For me, beach hair has never been something to look forward to. There seems to be a myth that we all emerge from a day spent splashing in the ocean with our hair at its absolute best, falling in big, loose, crunchy, salty beach waves. Personally, I've never experienced that. A day at the beach means wind blowing my hair in all kinds of crazy directions, sunscreen being sprayed all over the place and inevitably ending up in my strands, and ultimately, my hair just ending up as a giant, tangled, and very not cute mess.
So, what to do with unruly tresses? Put 'em up! But here's the thing: Nobody wants to look like a hot mess with a plastic drugstore claw clip or a stretched out black hair tie during a beach party (hello, 5 million photos). So this summer, I'm challenging myself to reinvent the meaning of "beach hair." I'm talking hairstyles that stay out of my face and keep me cool thanks to gorgeous gilded clips, gentle silky scrunchies, and statement-making headbands.
Below, you'll find all the beach-proof hair accessories I'll be toting to the shore.
Valet's Ines Clip
This glam claw clip looks straight out of The Little Mermaid.
Slip Silk Large Scrunchies
SlipSilk is the brand behind our favorite bed head-preventing silk pillowcases, but they also have adorable scrunchies that are super gentle on your tresses. Trust us, your messy bun has never looked as chic as it will when you toss it up with a white leopard pattern silk scrunchie.
Slip Silk Skinny Scrunchies
For a more modern take on the '80s-inspired trend, grab the silky hair band's sleeker little sister.
Kitsch Gold Claw Clip
Your trusty plastic drugstore claw clip just got a major upgrade. Kitsch's gilded version is not flimsy painted plastic: The durable metal clip will be able to withstand both wind and sea.
Hemant and Nandita Scrunchie Scarf
Seriously, can you think of a more elegant (and easy!) way to tie back your hair at the beach?
Kitsch Towel Scrunchies
If you do decide to take a dip in the waves, the last thing you want to do is ruin your silky scrunchies with seawater. Enter Kitsch's genius microfiber scrunchies, which will help dry your sopping salty strands, all while keeping them out of your sun-kissed face.
Slip Silk Knot Headband
What I love about this knotted headband is that it looks like an intricately tied headscarf, and the nautical stripes are particularly apropos for a day at the shore. And since, like all Slip for Beauty Sleep products, it's made from mulberry silk, it's extra gentle on your locks.
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