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Hairstyles for the Beach - 1998


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Cosmopolitan Magazine has a wonderful monthly column that is titled "Cosmo Hair". For May of 1998, the column featured their versions of 5 easy new beach dos.

The Cosmo Hair column gave me great inspiration to write about some of my favorite hairstyles for beach wear.

I should start this article by recommending that a light conditioner be applied to all of the styles if your hair is going to be spending any amount of time in the sun.

Too much sun, even with conditioners or sunscreens applied to your hair and scalp can damage or result in dryness.

It's important to remember to use moderation when exposing your hair to any potentially damaging heat or sun.

Always apply as much hair conditioning protection as possible. Another recommendation is to use "hair friendly" elastics or clips that are waterproof incase you decide to take a dip in the pool or the ocean.

Braids At The Beach

Cosmo Hair features a braid that they call the Baby Beach Braids. Their braided style consists of tucking all your hair behind your ears, center-parting it from crown to nape and then braiding each side of the part close to the scalp.

Karen's Braids At The Beach

Option #1

Summertime Braids

Pull your hair back into a low, nape level, ponytail. Apply a thin layer of conditioner.

Gently comb or pick the conditioner through your hair and then braid in 1 thick 3 strand braid. Secure the braid with a colored "hair friendly" elastic band.

Their is nothing more elegant than a beautiful long 3 strand braid gleaming against a chic summer top. Add shades and a visor style hat and you have the perfect beach look with your hair being conditioned while you play.

Option #2

Follow the instructions above for Braids At The Beach, but take the finished braid and twist it to the right forming a nice round bun. Attach clips or chopsticks to your braided bun.

Twisted Beach Buns

Cosmo Hair instructs you to first make a low ponytail. Move it to the right and then begin twisting it to the right, lifting to the right ear as is twists which makes a type of French twist. Pin the twist into place.

Beach Twist Options

Option #1

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Take your hair while it is still damp. Apply a light conditioner. Make a low ponytail. Hold the ponytail with the thumb and index finger of your right hand and twist the ponytail up and to the right.

Remove your thumb and continue to twist around the remaining index finger. Continue twisting until you have a nice round bun that will sit on the middle of your head.

To hold the bun in place add chopsticks, a big fat barrette at the end of the twist to hold the bun or clip it with the wide toothed butterfly clips.

Option #2

Make a nape level ponytail and apply conditioner. Hold the ponytail closed with the thumb and index finger of your right hand. Twist the ponytail hair down and to the right to form a type of long banana or fat elongated curl. Take the tail of the curl and pin underneath the curled part against the scalp. You will have a long hanging nape level curl that is hanging down.

Messy & Slicked Back Buns Buns At The Beach

The Messy and Slicked Back Buns which were described in a previous article are still very popular and are guaranteed to be just as popular on the beach.

To make a messy bun you can start with either a very high or middle of the head ponytail. Be sure and apply conditioner. Pull a few select ends of hair out of each side letting the hair just fall or flop to the sides. You can also pull some of the hair out and spray it so it sticks straight up.

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To make a slicked back bun, apply a heavy amount of conditioner and then apply a shine product. Pull the hair back into a ponytail that is either high or at the middle of the head depending on where you want the bun situated on your head.

Wrap the ponytail into a bun. You have a choice of wearing the bun at its natural height and thickness or adding clips, pins or chopsticks or pinning the bun tightly to your head.

The key with the slicked back bun is to give the hair a really shiny, wet look.


Some important things to remember about hairstyles for the beach are:

  1. They need to be fun
  2. They need to be easy
  3. They need to protect your hair and scalp (add the conditioner)
  4. They need to be casual

Enjoy your summer of 98 and have fun at the beach.

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Original Publication Date: 5/1998 - Revised Publication Date: 04/23/11

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