All those Memorial Day barbeques officially announced the beginning of summer - which means it’s time to head to the beach and soak up the sun. While we love that a little salt water and sun can transform our look from buttoned-up to beach-friendly, you still have to face down the humidity that comes with all that heat. Not to mention figuring out how to prevent your hair from turning into a tangled mess after a dip in the ocean! Never fear. We can help you fight frizz and tame your tresses with these ten looks perfect for sitting pretty at the seaside:
Let go with loose waves or mix it up with a messy pixie. The trick? Minimal product, a quick tossle, and leaving your troubles behind on the boardwalk.
1. Perfect Loose Waves
It’s the iconic beach look - loose, wavy surfer-girl hair with the perfect balance of stylish and devil-may-care. Want to recreate the look without a beach? Then you’re going to need a texturizing spray, says Refinery29’s Maria del Russo. Use a little texturizing spray on dry or damp hair to get the look - then add sun and sand.
2. Messy Pixie
If you have short hair, you’re used to rolling out of bed and heading out the door. Give your beach day a little something extra with a super lightweight styling paste, suggests del Russo. It’ll make your layers pop to life and keep the frizz at bay.
Set it and forget it - that’s part of what makes stylish braided hair perfect for a day at the beach. Here are two styles you can play fast and loose while sipping drinks poolside or watching the waves roll in.
This braid adds playful texture to an otherwise simple hairstyle - the perfect way to dress up your long hair and keep it from getting mawed by the ocean. “Fishtails have a tendency to slip out, so before you begin styling spritz your hair” with a texture hair spray, advises Lauren Keller at Stylecaster.
Your go-to childhood favorite is back on trend, thanks to celebs like Alexa Chung and runway styles from Miu Miu and Chanel. Loose, braided pigtails are perfect for keeping your hair out of your face in the brisk sea breeze - except for those artfully tousled strands you meant to fall out of your hair tie.
You’ve got your cover-up and your beach reads, but you need to get from the shore to a coveted reservation in no time flat. The solution? Go for a high and tight top knot or a loose, low bun and that maître d’ will be none the wiser.
5. Top Knot
Simple, but effective, the top knot whisks your hair out of the way but looks ultra chic while you’re on the beach. Style cream will help you de-frizz the top of your head, while holding loose strands in place, offers del Russo. Just add the cream to your hands before sweeping your hair up into a knot.
6. Low Bun or Chignon
Don’t want to pull your hair up high? Try a low bun - or even a chignon - at the nape of your neck for poolside elegance. Just “[dunk] your hair in the water and pull it back in a sleek low bun for a classy beach style,” suggests Katharine McEntee at Bustle.
Ride the Pony
A little playful goes a long way when you spend your day in the sun. Try these two twists on an old favorite.
7. Side Pony
Unless you want to look like Kimmy Gibbler (of Full House fame), the key to the perfect side pony is keeping it low and loose.
Sweep your hair to one side and gather with a tie or clip near your neck. “I know it sounds simple,” writes McEntee, “but sometimes simple is best!” We couldn’t agree more.
8. High Pony
Admittedly, rocking a high pony takes a little guts. But, according to Lauren Keller at Stylecaster, if you leave a few choice pieces down to frame your face and mousse damp hair the night before, you’ll be turning heads all day long.
Who said the ocean isn’t for accessories? Stay cool and collected with these two beachy must-haves.
9. Floppy Hat
Whether you’re fair-skinned or simply want to keep the sun out of your eyes, a floppy straw hat provides shade and style in one fell swoop.
Check out Harper’s Bazaar for tons of summer hat-spriation.
Hey, if Beyoncé and J. Lo can pull off amazing head scarves to keep their hair under wraps, then you can, too.
Learn how to tie the perfect knot at PopSugar.
Summer Hair Care 101
When you head to the beach, you remember to slather on sunscreen and SPF lip balm, right? Of course you do!
But do you take time out to give your hair a little bit of extra TLC when you’re spending all day in sun and sea spray? Here are a few steps to get you started:
"Use the heat of the summer to your hair’s advantage! While you’re at the beach or poolside, treat your tresses to a deep-conditioning mask,” suggests celebrity stylist Gretta Monahan.
Our Sea Algae Hair Mask is a deeply reparative treatment that will restore, moisturize, and strengthen hair damaged from too much heat. We blend super rich oils and butters in a base of hydrating red algae collagen for healthy, strong hair.
Like Monahan advises, treat your hair to a mask while catching some rays. It’s the only kind of multi-tasking you should do all summer.
If you’re worried about dry, grassy locks from chlorinated pools, then it’s time to treat yourself to a spa day, suggest the editors of Women’s Health.
“Use a good cleansing shampoo (the bottle should say cleansing or chelating), then coat your hair with a thick deep conditioner and keep it on overnight,” Beverly Hills salon owner Stuart Gavert told the magazine.
Looking for your new favorite tools for the job? Try our Honey & Virgin Coconut Shampoo for a vigorous clean that’s gentle enough for colored hair.
Pair with our Moisture Drench Conditioner to strengthen and nourish dry, brittle hair and bring it back to life.
“Conditioner for hair is like water for the body: you’re always going to need it,” stylist Lorraine Massey told Marie Claire.
You can also rehydrate with essential oils, like coconut or macadamia nut, for healthy, hydrated hair. Just add a drop to your normal conditioner before applying.
Deep cleansing, overnight conditioning treatments, and essential oils will do wonders after weeks spent paddling in the pool.
Let It Go
Since it’s summer and the sun is high, let go of your heat styling tools and opt for one of our easy, breezy beach styles instead.
Extra heat this time of year can undo all the extra moisturizing you’re doing (or planning on doing!) and put you right back at square one.
A visit to the stylist might also be what the doctor ordered. If you’re hanging on to extra length, it’s time to get out the shears, says Huffington Post’s Dana Oliver.
“Make sure to frequently trim your ends to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and damaging hair,” she writes.
By scheduling a standing appointment with your stylist every four to six weeks, you’ll have stronger, healthier hair all summer long.
No matter your beach-babe look, we hope one of these easy hairstyles suits for summer. Whether you opt for a fancy fishtail braid or a classy chignon, you’re bound to get compliments for staying on trend while you’re on the beach.
Once you’ve toweled off all the sand and salt, remember to pay a little extra attention to your hair, too. It’s been through a lot after a day at the beach, after all.
Since your tresses will need a little extra hydration this summer - just like you need a little extra H2O during warmer weather - treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment a few times a week to restore your hair to its natural beauty.
Summer’s the time for pampering, so kick your heels up and enjoy your new, luscious locks.
Ponytails or loose waves? Tell us about your favorite look for the beach in the comments below: