16 Runway-Inspired Beach Wedding Hairstyles to Try

Alyssa François | 09 July 2016
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Beach wedding hair ideas that are far from the norm.

Gone are the days when weddings are played by the rules, or done in the traditional way. These days many brides are opting for celebrating their wedding by doing anything but the norm whether it’s walking down the aisle in a blue dress, or opting for a non-traditional wedding hairstyle. And just because your wedding is on the beach, it doesn’t mean you’re bound to style your hair in an expected undone wavy hairstyle to complement the location. We took cues from the runway to give you some of the best beach wedding hairstyles to try. From sleek hairdos to barely-there waves, read on to check out some of our favorite (and maybe even unexpected!) beach wedding hair ideas to try out this season.

Get the Look: Beach Wedding Hair Ideas for Your Big Day

beach wedding hairstyles side braid
A simple yet elegant style with the side braid. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Side Braid

Back in the day, braids were probably one of the least expected beach wedding hairstyles, and this is why you should go for it! We have a soft side for vintage and modern hairstyle mixed together. To create the beehive, tease hair at the crown then gather ends together to create a braid. Opt for any kind of braid you fancy. If you for a fishtail, try the inverted version for a beachy Bohemian flair.

beach wedding hairstyles sexy barely there waves
Chic, effortless waves for your big day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Sultry barely their waves

Want something a little more fancy than beach waves? Create a soft wavy hairstyle for your beach wedding. Prep hair with TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray then use a large barrel hair wand to create your sexy wave. Finish off with a hair serum to add some shine to your mane.

beach wedding hairstyles floral crown accessory
Low key style with some stylish vibes. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Floral Crown Headpiece

Pair a crown hairpiece with an updo or keep your hair down. Whichever way you choose to style your hair, be sure that your crown will sit comfortably on your head.

best beach wedding hairstyles with straight hair
Get pin-straight hair for your wedding. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Sleek Hair

Opt for a sleek and trendy look for your beach wedding. Prep clean your hair with TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray then flat iron bone straight. To make sure your style stays sleek outdoor, use a humidity resistant gel, like TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Firm Control Gel. Smooth your hair down from root to above right above your ears and allow your style to dry.

beach wedding hairstyles sexy side part hairdo
A cool combo with gelled hair with a deep side part. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Romantic Gelled Waves

Style your hair into a head-turning vintage inspired wavy hairstyle. Straighten your hair, then use your flat iron to create a soft retro wave on your hair. Part hair on the side then apply TRESemmé Mega Firm Control Gel to sculpt hair into a large billowy finger wave.

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A sleek half-up style will get your hair out of your face for your wedding. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Sleek Half-Up

Complete your sexy beach wedding look with a simple, yet classy hairstyle. Prep your hair with TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spraythen straighten for a sleek finish. Part hair from ear to ear then gather into a tight ponytail.

beach wedding hairstyles natural afro
Embrace your natural texture with a beachy afro. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. The Beach ‘Fro

For your beach wedding the last thing you need is for your blown out afro to be reverted back to curls and turned into a frizz fest. Wash hair with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Shampoo followed by conditioning with  Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Conditioner to fight frizz. After washing hair, add a heat defense leave-in conditioner like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat-Defense Leave-in Conditioner then blow dry hair into the rounded shape you want.

beach wedding hairstyles updo
A safe yet high-impact style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Undone Updo

Consider this style one of the safest beach wedding hairstyles to try. With any type of outdoor wedding, you’ll have to put unexpected weather conditions into consideration. In your mind, you’ll have a warm, breeze-less day, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Pull hair up into a mussed-up updo and add a few accent braids for an on-trend touch. Finish your hairstyle with a hairspray formulated to resist all weather conditions, like TRESemmé Climate Protection Finishing Spray.

beach wedding hairstyles crown braid
Keeping it sweet and (sorta) small makes it less likely to unfurl.

9. Crown Braid

A subtle, dainty crown braid, done with a bun, will never not be a hit. A braid ties into the inherent boho wedding feel of any beach wedding, while its headband-like style makes sure flyaways and loose wisps are still kept reasonably tucked away. The chignon also comes in handy if humidity spikes, as it keeps you looking polished even when the back of your neck starts prickling up. Keep the look touchable yet controlled with a light-hold hairspray, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine-Mist Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

beach wedding hairstyles with half-up twist
Show off those sun-streaked highlights, while you’re at it. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Half-Updo Twists

Some beach weddings are more relaxed than others—sometimes they’re held right on the sand, or guests can actually go barefoot, etc. In the event of tropical-chic scenarios like these, understated polish wins every time. Beach hairstyles that are done in loose, salty waves and parted in the middle, then twisted off to each side as in a half-updo, gains you pretty points without any ounce of stuffiness. Since we’re not dunking in the ocean just yet (ask us again after four caipirinhas…), maximize this island-girl sultriness with a salt spray such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.

beach wedding hairstyles on long hair
Rock your long hair in a gorgeous wavy ponytail for your wedding.

11. Wavy Low Ponytail

Sleek, austere ponies might reign supreme when land-locked, but maintaining poker-straight strands, even on naturally straight hair, is an exercise in futility at seaside and destination locations. The last thing you want is to be eternally fussing over wayward locks every time you hit some ocean spray or when a tropical breeze wafts by. Go with a sexy, wavy ponytail instead that’s positioned right at your nape—it’s gives a great foil to fun, colorful ear accessories and also puts the spotlight on this year’s erogenous zone: the neck. Some light hair oil smoothed onto your ponytail base, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil, keeps these types of beach hairstyles manageable without a greasy, sticky feeling.

beach wedding hairstyles with box braids
Worn as a not or turban-like, the box braid updo is always a sophisticated choice.

12. Box Braid Updo

Box braids are a phenomenal beach hair look for natural textures. They’re frizz-proof and have just the right amount of polish, especially when rendered into a sophisticated updo. They also retain a natural earthy aesthetic that’s perfect for outdoor and island venues. We like prepping hair with a conditioning serum such as Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum before braiding the hair. Afterwards, affix your braids into a cool half-updo or, for more conservative events, a neat top knot—the structured look gorgeously offsets dainty off-the-shoulder dresses and wispier gowns.

beach wedding hairstyles with acessories
A low elegant bun with accessories is always a good idea. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Low Bun with Accessories

And before we go any further, by accessory, we mean one small tropical touch, like a pink floral hair brooch or an actual handpicked bloom, tucked into your bun as a flirty accent. Absolutely no floral crowns, please, as these are perilously near bridal territory. A side-parted loose bun—given some hold and structure with a mousse, such as Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse—nestled near your nape is a universally-flattering beach hair look that’s loose enough for a romantic destination wedding. Misting it with some hairspray, such as TRESemmé Climate Protection Finishing Spray, keeps it in place even after the conga line.

beach wedding hairstyles high bun
Get your hair off your back for your wedding with a high bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. High Bun and Braids

If your wedding is during the day, it will likely be pretty hot! Save yourself from frizz, dryness by rocking this high octopus bun. Pair it with an accent braid and you have one ethereal look for your big day.

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A classic style for your beach wedding. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Chignon

For a more formal beach wedding, opt for this curly chignon. We just love how the curls are defined this this style that will also ensure that your hair will stay in place throughout your wedding.

beach wedding hairstyles curly hair
Let your curls be free for your wedding. Photo credit: indigitailimages.com

16. Half-Up Curls

Do you have natural curls and want them to be free and flowing for your wedding? We love that! After you dry your hair with a diffuser, apply some mousse to your hair to help define your ringlets. Place your hair in this half-up style, or leave it as is for the ultimate in goddess wedding hair.

Looking for more inspiring wedding hair ideas? Check out this collection of some of our favorite wedding braids.

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