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Real talk: styling your hair for the summer is tricky business. Your beach waves may look stunning, but it turns into a flat mess as soon as you step outside. The trick to looking cute throughout your summer activities is to keep your hair away from your face. So instead of doing a big ’90s blowout, go for effortless hairstyles that look and feel fresh.

In case your hairstyling skills are specific to only ponytails and buns (TBH, who has the time for anything else?), these five easy hairstyles will carry you through the season. Plus, they’re heatless and take only 10 minutes to recreate.

Zig-Zag Headband

Euphoria’s Maddy Perez knew what was up when she donned this '90s-style headband. The zigzag accessory serves some serious baddie aesthetic and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to functionality. It pulls up your hair, which makes your face looks lifted, and helps it stay put while you’re doing hot girl summer activities. 

If you have textured or thin hair prone to fizziness, give your tresses some love before stepping out into the sun. Apply TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Smoothing Mask once a week for smooth and shiny hair. This product also protects your mane from the sun, tames flyaways, and detangles hair in one wash.

Go Bananas with Bandanas

Did you know that the can damage your scalp? Dandruff, itchy scalp, and greasy hair can also be signs of too much sun exposure. Protect your roots — in a fashionable way — by like vlogger Kaye Esmas. If “grungy rockstar” is not your go-to vibe, don’t worry. Choose a bandana with a floral pattern for a romantic look or a plain silk one to emulate an elegant, “I summer in Tuscany” style. 

Baby Braids Ponytail

Recreate this model-off-duty look with a scrunchie and a few hair elastics. First, put your hair in a high ponytail. Then, separate the tail into a few sections and braid each one. Bella Hadid took a more minimalistic approach to this hairstyle, but you’re free to go wild. In terms of braids, go as chunky as you please. Personalize it by adding hair clips or leaving out some face-framing bangs.

Sleek Pinned Back Hair

If attending is sadly part of your summer activities, this ‘do is a cute, safe-for-work option. Bust out your hair clips collection and pick those that match your OOTD. The hardest part would be deciding how you want to . Here’s a little guide: the side part softens your features while the middle part accentuates your bone structure.

The secret to this hairstyle is keeping the hair pin-straight throughout the day. It might seem impossible without the help of a straightener, but your way around this is by using Sunsilk Expert-Perfect Straight Shampoo. Its Straight Lock Technology makes your hair look blow-dried without styling. That means you get an extra 15 minutes to your daily routine!

French Bubble Braids

Anyone who can do a French plait in under five minutes deserves a trophy. If you’re not a nominee for that award, why not try a much easier bubble braid to keep cool during summer activities?

To start, grab a small front section of your hair and secure it with an elastic. While holding the first tail, grab another section of your hair and tie the two together. Use your fingers to tease the space between the first and second hair ties, creating a “bubble.” Repeat the steps until you get to the bottom of your hair and do the same on the other side.

This hairstyle is also great for disguising second-day locks, which can look extra greasy during the summer. If the oily feeling on your scalp becomes intolerable but you don’t want to dry out your strands, use Sunsilk Naturals Watermelon Freshness Shampoo with peppermint extract. It deeply cleanses your scalp while giving hydration to your hair.

Enjoy your summer activities with these low-maintenance hairstyles – no more hair sticking to your forehead! Save this article for when you’re this close to impulsively getting a haircut (or bangs).