Top 10 Sexy Summer Hairstyles

Our favorite famous trendsetters are hard at work rocking the season's hottest trends. Get ready for some serious mane inspiration, with tips to create the 'dos yourself!

By Kate Schweitzer

June 24, 2011 12:30 PM
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Ultra Curl

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? So, if your hair is going to expand with the humidity no matter what you do, you might as well have a little fun with it à la No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and her massive curls.
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Stick Straight

Still, Gwyneth Paltrow's trademark straight strands are back this season. Just be sure to soften flatironed locks with a touch of volume to avoid a too-harsh look.
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Bang-Free Boho Twists

Couldn't grow out those bangs by summer? We feel your pain. Full fringed Emma Stone, though, manages to keep them out of the way with a little twist and a well-placed bobby pin or two. (We also love her wavy locks pulled into a low, asymmetrical bun.)
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Top Knots

What's not to love about the top knot? Reality star Whitney Port clearly knows that in sweltering temps, it's the best way to get a heap of hair off your nape. Plus, for those vertically challenged ladies, a well-placed knot can add a few inches to your height.
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Banded Bun

Get up and go with Kim Kardashian's favorite casual 'do. A well-placed messy bun that's tamed by a simple, thin headband takes less than two minutes to perfect. It's ideal for day, but you can just as easily dress it up with statement earrings.
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Volumizing Highlights

Rachel McAdams loves playing with color (hello, hot pink lowlights), and summer is no exception. With a mix of platinum highlights and honey lowlights, the star shows how hues can help boost hair's depth on camera and off.
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Side Braids

Nothing says summer like a playful braid. Nicole Kidman opts for a fishtail braid, but any style of plaiting — from the mermaid to a Grecian face-framing one — will do the trick.
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Side-Swept

Sure, center-parts are traditionally thought to be more bohemian and summery, but Freida Pinto proves that a deep side part exudes sexiness — and plays up fierce cheekbones. Simply pin strands toward your temple if it begins to feel a little heavy.
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Beachy Waves

So what if you aren't actually at the beach. This care-free, tousled summer hairstyle is such a classic that fashion-forward Blake Lively dares to wear it all year long.
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Slicked Back

Look like you just stepped out of the pool with sexy, slicked back tresses, most recently rocked by Jennifer Lopez. It's as easy as it gets for styling novices — just wet your hair and comb it back. Fair warning: If your hair isn't trained to stay back, you'll need a heavy dollop of product to keep it in place.
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