10 braided hairstyles to try at the beach this summer
Naya Rivera’s interesting half-up braided hairstyle
Here’s a cool ‘n’ casual way to keep your hair off your face while keeping all eyes on you—follow the gorgeous Glee actress’s lead by parting the front of your hair into three sections and plaiting each one straight back, before securing them into mini ponytails. Adorable, right?
Emmy Rossum’s standard side braid
When in doubt, take a cue from the Shameless star and sling your strands over your shoulder and braid them all the way down. Then secure any loose, wispy tendrils with bobby pins. (Here’s a quick accessorizing tip: Match your bobby pins to your swimsuit!)
Sofia Reyes’ coiled twist
Curly hair can get in on the side-braid action too. Let this look be your guide: The Mexican singer twisted her thick strands to flow with her hair’s natural wave pattern and texture instead of plaiting it.
January Jones’ total braid-up
File this under insanely cool: There’s a ton of twists and turns happening here, and that’s precisely why we love the Mad Men actress’s messy, interwoven updo, complete with crisscrossed plaits and abstract parts.
Melanie Laurent’s messy mermaid braid
Braids that are twisted back, taut on both sides, and woven down the middle, convening into a loose fishtail make for one marvelously messy mane, as seen on the Now You See Me actress.
Diana Madison’s faux side-shave braid
Make like the HollyScoop TV host and mimic the edgy look without the long-term commitment. Three thin cornrows down one side simulate the trendy, partially shaved style.
Maria Menounos’ ponytail braids
Looking for a way to kick your low ponytail up a notch? Try peppering a few small plaits throughout like the Extra host. It’s equally effortless and eye-catching.
Cher Lloyd’s braid-into-a-bun combo
If your hair is in need of a little extra TLC, try this protective style the British singer is rocking. Saturate your strands with a nourishing leave-in conditioner before braiding the front and pulling it all up into a high bun.
Milla Jovovich’s bohemian crown braid
Your average crown braid goes from run-of-the-mill to romantic when paired with piece-y bangs and wavy, wispy tendrils, like what’s shown here on the Resident Evil actress.
Christa B. Allen’s double braids
The Revenge actress ups the ante on Lauren Conrad’s tried-and-true single perimeter braid by sporting two—one on each side of a deep center part.