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Curly Hair at the Beach: How to Guide

Curly Hair at the Beach: How to Guide


Although it may be challenging to maintain and style your curls during summer beach days, fear not! This guide will equip you with essential tips and techniques for maintaining and rocking curly hair at the beach that turn heads and make a splash.

During this time, the sun is hot, the ocean breeze is salty, and wind caresses your locks at the beach. Your beautiful curls deserve to shine and radiate with confidence, whether you have coily, curly, or wavy hair. Our tips and techniques will minimize frizz and maximize hydration to protect your delicate strands from the hazards of the beach environment. So, get ready to unleash those stunning curls at the beach to their full potential. Grab your beach chair and that SPF and head to the beach after correctly styling and achieving beachy curls with our tips and techniques.

Dive into our ultimate guide for beachy curls that’ll make every summer day an unforgettable hair adventure!

curly hair at the beach

Preparing your Hair Before a Beach Day

How should you protect your hair from the potential damaging effects from saltwater and excessive moisture? Here are a few steps to follow for protection and perfect curly hair at the beach. We recommend starting off by wetting your hair to saturate hair strands and reduce any absorption of saltwater. Once your hair has been soaked with water, apply a leave-in conditioner or oil that is designed for curly hair to create a barrier between your hair and the ocean water minimizing the drying effects and potential damage.

curly hair at the beach

Styling your Hair for the Beach

Do you love showing off your curly hair at the beach, but getting tired of the strands getting in your way? The hot sun can be very damaging which is why gathering all your curls together at the crown of your head at a desired height can create the ultimate ponytail. Once all your hair is gathered in one area, secure it with a silk hair tie and for additional styles, wrap the hair to create a bun and cover with a gorgeous scarf. To make your hair pop at the beach, add some additional accessories that not only add style but also add extra security.

For some super cute curly hairstyles, check out this video:

Maintenance of your Curls After a Long Day at the Beach

It is very important to take care of your curls after a day at the beach as it is crucial to remove any salt as this can dry out your hair and cause damage. To eliminate salt, it is important to start off by thoroughly rinsing your hair with fresh water.

Use your fingers to comb through the hair while rinsing to help dislodge any residue. Use your shampoo of choice, preferably one that removes salt buildup. Massage the shampoo into your scalp and work it through the lengths of your hair. Focus on the areas that have been exposed to the elements.

Once your hair has been washed with shampoo, the crucial step is always to detangle your curls gently by starting with the ends and working your way up in a downward motion to prevent any breakage. But saturate your hair with a slippery conditioner first! Once your hair is detangled, apply a deep conditioner to replenish moisture and restore hydration to your curls. Concentrate on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair as they are areas which are the most damaged.  

Lastly, apply leave-in conditioner evenly throughout your hair to enhance the natural texture of your curls. Remember that maintaining a consistent hair care routine includes deep conditioning, moisturizing, and protecting your curls as this will keep them healthy, vibrant, and resilient.

curly hair at the beach

DO NOT use Hair Ties with Metal Parts

Curly hair is more prone to tangling and breakage when compared to straight hair. When using hair ties with metal parts such as metal clasps or fasteners, this can increase the risk of damaging or snagging on your curls. During summer time this can be a nightmare! Curly hair has a natural tendency to form knots and tangles. The metal part on the hair tie is known to get caught in the curls and this makes it difficult to remove the hair tie. The metal part on hair ties can also create friction against the hair shaft which can cause frictional damage and weakening of hair over time. In the summer time one thing we do not want is frizz and dullness of curls. Instead, use satin or silk hair ties, or a scarf, as the fabric can easily glide over and out of the hair and minimize frizz.

curly hair at the beach

Minimize Tangles after a Windy and Wavy day

To avoid tangles, start off by applying leave-in conditioner or any type of lightweight oil before heading to the beach to make it easier to detangle your hair later. Styling your hair with braids and twists also will help prevent any excessive tangling caused by the sea breeze. It is important to remove any excess sand in the hair as soon as you get home from the beach.

Consider purchasing a detangling brush or a wide-toothed comb specifically designed for curly hair. These tools are designed to assist in minimizing breakage when brushing and removing knots. Lastly, one of our most important suggestions would be to sleep with a satin or silk pillowcase every day. Why? It reduces any friction or tangles as the fabric creates a smoother surface of your hair to rest on, preventing any excessive tangling during the night.

Frizz be gone!

Controlling frizz and curly hair at the beach can be the ultimate challenge. However, with the right techniques and tips, you will be able to keep frizz away. Start off by hydrating your damp hair with a leave-in conditioner before heading to the beach. This will help form a moisture barrier that prevents the hair from drying out in the sun. To enhance your curls and control frizz, apply a curl-defining cream or gel right after the leave-in conditioner to encourage curl formation.

For tips on preserving your curls while exercising, read THIS.

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