Top 14 Hairstyles For A Fantastic Beach Vacation

Are you heading out on a beach vacation? First of all, we couldn’t be more jealous! There’s nothing better than time in the sun by the water with the sand on your toes.

Now, if you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to hairstyles for your vacation, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! There are tons of different ways to mix up your look while still getting a hairstyle that will stand up to the wind, water, and sun. You’re also probably looking for hairstyles that will help to keep your hair off your neck and out of your face so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Check out these 14 incredible hairstyles for the beach before you take off on your vacation and there’s no doubt you’ll be looking your best every step of the way!

Beach Waves

The most classic beach hairstyle you can probably think of is beach waves. These textured and tousled waves are commonly the results of the humidity and the saltwater your hair gets exposed to while at the beach.

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While you might get these beautiful waves naturally at the beach, it’s possible to create them all on your own! Pick up a saltwater beach wave product, or even go for a beach wave perm. You’ll be able to create these gorgeous waves at any time of year, but most importantly, you can get them while you’re at the beach.

Messy Updo

When you want to stay cool but you also want to look chic, the messy updo is always a good go-to! Throw your hair up into a bun with an elastic and use pins to pin any flyaways in place. You can pull down a few pieces to frame your face for an even more casual and tousled look.

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Don’t be afraid to let loose when it comes to this hairstyle. The messier your bun is, the better!

Side Braids

Side braids are great for many reasons. They’re the perfect go-to hairstyle when you want to wear your hair down but don’t feel like washing it. They are also super cute with both long and short hair.

Make your side braids tight to your head, or go for something looser and more natural looking. You’ll be able to get your hair out of your face while still looking put together.

Low Bun with Braids

We love a low bun with braids! This look is so easy to do but can leave you looking beachier than ever – especially if you go for the messy look.

Brain a few front sections of your hair back into one or two braids, and then gather the end of the braids with the rest of your hair into a low bun. This look takes very little time but can look super cool while you’re at the beach.

Messy Fishtail

If you haven’t tried a fishtail before, there’s no better time than when you’re about to hit the beach! This style can be especially great for those with long hair who don’t want the wind and water to leave their hair tangled.

Watch a tutorial on how to do the fishtail braid and pull out some face-framing pieces for a relaxed look.

When you take out your fishtail braid, you’ll be left with a super cool crimped look – a major bonus!

Hair Accessories

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If there are two things that are certain to go together, it’s the beach and hair accessories! There are so many fun accessory options to play with, whether it’s a headscarf, a beach hat, a headband, fun beachy clips, or even a flower crown!

Hair accessories are an awesome way to add to your beach look and can even be complementary to your favorite bathing suit.

Bubble Ponytail

The bubble ponytail is a must-try! It’s the perfect way to spice up your regular ponytail and keep all of your strands in place.

Simply tie your hair into a normal high or low ponytail, and then add regular or clear hair bands a few inches apart all the way down the ponytail. Pull each of the sections from either side to create a nice little bubble in each. You can make this hairstyle as clean or messy as you like!

Space Buns

No one ever had a bad day while wearing space buns! Separate your hair into two sections and secure each side into a ponytail so you end up with two pigtails. These can either be low pigtails or high pigtails.

Twist each of the pigtails around each other until you have your desired bun shape and secure each one with pins.

You can get creative by adding French braids to the base of your space buns. The possibilities are endless!

High Curly Pony

The high curly ponytail is perfect for your beach vacation! Why? Because it’s one of the easiest hairstyles to take from daytime to nighttime. You can rock your pony during the day and then quickly slip into a dress to head out to dinner in the evening.

You can make your curly ponytail as sleek and clean or messy and tousled as you like! 

Major bonus if you have naturally curly hair. All you have to do is throw it up into your ponytail, and you’ll be good to go!

Double Dutch Pigtails or Buns

If you’re looking for a cutesy hairstyle for the beach, double dutch pigtails or buns are fantastic options! Create your double dutch braids from the base of your head. You can then braid them all the way down or stop at the base of your head and add an elastic to create two pigtails.

Braids to pigtails or buns can be done high or low. Either way, they’re guaranteed to be 10/10 adorable!

Half Up, Half Down

You might not want to wear your hair completely down, which makes the half up, half down hairstyle a fantastic option.

Section off the top half of your hair and tie it into a high ponytail or bun. You can pull out the front pieces of your hair to frame your face, or even use a French braid to lead up to your ponytail or bun. This look is especially great for those in between hair washing days!

The Wet Hair Look

The Kim K wet hair look is perfect for your beach vacation! It’s a fantastic way to look beachy while still looking put together. Wash your hair and towel dry it. You can then use a small combination of gel and cream to run through the hair. You’ll be left with a chic, wet look that’s sure to last you all day and night long!

Sleek High Bun

When you want to put all your hair up on top of your head, but you also want to look put together, the sleek, high bun is a great go-to. Start by brushing your hair straight back and then gathering it into a ponytail on top of your head. Wrap the ponytail into a nice tight bun and secure it with pins. Make sure there aren’t any flyaways in your bun.

You can then take some product and use it to slick back the hair from the root. Add a middle part for a little extra spice!

Low-Key Braid

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Another extra simple hairstyle for the beach is a simple single braid down the middle of your back. All you need to do is create a simple braid. It can be as loose or tight as you like it, however, we personally love the loose, more tousled look when it comes to braids.

Pull out some face-framing pieces and consider adding a head scarf to your braid for some extra pizazz!

Choose the Best Hairstyle for Your Beach Vacation

There are plenty of great beach vacation hairstyles to choose from, but which one is best for you? Here are a few quick tips!

First, consider your hair type. If you have straight hair, then you’ll likely want to choose a style that’s going to give you texture and volume. If you have curly hair, then you’ll likely want to pick something that will accentuate your curls and provide you with extra definition.

If you’re still not sure what beach vacation hairstyle is best for you, or how to do it yourself, our hair stylists are here to help! Book in for your next hair appointment and ask your stylist about what hairstyle they would recommend. They’ll finish your cut or color with a complimentary styling which you can then learn and take to the beach with you. We hope you have a great vacation!

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