Summer Hairstyles with Hair Extensions

It always feels like summer in sunny California. But there’s something different about summertime here. It’s not about the changing seasons like it is in other cities—it’s more about the lifestyle shift. Pool parties and beach days bring carefree vibes and nostalgic playfulness!

As a hand-tied extensions specialist in natural beaded rows hair extensions (NBR) and invisible bead extensions (IBE), I love emulating that feeling in my client’s fresh summer hairstyles. After applying the extensions, I custom cut and color their hair for a refreshed, healthy summer hair makeover. The final result? A renewed hair glow-up that’s ideal for rocking summer hairstyles for long hair.

These 2022 summer hairstyles are super trendy and easy to pull together, especially with hair extensions. Add one of these summer hairstyles to your go-to looks and go enjoy the summer sun!

Tousled Low Pony

This low-key summer hairstyle is laidback and a little messy (on purpose!). The tousled low pony works best with a center part for a sleeker look and added volume from hair extensions. And a few strands out of place––like when you’ve got the windows down and you’re cruising the coastal highway––only enhance this style.

For that lived-in hair vibe, add a texturizing spray to start. Gently gather your hair into a loose ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a hair tie. Slightly tug your hair at the crown for more volume. To add a little bit extra to this style, wrap a small piece of hair around your hair tie and secure it with a bobby pin. Pull a few pieces of hair out to frame your face forward to complete this look.

Top Knot Bun

Enjoy that ocean breeze and keep your hair high and dry with a classic top knot bun. Hair extensions give your bun that much-needed fullness. Or if you’re lounging poolside, a top knot is a fun and functional summer hairstyle that will keep your hair away from the chlorine, especially important for hair extensions.

Gather all your hair, brush it into a high ponytail at the crown of your head, and secure it with a hair tie. Split your ponytail into two equal sections and twist them together. Take your twisted hair and wrap it around your hair tie to create a bun. Add bobby pins to hold it in place. Finish your top knot bun with a spritz of flexible hold hairspray to keep everything in place.

Mermaid Waves

2022 summer hairstyles

Want something different than the usual beachy waves? Change it up with enchanting mermaid waves! These waves are one of the best summer hairstyles for long hair (perfect for hair extensions!) with loosely crimped strands rather than windswept tresses. Head to the beach or dress up for a night out with this stunning summer hairstyle.

Prep your hair with serum for fresh-from-the-sea volume. Instead of reaching for a standard curling iron, grab a 3-barrel curling iron for a softer finish! Starting about two inches from your roots, hold the iron at a 45-degree angle to elongate the wave, then clamp the iron down on your hair. Continue this method through the mid-lengths of your hair to your ends. After you’ve made your seaside waves, run a wide-tooth comb through your hair for that undone mermaid look. (We know Ariel used a fork, but a comb is a bit more effective!) Finally, use a texturizing spray for hold and texture. Then apply hair oil to smooth curls and add an all-over shine to your magical mane.

Boho Braid


Head to the beach bonfire or sunrise yoga in the sand with a soft and effortless braid. Hair extensions give you nice thick strands and extra length in this summer hairstyle. And a boho braid is perfect if you want a relaxed and loose look instead of something tight and neat.

Start with a small plait at the crown of your head. Add more hair to each section as you move to the next plait. Keep the braid loose to get that boho style. After you’ve weaved all your hair into the braid, secure it with a hair tie and gently pull at the braid to add some thickness. Gather some wispy strands at the front of your face and spritz your braid with shine spray as a finishing touch.

Sunkissed Summer Hairstyle Goals


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Make your healthy and bright summer hair dreams a reality! Get vibrant and natural-looking voluminous locks with hand-tied extensions at my luxury salon in Temecula, CA. Book your consultation to refresh your hair and reach new lengths with your summer hairstyles.

Let me know which 2022 summer hairstyles you’re going to try in the comments below! And if you want more hair inspo, check out my simple hairstyles for hair extensions.