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7 Easy Summer Styles for Poolside and Beach Fun

• Jul 14, 2013


We are well into July, and you know what that means: beaches and pool parties galore. If you plan on just laying in the sand or lounging poolside, an out style like Naptural85’s No Fuss Quick Summer Beach Curls is perfect for letting the gentle breeze blow through your tresses. But if you want to hop in the pool or splash in the waves, you’ll need some styles to help prevent your hair from becoming a matted, tangled mess. Here are some styles that will have you focused on your fun in the sun instead of wondering how long it will take to detangle your hair later.

If it’s the day-of, or you need a quick impromptu do, these styles are easy, quick, and require only a few tools.

1. The Twist Halo Crown Updo

Check out this tutorial from Long Hair Don’t Care, LLC. To get this style going, you’ll need:

2. Preppy Summer Updo

Brought to you by Naptural85. To achieve this look, make sure you have:

3. Easy Updo/Fauxhawk

From one of my favorites, Kala of The KG Lifestyle. For this super cute style, make sure you have:

4. High Bun

Ms. Danti  shows us how it’s done! Get your top knot together with:

5. Chunky Flat Twist Updo

NaturalMetra schools us flat twisting novices in how to create a super cute, protective and pool-ready style in under 15 minutes, using only:

If you’re a little more skilled (unlike me) and have a a lot more time, stunt at the pool with these cute styles:

6. Two Strand Flat Twist Pomp Updo

Toni from MyNaturalSistas is giving life with her red tresses and super cute twisted pomp updo. Get this look by the water with:

7. Two Strand Twists

By no means am I going to advocate mini-twists, those take entirely too long and the takedown is an absolute pain. Check out iknowlee’s perfect semi-mini twists. Get her look by using:

What summer styles will you be trying out this month?

Side note: A few of these tutorials use EcoStyler Gel, which can leave some of us with crispy crunchy hair. For a good list of alternatives to EcoStyler and other holding gels, click here!

For more from Christina check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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24 Comments on "7 Easy Summer Styles for Poolside and Beach Fun"

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these are all great!!! thanks!


#7 the 2strand twist…my fav! type 4 whoop, whoop!


I love the two strand twists too. I have them in right now though mine are shorter than hrs they still look great. The best part is I can leave then in for 2 weeks while all I have to do is spritz with a water/oil mix at night or in the morning. Then after the 2 weeks is up, I rock the best twist out ever for a week. Then wash/deep condition and start all over. I have retained the most hair this way.


Pretty styles…

What about people with short hair?? like one- 1.5 yr natural or so?



Also as a very kinky 4c, these styles wouldn’t work out for me. My hair doesn’t lay flat or sleek.


I disagree. I could do these styles on my 4c hair with slight modification of course. For instance Naptiral 85 style for me would have to be done on a stretched old twist out. Dont worry about it being smooth n sleek. It will look puffier for us but cute none the less. As for short hair get some bobbin pins and start experimenting. I had a lot of fun with my hair when it was shorter by using bobbin pins to create faux buns and up dos.


I’m a 1.5 year also and if you can get your hair into a ponytail (or 2), you can create some of these styles using Marley hair. It costs about $5 at your local hair store. Search youtube for Marley hair styles.

Ugonna Wosu

love all of these. To me, these are protective styles since they tuck the ends in. The other article claiming protective styling has more low manipulation styles. People always get them mixed up.


Ooh I really like the chunky flat twist updo! She makes twisting the back of her head look really easy though, but that is not my forte! I’m going to practice, though, because I’m really trying to grow out my hair and I think I’m being foiled by not liking my protective styles.


I live in the UK and a lot of the products i see on this site are not readily available and if i buy them online it seems like it is either really expensive or doesn’t seem like it’s worth the wait. Is there any products that any of your UK bloggers can recommend or websites that offer products at a reasonable price for those over the pond?


fusionofcultures on youtube is from the UK.


you can try the they pretty much have most of the natural hair product line.


@Trephena try Beunique, they’re UK based and her products are nice and natural! 🙂


I hope you ladies plan on showing off your awesome protective styles at the AFROPUNK Festival this year. 60,000 people attended last year, and never in my life had I seen so many beautiful naturals strut the fest like a runway. Don’t miss out! They’ll be food, performances (Questlove rings bell), style mavericks like yourselves, skaters, and all of this awesomeness is FREE.



ooooh, I’m thinking about going to this. I’m getting soooo excited. Are you going?

Nia B

Here’s a style I did a tutorial on that really works for me -especially during the summer.


Nice do! Will have to copy this soon. Very creative and elegant looking.

The Mane Captain

love the halo twists! Can’t wait to try it!


Lord knows I can’t flat twist to save my life!! Arrggh! Working on it—I LOVE the flat twist updo, it’s gorgeous!

:-/ All of these ladies look ABSOLUTELY beautiful with these styles.. Sadly.. It just solidified my decision to relax my hair again. Ever since I’ve taken down my Marley braids, I’ve struggled with horrible shrinkage. I’ve tried style after style only to have it shrink up and look stupid. I’ve been fed up and frustrated for a while. I have no curl definition. My hair just frizzes and fuzzes. I hate it. I hate my hair. It’s bringing low self-esteem. So all I can do is relax. None of the tips have worked. No styles. ’ Sorry to be so… Read more »

If your hair is giving you this much grief, then you should relax it. I’m not saying that to be funny or sarcastic- I’m saying that in the grand scheme of things, hair really isn’t that important. Maybe once your hair is relaxed, you will address the low self-esteem issues that you *think* are being caused by your hair (because self-esteem has nothing to do with appearance, but, rather, how you feel about your own self-worth.)


Would loose twist do good for in pool? I want an easy style that doesn’t require elatics and hair pins. I just not certain about ability to get soaking wet and stay intact. I love the fullness and heard they are easy to do. I want do a no fuss hairstyle which still show my hair length to the fullest.

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