On those super-hot summer days when loose hair feels like more effort than it’s worth, the easiest thing to resort to is a topknot. But keeping your hair up and out of your face doesn’t have to mean going for a boring bun.

Try these styles for a more exciting alternative:

Braids or plaits

Braids have been a go-to style for years, and it’s even better during summer when the heat gets too much for long, flowing waves. Try boxer braids, the fishtail plait, or even Dutch braids for effortless summer styling. 

High ponytail

The high ponytail is a classic. Sweep your hair up and add a little styling spray to keep your hair at bay. Pull out a few pieces around your ears and at the temples of your face for a softer look.

Pigtail knots

While the topknot has been a big trend lately, adding a second knot is a fun, youthful way of updating the look. Tie your hair into high pigtails and twist into knots, secure with bobby pins and a hold the look with finishing spray. Pantene’s 24hr Frizz Fighter (R74,99) works well.

Pantene Pro-V formula Smooth & Sleek Frizz-Cream


Swept-back glam

Sweep your hair back for a more sophisticated look that’s perfect for summer dates and parties, especially after you’ve spent the whole day in the pool or at the beach. Comb your hair back and add some mousse or styling cream to hold your hair in place. Secure with bobby pins just under your ears.