As much as we love our hair, it's hot outside and our necks need some cool-down time! So what else to turn to than braids? Not only are they super cute and versatile, but they also allow you to easier manage your summertime extra-curricular activities like swimming and exercising. Look on for 9 photos of braided inspiration.
Lace Pigtail Braids
Intertwine your hair with ribbons or lace for a delicate, innocent look.
Twisted Side Bun
Want your bang out of your face? Two-strand twist it down into your bun and use a bobby pin to clip into place.
Rope Braid Ponytail
This sophisticated look will always be convenient and sexy, no matter what time of year.
Goddess Braid + Fedora
Not only will your neck love you for letting it breathe, your whole face will enjoy the major break it's getting from those pesky UV rays.
Double Fishtail Bun
Jazz up your fishtail a bit by wrapping it up and around into a high bun, and keep your bangs out of your face with the cute headband.
Low Side Braid + Dutch Braided Headband
Why not combine two timeless looks into one? This style is both chic and edgy--great for work and then happy hour.
Chunky Halo Braid
Let a few pieces hang loosely underneath so they flow with the wind.
Double Waterfall Braid
Give the illusion of a beautiful crown for your long locks.
The ladder braid holds the top half of your hair up, allowing for a breezier feeling in the summer heat.