I hate having short hair. Don't get me wrong - I can completely appreciate it on other people, and I know many women who look fantastic with short hair. It's just not me... One year of my adult I had short hair, I completely hated it and grew it back out as quickly as I could.
That said, summer is summer, and wearing my hair down in North Carolina in July is a questionable proposition at best. I am not very fond of a bun - I have broad shoulders and when I wear my hair in a bun, my head looks too small. And the traditional ponytail gets boring after a while. So, I started experimenting with various ways of keeping my hair off my neck while keeping things interesting.
Here is a modified ponytail that gives a slightly fuller look while still keeping the hair out of the way. You can make it as tight or as messy as you want - it still looks good. My favorite version of this is after spending 10 minutes with a large-barrel curling iron to "plump" things up a bit and to make pretty tendrils around the face.
Brush out your hair and part the way you normally would.
Gather the top portion of your hair as if to make a half-updo and fix it loosely with a rubber band ("ouchless" are divine!)
Separate the bottom portion of your hair into two halves and pull them up and around the half-updo. You get a kind of "two-storied" pony tail.
Fix the second band with a decorative band or barrette - and you are done!
You can leave it as is, wrap the two tails around each other and pin them up into a loose bun, pin one up and leave one down - try all the different ways and let me know what you came up with. I would love to see photos!