The Most Important Summer Beauty Accessory

It seems that almost every stylish girl we know rocks an impressive array of headpieces in the summer months. Whether its a delicate floppy style, a traditional straw topper, or a bold fabric turban, they each add a little something extra to an ensemble. More importantly, they’re great for protecting your head from sun exposure (UV rays damage your strands as well as your skin) and for controlling unruly summer hair. Knowing how intimidating hats can be (read: how ridiculous one can look if you get it wrong), we’ve pulled together some tips to help you choose the right on-trend hair accessory for you.

Flat-Brimmed Panama Hat

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The ubquitous fedora has (finally) been replaced by the chic Panama hat. It has a slightly wider, structured bill which gives it more of a menswear vibe. Pair it with separates like a poplin button-down and straight-leg jeans.

Ideal for: long, thick hair

The structure of a Panama hat balances the volume of long, thick hair. They typically have more room up top, which is great for those with loads of strands. Opt for a light-colored version like this one from Sensi Studio to keep your head cool, and use a strengthening serum at night to maintain those luscious locks.

Turban Headband

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Turbans have been on the rise for a while now, but its the turban-headband hybrid that we are particularly fond of. Available in an array of bright prints and easy to stow in your purse, they are ideal for days at the beach or running around town, particularly when paired with a colorful outfit.

Ideal for: curly hair or bangs

If you are blessed with natural curls, chances are the summer heat amps up the volume. Rather than crushing them under a stiff hat, choose a silky fabric headband that gently sweeps them off your face. Curl-enhancing mousse will keep the bounce in your locks.

Anyone with bangs knows how tricky a sweaty forehead can become. Headbands like this will help you avoid a greasy situation and look chic while doing it.

Floppy Straw Hat

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The floppy straw hat is summer's answer to the wintery, bohemian wool hat. Easy to wear and perfect for adding a little nonchalance to your look, the only difference is that the summer version comes in a lightweight fabric that won't make you overheat.

Ideal for: short, thin or frizzy hair

The straw hat is perfect for anyone with short, frizzy or thin hair. Short hair can be fluffed to stick out underneath, thin hair won't get slicked to your scalp (as it will with heavier hats), and frizzy hair will be contained without the dreaded hat-hair when you finally remove it. Add a lightweight glossing mist for a little shine that won't weigh down fine strands.