These are the best hairstyles for humid summer days 🔥

And they only take 20 minutes or less.

best summer hairstyles

If you survived the heat and humidity in the past weeks, congrats because it was a scorcher. The entire country is experiencing high temperatures, and as we continue to kick summer into high gear, we're discovering the easier the hairstyle the better your life will be.

Sure we're all about an easy bun, but it's cool to switch things up, too. And, whether you're busy caring for a newborn, running behind a toddler or battling the heat while pregnant, we have a few easy hair hacks that will take you less than 20 minutes to achieve.

We asked top celebrity hairstylists to offer a few easy looks you can create at home or even in the car while you're on-the-go. Plus, we included our favorite products to help you combat frizz and humidity even more.

Look hot (but don't feel hot) this summer with these humidity-proof hairstyles:

1. Twisted ponytail (even on short hair)


  1. Divide a large ponytail into two sections, then twist one section and wrap around the other section to create this casual twisted ponytail.
  2. Secure with bobby pins and small elastic holders. Create a tousled look with a styling iron.

2. Dutch braid

  1. Start with center-parted hair and brush out any tangles. You can even try this look on box braids (see photo). Place a section of hair over each shoulder—three small pieces (about half an inch or less) at your hairline.
  2. The key point to remember with Dutch braids is to weave each piece under rather than over. The piece on the right goes under the middle, and then the piece on the left goes under that.
  3. Repeat the pattern of crossing the right section under the middle strand, and then the left section under the middle strand.
  4. Keep adding more hair (about a half- to three-quarter-inch) from the root each time you weave a new section.
  5. Once you reach the nape of your neck, switch to a regular three-strand braid. Tie it off at the end with a clear hair tie.

3. Easy braided bun


  1. First step in creating this easy braided bun is to pull your strands back into a low bun, secured with a few pins. If you don't have curls or waves, use a curling iron to create mini curls throughout.
  2. If you want to elevate your easy bun hairstyle even further, incorporate a braid. Make sure that you've chosen your part and left a chunk of hair out of the wrap-up before twisting it up into your bun.

4. Messy pony


  1. If your hair is thin, add some body with textured waves using a texture spray. If your hair is on the thicker side, use a leave in conditioner or an oil for extra moisture.
  2. Once your hair is textured, use your hands to gently pull your hair back into a ponytail at the level of your choice.
  3. When your placement is just right, tie it off with a hair tie. Be sure not to wrap your elastic too tight, as you'll want to be able to pull a few pieces free before completing your look. Wrap into a low bun when the day get really messy.

What you'll need:

Tsubaki leave-on conditioner + detangler

Tsubaki leave-on conditioner + detangler

This light-weight, silicone-free conditioner is great for easy, on-the-go styling.


Goody roller pins

Goody roller pins

Pins for all types of hair. It's great for kids, too.


Bread beauty supply hair oil everyday gloss

Bread beauty supply hair oil everyday gloss

Almost like your favorite lip gloss, but for your hair, this silicone-free oil is meant for every-day usage.


Bio Ionic 3-in-one styling iron

Bio Ionic 3-in-one styling iron

Get limitless styling options in one device.


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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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