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Summer Hair Hacks by Sweep Salon Boulder

Braids to Keep You Cool and Chic All Season Long

Article by Abbi Sulaski

Photography by Poppy & Co. by Kelsey Huffer

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

As temperatures hit an all-time high for the year, July calls for getting creative while getting that hair off of your shoulders. Here is Sweep’s step-by-step guide of braids for all of your summer needs, from the hiking trail to the summer festival grounds. 

Pull-Through Braid with Space Buns

Red Rocks evenings are in full swing, and we know just the hairstyle! Part hair down the center. Create pull-through braids on each side of the head. Tie elastic at the end of the braids to create a ponytail at the nape of the neck. For extra volume in the buns, tease the hair in the ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Secure with hair pins and... Voilà!

Reverse Fishtail Braids

For all of your patio needs, all of the girls at lunch will love this style. Part the top half of the hair in two sections. Create fishtail braids (or braids of choice) and tie them together in the back of the hair. Add a fashion accessory around a ponytail for a little extra fun! 

Simple Updo

For your Saturday wandering the farmer's market, this will be a great go-to. Part the hair down the center or side part, if preferred. Create braid(s) on the side of the head and secure with elastic. Twist the hair with braids into a simple bun, securing it with hair pins. Add an accessory for a classy touch. One of our favorites is the Mesa Brass Hair Pin from Cedar and Hyde.

Simple Braid in a Pony Tail. 

For those warm summer hikes, this is an easy, but impactful style! Part a mohawk section of hair down the center of the head. Create a French braid down the middle. For a thicker-looking braid, gently pull on the strands working your way up and down the braid. Pull it back into a ponytail for a simple and trendy look!


Get your festival on with this cute hairdo! Place a bandana on the forehead and tie it in back. Create as many braids as desired in the back of the head, teasing the ends to avoid using elastics.