Easy, breezy beach hairstyles you should try this summer!

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Summer (AKA our favourite season of the year) is just around the corner (at least we hope!), which means it’s about time we all brush up on our knowledge of beach hairstyles. We mean, who doesn’t want to look fabulous on vacay, right?

Luckily, with so many gorgeous beach hair ideas out there, you’re spoilt for choice on which styles to rock. That’s why we’ve selected our 5 favourite beach hairstyles from Instagram that we think you should be flaunting (or at least try out) this summer. To find out what they are – and learn how to create them – just keep scrolling!

Top 5 beach hairstyles from Instagram


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Beach hairstyles: Peekaboo braids. Credit: Instagram.com/hayleybambismith

Peekaboo braids

For a super-simple-to-achieve, yet utterly chic beach look, opt for peekaboo braids. These teeny-tiny plaits will show when your hair blows in the wind and stay hidden when it’s not so breezy (hence their name).

To get this look, take a 1 or 2-inch section of hair from the under layers your mane and braid using the traditional 3-strand plaiting method. Then secure it a few inches from the end with a clear elastic band. Continue plaiting different sections around your head, always ensuring that they’re taken from underneath. Credit: @hayleybambismith

Beach hairstyles: Head band wrap. Credit: Instagram.com/_lilikoi

Headband wrap

Protect the top of your hair from frizzing in the heat by wrapping a headband around your crown for that nonchalant, Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired look that’s just perfect for roaming the clear blue seas. For added textures and cool bohemian vibes, spritz some Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*) and lightly tease the ends of your hair to create a messy bedhead look to go with your relaxed attitude. Credit: @_lilikoi

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Beach hairstyles: Effortless ponytail. Credit: Instagram.com/inthefrow

Effortless ponytail

A loose ponytail is every lazy girl’s hair dream. Whether it’s curly, wavy, straight or even frizzy, throw your hair up into a messy-looking, loose ponytail to keep your strands out of your face while you’re on the beach. Remember: this charm of  this ‘do is all in the imperfections, so don’t worry about the loose strands and wispy flyaways: they’re all part of the overall laid-back effect. Try massaging the TIGI Bed Head Joyride Texturising Powder Balm (£16.95*) onto your roots. This balm will help create a lived-in texture without leaving your hair feeling crunchy. Credit: @inthefrow

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Beach hairstyles: Loose half-up, half-down plait. Credit: Instagram.com/alexisren

Loose half-up, half-down plait

Suitable for sunbathing by the pool, or brunching in a beach club nearby, this loose, half-up, half-down ponytail plait makes for a super versatile summer do’ – and is one of our all-time favourite beach hairstyles. To achieve this look in minutes, gather a 4-5-inch section of hair from the top of your crown and loosely plait, making sure that your braid falls in the middle, down of the back of your head. Use the pancaking technique to loosen it even more for a breezy, laid-back, beach vibe. Credit: @alexisren

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Beach hairstyles: the “bun-dana”. Credit: Instagram.com/matildadjerf


It’s no secret that messy buns are nearly every girl’s go-to beach look. Why? Because they’re super easy to style and can help you keep hair off your face at the same time.

This summer, we suggest taking your bun one step further by styling it with a quirky bandana, a style we’ve aptly named “the bun-dana”! After you’ve created your messy bun (read our step-by-step tutorial, here), simply accessorise with your favourite bandana and whey presto: a pretty, fuss-free beach hairstyle!

Tip: to really set your messy bun, use a light mist of the VO5 Classic Ultimate Hold Hairspray (400ml,£3.29*) to help it stay in place all day. Credit: @matildadjerf.

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