Not a swimming cap kinda gal? That’s fine. While you can’t protect your hair from the harsh chlorine with these hairstyles if you choose to dive underwater – they will keep your hair tangle-free and out of your way! If you’re planning to keep your hair dry and your head above water, try some of these up-dos. They’ll definitely keep your hair from getting wet! Stay cute in or by the pool this summer with these hairstyles for swimming:

Brace yourself for a lot of braiding!
 
 

1. French Braid

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The french braid is just a touch harder to do than a regular braid, it’ll probably take some practice to get it if you don’t already know how to do it. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide to learn how to make a french braid. Practice on others or on yourself. This is a simple yet classic braid that’s super cute!

 

2. Double French Braids

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If you’re a pro at doing the french braid, why not make two?
 

3. Fishtail Braid

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Looks intimidating, huh? Don’t worry, it’s not that hard! Follow this step by step guide on how to make a fishtail braid. You’ll probably need someone to do it for you – if you manage a fishtail braid on your own we’d be super impressed! The fishtail braid is definitely unique. There are also different styles of the fishtail braid you could explore such as the french fishtail braid.

 

4. Scarf Braid

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A simple pin-up inspired braid. Drape a scarf around your neck, making sure the lengths of each side are even. Part your hair evenly in the back, bring each half of the hair to the front. Braid both sides and join the braids in the middle with the ends of the scarf. Click on the source to see visual instructions!

 

5. Top Knot

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If your arms get tired or you just can’t get some of these complicated braids down on your own (I know I can’t), then just go for the simple top knot. Top knots are quick and easy. They can be messy while maintaining their cuteness! You can wear the top knot with half your hair down or just put it all up there – your choice.
 

6. Stitch Braids Into Bun

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Stitch Braids technique descended from Cornrows. They tend to be similar to the thick and thin Cornrows were also derived from cornrows. Stitch Braids are plaited by dividing the hair into approximately five to seven horizontal lines down the head. A minor thin line of hair is cut out and left to run parallel the major one. The Stitch Braids evolved from styles like Ghana Braids and Feed-in Cornrows. However, in stitch braiding, the thick lines of hair are sectioned into elegant box shapes of hairy razor-straight lines. You may need a helping hand for this one or else it’ll take a while! Stitch braids can take up to two hours to do. If you don’t know how to braid cornrows you can check out this step by step guide, or go see a stylist or ask a friend that knows how!
 

7. Boxer Braids with Ballerina Bun

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Boxer braids are just another name for double french braids. Do boxer braids like usual, until the nape of your neck. Next, braid the hair from the nape of your neck to the end loosely. Gather them together and secure them with a hair tie. Twist them into a rope, then coil the rope into a thick bun at the nape of your neck. Tuck the tail under the bun, then secure it with bobby pins.
 

8. Double Boxer Braid Buns

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You’d be doing number 7 on this list in reverse for this one! Part your hair down the middle, like you would when beginning to braid. Begin your french braid from the bottom instead of the top. Work your way bottom to top – stopping the braid about more than halfway. Tie off the hair with an elastic, do this on both sides. Coil the loose hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins! You can also make a loose braid out of the tied off hair and coil that for braided buns. Check out this step by step guide on how to make boxer braids. It also shows you different ways to style the boxer braids!
 

9. Dutch Braid Pigtails

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Much like the french braid, if you master the dutch, go for two! Same technique just part your hair down the middle and braid both sides! The dutch braid has a different braiding pattern than the french braid. However, it is still similar in the way that you must continuously gather more hair as you braid. Need help? Follow this step by step guide to making a dutch braid!
 

10. Tucked Double French Braids

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This hairstyle is yet another variation of the double french braid. Stop the french braid just before the nape of your neck. That’s about three braid overs. Finish the rest of the hair into a simple braid. Then, create a hole on the underside of the braid, and then tuck the tail of the braid underneath the French section of the hairstyle. Secure with bobby pins! This one is super duper cute, definitely our favorite. It’s elegant, simple, classy and practical!
 
 

Which do you think is the cutest? Let us know which of these are your favorite hairstyles for swimming!