10 Gorgeous Ways to Style Beachy Hair

Although beachy hair comes more naturally during the summer months, it looks indisputably great on women year-round. Whether you’re dreaming of your next seaside vacation or simply want to look at bit healthier during winter, you can’t go wrong experimenting with these 10 hair styling options. Give some of these easy looks a try, and we bet your friends will be asking if you’ve just come back from an island getaway.

1. Bouncing in a high ponytail

Model Hannah Davis attends The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater

You can never go wrong with a high ponytail. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

There’s something about beachy hair that makes women look incredibly sporty. It leads people to believe you spent the morning surfing or running along the boardwalk, even if you haven’t worked out in days. To complete the athletic look, simply pull your beach hair into a high ponytail. Everyone you meet will think of you as a coastal fitness buff, which certainly isn’t a bad image to have.

2. The half up-do

Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Your can wear your hair down and still keep it out of your face. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jessica Chastain will permanently top the list of best red carpet hair for her wavy, half up-do style at the 2012 Oscars. To recreate this look, try using a large-barrel curling iron. Victoria’s Secret relies on a special curling tool for their models’ fashion show glam, but any similar product will do the trick. 

3. With a top-knot bun


Model Jasmine Sanders attends the 2nd Annual StyleMaker Awards

The top-knot bun was made for summer leisurely fun. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

No hair style screams California beach babe quite like a top-knot bun. To achieve this look, take your uppermost layer of hair and tie it into a ponytail directly on top of your head. Next, wrap the ponytail’s strands around the hair tie, as if you’re creating a ballerina bun. Use another, thinner hair tie to keep the bun in place, then secure it with hairspray.

4. Braided into a loose fishtail

Eva Longoria attends the "Foxcatcher" premiere

Your friends will surely be jealous of this hair style. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Voluminous braids look so healthy and gorgeous — particularly during the summer months. If you’ve always wanted to have a thick braid, know beach waves add ideal texture and volume. And instead of weaving a standard braid, take the look a step further by creating a fishtail, which makes you look extra nautical. 

5. Naturally unkempt

Blake Lively attends the "Mr Turner" premiere

Unkempt hair can look amazingly sexy. | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

No one does beach hair better than Blake Lively, who somehow always looks like she’s just emerged from a dip in the ocean. To achieve her hair’s beachy texture, we love using a texturizing spray. It’s as easy as that. 

6. Pulled to one side

June Ambrose attends 2016 Fashion Group

Keep it simple and just throw your hair to the side. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Beachy waves can feel pretty unruly, especially for women with a lot of hair. To control your mane while simultaneously showing off its pretty texture, pull all of your locks to one shoulder. Use a hair tie to keep it secure at the base of your neck, then run a hair oil through it to smooth out any frizz. After just one wear, we guarantee you’ll continue turning to this look.

7. Cut into a chic lob

Actress Emma Roberts

Try out a lob if you want a new look. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

If you’ve read our previous hair style roundups, you know how much we adore the stylish lob, especially for women whose hair grows on the thinner side. But even better than a straight or angled lob is the wavy lob. Emma Stone and Emma Roberts have mastered this beachy style, and with a bit of texturizer, you can too. If your hair tends to fall flat, use a texture-enhancing gel for lasting waves with plenty of movement.

8. Hanging in a low ponytail

Actress Carmen Electra

Low ponytails are made for the nighttime. | Angela Weiss/Getty Images

This weekend look is perfect for running errands, going to a yoga class, or cooking at home. If you’re afraid a low ponytail is too plain, we recommend tying it back using an elegant hair accessory. Think bun cuffs, ponytail clips, barrettes, and pins. You’ll love how healthy this hair style makes you look. 

9. Fastened in a messy bun

Amina Blue attends the UNIQLO Fall/Winter 2016 Carine Roitfeld collection launch

There’s nothing wrong with sporting a bun. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

If you’re running late and don’t have time to properly style your bed head, just pull it up into a messy bun and head out the door. This boho-chic style can elevate any look into something incredibly laid back, so no matter how dressed up you are, no one will ever think you’re trying too hard.

10. Half slicked back

Actress Priyanka Chopra

Combat frizz and just throw all your hair to the side. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

If you’re worried about your beach hair getting frizzy throughout the day (and we don’t blame you), we recommend tightly pulling half of your hair back and fastening it with a hair-tie, clip, braid or bobby pins. This hair style allows you to keep a lesser amount of the texture around your neck, without having to deal with frizzy bangs and upper layers.