10 Fun Beach Hair Ideas You’ve Got to Try

Simple beach ideas that will have you basking in the sun in minutes.

Beach season, on! The bathing suit, sunscreen, hats, and snacks are packed. Now all that’s left is deciding how to style your hair. Less is more when it comes to styling for the beach. However, as you know, simple can be stunning and we love the messy, effortless look that’s typically associated with a day of carefree fun oceanside. From simple styles with hats to beautiful braids, check out our favorite beach hair looks, plus an awesome quiz towards the end where you can select your favorite look.

1. Beachy Hair Waves

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You can’t go wrong with beachy waves.

The quintessential look for the beach is coveted bouncy hair waves. While this look of natural ringlets looks incredible, not all of us are blessed with such curlicues. Fake this style before you go to the beach by finger scrunching your hair with some sea salt spray, like Nexxus Between Washes Beach Waves Tousled Texture Sea Salt Spray. This formula works to help create added texture with a lightweight hold. Get even more tips on how to create beachy waves with our in-depth hair tutorial.

2. Hair Down with a Hat

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Protect your head (and hair) with a cool beach hat this summer.

We all know the sun can effect our bodies as we lather up with sunscreen (SPF 50, please) but sometimes we neglect to protect our heads. This summer, be sure to protect your head (and hair!) with a hat. We love the look of big summer hats that can cover your entire head, but baseball hats, visors, etc are pretty awesome, too.

3. Messy Bun

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Rock the messy bun for a carefree hairstyle at the beach.

Go for an effortless ‘do that won’t bother you with a messy bun. You don’t need much skill with this look, especially since it’s key factor is the messy look. Basically grab your hair and twist it into a low or high bun and you are good to go.

4. Get Up and Go Pony

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Pony up and go. It can’t get any simpler than that for your beach-day look.

For more of a contained beach hair look, opt for the classic ponytail. This works well on those with medium-to-long hair where you simply brush your hair and place it in a ponytail. You’ll be having so much fun at the beach, you’ll forget all about your hair.

5. Braided Look

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A braid is a stunning way to get your hair out of your face at the beach.

By now you know how much we love braids, and that’s a good thing. Braids make it so easy to get your hair out of your face while creating a sophisticated and ultra-feminine style. While we adore fishtails, Dutch braids, and the like, save those braids for when you have more time. For your beach day, opt for a simple side braid that will stun and get you out of the house in minutes. If you tend to get frizzy strands along the side of your hair, use The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil before braiding. This lightweight oil will help smooth unwanted frizz while protecting your hair.

6. Dreadlock Styles

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Style your dreadlocks in a cool updo for the beach.

Those who have dreadlocks might have some challenges when planning their hair for a day at the beach. Consider creating a half updo where you locks can be contained at your face but loose at the ends. Another favorite is the high bun hairstyle.

7. Easy Dutch Braid

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Keep all your hair in place with a dutch braid.

Wearing a dutch braid is such an easy way to make sure your hair stays out of your face all day. Plus, it’s super trendy right now.

8. Space Buns

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Have fun with you hair! 

Want to step out of your comfort zone or just try a new style at the beach? Opt for these space buns.

9. Twisted Messy Bun

beach hair low updo
Go for an effortless, but still put-together look.

Create an extra touch to a simple hairstyle by adding twists to a low messy bun. If you’re looking to achieve more texture and even protection from the sun, spritz Bed Head by TIGI Beach Bound Protection Spray throughout your hair before putting it up.

10. Three-Strand Braided Ponytail

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You don’t need to worry about flyaways with this style.

You can’t go wrong with a three-strand braid. This is a great option if you have longer hair and want to wear your hair in a ponytail, but don’t want to deal with it blowing around in the wind, this is the perfect style to wear.

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