Get the Perfect Beach Hair: 10 Beach Hairstyles to Try

Sand, sun and water sounds like a blast, but also like a recipe for beach hair disaster. Embrace the elements and get ready for a fun day at the beach with these 10 fabulous beach hairstyles that are effortlessly stylish and can handle some sand, too!

Beach Hair Guide

Mermaid Braid 

Why We Love It: Casual yet stylish, the fishtail braid is a great way to keep hair off the nape of the neck.

Get the Look: To get Maria Menounos’ volume, try Kerastase Lift Vertige Root Uplifting Gel on damp hair, then blow dry. Once your hair is dry, these step-by-step tutorials on how to style a fishtail braid will get you off to the right start and inspire you for even more beach day looks. Use bobby pins to tame any flyways and finish the look.

Beach Hair - The Mermaid Braid

Sunkissed Locks

Why We Love It: Sarah Hyland’s ombre ‘do looks like she just stepped off the beach. It’s sexy, natural and looks perfectly sun kissed.

Get the Look: Ombre hair color is the name of the game with this beach-ready look. Talk to your stylist about what would look best on you and get inspired with these 30 ombre hair colors.

Beach Hairstyles - Sunkissed Locks

Beachy Bedhead

Why We Love It: If anyone knows how to do bedhead right, it’s the Olsen twins. This flirty, just-out-of-bed look is easy to style, too!

Get the Look:  “Using a 1-1/2 barrel iron, start at the mid-shaft and spiral hair switching directions on each section. Leave ends out for an unfinished look, ” says Natasha Sunshine, Pureology Ambassador and founder of Before setting, Sunshine recommends using Pureology Cuticle Polisher Shine Serum followed by a pea-sized amount of Pureology Cuticle Polisher afterward to blend all sections together.

Beachy Bedhead Hair

Sassy Ponytail

Why We Love It: A sassy ponytail like this one seen on Lauren Conrad has plenty of beach day spirit and keeps the hair off your neck on a hot day.

Get the Look: For this look, start with second day hair either from a wavy blow dry or natural air dry. Pull hair back into a high ponytail. To smooth flyways around the face, Sunshine recommends Pureology Density Definer Medium Hold Crème Wax. “Scrunch remaining product into the ends for added volume and shine. Lastly, take a piece from your pony and wrap itaround your elastic to hide it. Secure with a bobby pin underneath the pony to keep it hidden,” Sunshine says. 

Sassy Summer Ponytail

Tousled Waves

Why We Love It: From a day at the beach to the red carpet, Emma Watson’s tousled waves can go just about anywhere.

Get the Look: Start with clean, dry hair. Section hair into one-inch pieces and curl with a small barrel 1/4 to 3/4-inch curling iron, wrapping hair around the wand. Finish with a touchable strong hold hairspray like Sebastian Shaper Plus.

Tousled Waves

Naturally Gorgeous

Why We Love It: It’s natural and easy — what more can you want out of a beach day hairstyle?!

Get the Look: Embrace your hair’s natural style to get this look. Start with clean hair and apply Kerastase Spray à Porter Beach Texture Spray to towel dried hair. If needed, scrunch hair and then let air dry without touching your locks as this will only add frizz. Once dry, use a curling iron as needed to touch up small pieces.

Naturally Gorgeous Hair

Rumpled Bob 

Why We Love It: Short hair looks effortlessly stylish with Leighton Meester’s naturally undone look.

Get the Look: Let your hair air dry before starting this look. Then, “scrunch in a dime-sized amount of Pureology Piecing Sculpt High Holding Sculpting Fiber Paste,” says Sunshine. “Using a two-inch barrel curling iron, spiral hair in a candy cane fashion around the iron, switching sections by winding forward and backward for a more natural effect. Only curl every other section if you have a natural wave, otherwise go ahead and curl all sections. Add another dime-sized amount of Piecing Sculpt and scrunch finished sections together.”

Rumpled Bob Hairstyle

Braided Headband 

Why We Love It: This youthful hairstyle perfectly captures the beach day attitude.

Get the Look: Start with clean, dry hair. Create an off-center part and French braid a section on each side of part. “The trick here is to leave out one of your three sections on each turn of your braid. To secure braid without using a hair band, use a long grip or bobby pin and slide directly in to the finished braid. Use two if necessary and crisscross for added security,” Sunshine says. 

Braided Headband

Beach-Ready Accessories 

Why We Love It: In a hurry but want a cute hairstyle? Try a hat like this summery fedora seen on Lucy Hale.

Get the Look: Hats, summer scarves and cute headbands are a great way to update second day hair for a beach-ready look. Check out these awesome hair accessories for some inspiration on what to add to your beach day hairstyle.

Beach Hair Accessories

Sexy Bedhead 

Why We Love it: This perfectly undone look as seen on Ashley Benson is a total breeze to achieve.

Get the Look:Spray damp hair with Pureology Sea-Kissed Texturizer Salt-Free Tousle Mist. Let hair air dry and then curl hair with a two-inch barrel curling iron in a checkerboard fashion, skipping every other section. Once finished, scrunch ironed hair and natural hair together for an undone, bedhead effect,” Sunshine says.

Sexy Bedhead Hair

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