown off against bare shoulders. Look for an off-the-shoulder peasant dress or slip dress with spaghetti straps.
Shags are back in vogue. Going wavy keeps the new shag styles looking fresh and modern. To do the look full-on, get color accents, such as copper tones for blondes, warm gold for brunettes, or fantasy blue or purple on very dark hair. A wavy shag is easy to maintain, feels light, and has cool-girl chic. Try going boho at your next barbecue with your wavy shag. Complement your look with a patterned tunic dress or peasant top in line with summer fashion trends.
Toss the beautiful curls over to one side for a look that’s part classic, part spunky, and completely charming. Side-parted curls in a short cut look great with a baby-doll dress.
The pixie is a big move, but the results are dramatic. This summer, you’ll see pixies in natural sun-bleached colors as well as vivid fantasy hues like pink and turquoise. Pixie cuts range from super-short to medium lengths, but either way, the style is light, low maintenance, and fashion-forward. Try channeling Audrey Hepburn with black leggings and ballet flats or a vintage-look romper in a floral print.
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Braided Double Buns and High Pigtails
Long locks are lovely, but you need a way to get your hair off your neck in style when the summer heat strikes. If you wear box braids, try wrapping them into two space buns on top.
If you’re constantly throwing your hair into your default ponytail, try upping the fashion quotient by pulling it tight into a super-snatched high pony. Or go the cute route with two boppin’ pigtails. Pigtails and space buns are fun. Keep the mood going with retro accessories like chunky resin rings, colorful beaded necklaces, organza scrunchies, or retro mini claw clips.
Square Bob Cut and Grown-out Bobs
It seems that bobs are always around in one version or another. Square bobs are the trending bob now. This short, sleek style is a shortcut to celebrity chic this summer, especially if you get bangs. An elegant hairstyle shines bright when paired with an equally attractive outfit. Try a black sleeveless jumpsuit, hoop earrings, and strappy heels.
Another look to consider is the grown-out bob, the ’90s look with a 2021 refresh featuring soft face-framing layers. Light feathery bangs can be worn side-swept or parted in the middle. Want to plus it up with color? Try 1990s chunky highlights; they’re making a comeback.
Whatever your style leanings, it’s time to go forth and find the hairstyle that will empower you for summer 2021.