9 Beach Babe Hair Looks for Every Texture

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9 Beach Babe Hair Looks for Every Texture

From Lupita's natural fro to Beyonce's flower power braids, we're holding on to summer with these beach-y hairstyles.

Published August 25, 2016

As summer comes to a close, it’s hard to make the seasonal transition, but one way that you can ensure you’re holding on to those glorious summer days is to look like you’ve never left the beach. We asked hair guru Harry Josh, who’s worked with the likes of Chrissy Teigen and Jasmine Tookes, for his advice on making beach waves work for any texture. He tells us, "The best part about perfect beach hair is that it's completely imperfect."

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The key is to embrace a wave that's built around your texture. Those with hair on the straight side will want to add texture — try a surf spray like Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. By applying to wet or dry hair, it will help create a rope-y texture mimicking the just-out-of-the-ocean, tousled hair without drying it out. For wavy, curly or coarser-haired girls, embrace the texture you already have by letting it air-dry. Apply a styling product to wet hair that will prevent frizz (like John Frieda Frizz Ease Air Dry Waves Styling Foam). It will keep your style touchable but still define your natural waves and curls — no heat tools needed.” Take it from Harry Josh and these amazing ladies.


The “Lemonade” singer loves twisting her tresses into Heidi braids, adding in a little flower power to the mix. This is a perfect look for a humid beach day. Plus, it keeps the sand out of your hair.  


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The singer and model is giving you her best scrunched wet and wavy look, which is super sexy for a romantic walk by the water's edge.     

I Love Me Sum' Him 😍

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Zoe Kravitz

You don't need to have a straight long weave to have a hawt beach look. Just ask actress Zoe Kravitz, who unraveled a bit of her braids to add a little flow to her tresses. 


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Halle Berry

The Kidnap actress's hair really is the epitome of beach babe hair. Not only is it sun-kissed to the gods with lighter highlights, but it's the perfect amount of messiness.        

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Tika Sumpter

The Southside With You actress is the queen of the slicked and chic top knot, a style that is perfect for an afternoon at the ocean. 

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Gabrielle Union

The Being Mary Jane and The Birth of a Nation star's braided bliss is great not just for the court, but for the poolside, too. Slay!


Braided Bliss... thank you @kookiemaffett ❤❤❤

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Serena Williams 

The tennis legend is giving you carefree Black girl with this wavy bob. This look will turn out any selfie you post on the 'Gram.    

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Lupita Nyong'o

The Oscar-winning actress has shown time and time again how versatile natural hair can be. Just peep this innovative pinned down twist-out. 

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Tracee Ellis Ross

The Emmy-nominated Black-ish star's slick backed curls embody that fresh out of the water look. Lots of gel required.  

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Written by Kellee Terrell

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