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How to Have Great Beach Hair

“Great beach hair” doesn’t have to be an oxymoron, if you follow our advice.


  • Step 1: Apply leave-in conditioner Before you head to the beach, wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo, use a good conditioner, and then apply a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.
  • TIP: Use baby shampoo every other time you wash your hair; Floridians swear this helps combat humidity-induced frizzies.
  • Step 2: Take along anti-frizz spray Toss an anti-frizz hair product into your beach bag and spray it on every few hours.
  • Step 3: Wear a beach hairstyle Wear your hair in a beach-friendly hairstyle, like slicked back or in loose braids.
  • Step 4: Bring a hat Bring a hat. A wide-brimmed straw hat tied under the chin with a scarf is always chic. Or, for a less girlish look, don a cowboy hat or a baseball cap.
  • TIP: If you really want to protect that expensive dye job, wear a swim cap. For added protection, wet your hair with tap water before you put it in the cap.
  • Step 5: Rinse your hair after swimming Rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as you come out of the pool or ocean.
  • Step 6: Apply some balm Rub a small dab of straightening cream between your hands and then wipe it on your hair if it starts to frizz.
  • Step 7: Clarify and condition your hair Use a clarifying shampoo once a week and deep condition your hair once a month.
  • TIP: You can turn your usual shampoo into a clarifying one simply by adding a capful of apple-cider vinegar to your usual dollop of shampoo.
  • Step 8: Buy a killer bathing suit Buy a killer bathing suit. Then no one will be looking at your hair.
  • FACT: Ninety-four percent of women surveyed say they feel more confident on a day when they love their hair, but 66% of them only love their hair one day a week.

You Will Need

  • Leave-in hair conditioner with sunscreen
  • Anti-frizz spray
  • A hat
  • Straightening cream
  • A clarifying shampoo
  • Baby shampoo
  • Swim cap
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • A killer swimsuit

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