I've been trying to find some styles that I can put my hair in that I can (1) wear a few days at a time, (2) throw a hat over if I want (because I luv hats), and (3) doesn't require me to re-wet my hair constantly. So at a whim, this morning I took my hair down from it's usual bun that I've become quite bored with, and stretched my hair further (from it's already slightly stretched state because of the bun) with a warm blow dryer using the tension method, and then proceeded to put my hair into two french braids. I instantly loved the look. So, I think I will wearing my hair like this or some other variation regularly throughout the summer. It's perfect for the summertime heat. Also, these can easily be taken down and worn in a stretched/loose braidout if decide I want to get "cute", which is important to me as well.
I did a search of french braid pictures and see that french braided styles are quite popular. For your inspiration: