Just because you're spending a casual day at the beach doesn't mean you need to look like something the tide washed in. A beach-friendly hairstyle should not only look good, but be light on the hair products and durable enough to last until the tide goes out. --Written by Sophia Darby
One look at actress Brittany Snow's soft hairstyle and it's no wonder why we've loved the bob hairstyle for so many decades. This versatile hairstyle looks totally fabulous anywhere -- even at the beach. The key to keeping this style looking fresh on the shore is not making it too structured. Put a little curl-enhancing mousse into your damp hair, scrunch it with your hands, and let it air dry into soft waves. The best part? If you get your hair wet at the beach, you can just scrunch it again and it'll dry back to the way it was.
Actress Minka Kelly might be sporting her fishtail braid on the red carpet, but this eye-catching braid works just as well for low-key events. To create a fishtail braid, sweep your hair into a low side ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Divide the ponytail into two equal parts. Grab a 1/2-inch piece of hair from the outer side of one section and pull it across the top of that section and into the other section. Now grab a 1/2-inch piece of hair from the outer side of the section you just added to and pull that 1/2-inch piece across and to the first section. Keep pulling 1/2-inch pieces and adding them to the opposite section until your braid is an inch or two from the ends. Secure with an elastic and you're done.
Actress Jill Marie Jones' fabulous-looking waves can be beach-friendly if you know how to create them without rollers. The key is to apply a medium-hold styling wax into damp hair, then wrap small sections of hair around your finger to create long corkscrew curls. Gently gather all your hair to one side and secure the hair with a couple of bobby pins at the nape of the neck. Let the summer breeze dry your curls naturally. When your hair is completely dry, remove the pins and finger comb your curls to separate them.
Actress Blake Lively's tiny tail keeps the front of her hair up and out of her way. This is perfect when you want to wear your hair down at the beach, but hate the wind blowing your hair into your face. This style really is the best of both worlds, and you can create it in seconds by running your thumbs upward from the front of your ears. Gather all the hair in this section and secure with a tiny elastic or a cute mini hair clip.
The Classic Ponytail
Actress Kathryn Hahn proves that the classics never really go out of style. The classic ponytail never disappoints and is always beach-safe. Just gather your hair back into a loose ponytail (it's a hairstyle, not a facelift) and secure with a soft elastic. Pull a few strands out around your face to soften the look.
The Quick Braid
Create actress Erika Christensen's messy braid by gathering your hair at the nape of the neck, then dividing the hair into three equal sections. Braid whatever hair hangs down past your nape and secure with an elastic. The more hair falls out around your face, the better. This style keeps your hair from becoming unruly, but doesn't look stiff while you're frolicking in the waves.
Actress Kaley Cuoco sported this adorable headband and pigtail combo for the Teen Choice Awards, but it's definitely beach material. You may or may not want to include the headband, but the pigtails are both fun and a little flirty. Just part your hair down the middle and secure each side with an elastic. For low-rider pigtails, pull each section of hair down to the nape of the neck and secure them there.
Model Jessica Stam shows off her creativity by adding a bang braid to her tousled waves. This is a great beach hairstyle if you're trying to grow out your bangs and need them out of your face for some fun in the sun. Just grab a front section of hair and divide it into three equal pieces. As you braid, add small, 1/2-inch sections of hair from behind the braid. This will attach the braid to the rest of your hair and hold it up and out of your face. Finish your braid with a small elastic and secure the braid, if it needs it, to the rest of your hair with a bobby pin or two.