If you aren’t the biggest fan of swim caps, there is another way to protect your hair from harsh chlorine. These classy updos will ensure you look great and your hair stays dry! One of the biggest pains is getting out of the pool with tangled hair. So here we are coming to the rescue with our list of 10 cute hairstyles for swimming!

Brace yourself for a lot of braiding!

 

1. French Braid

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The french braid is a little tougher than the regular braid. However, with a little practice, yours will be as beautiful as the one above. If it’s your first time making one, follow this guide on how to make a french braid. Practice on others or yourself. This chic style is classy, but cute and will keep your hair out of your face!

 

2. Double French Braids

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If you love french braids already, try making two if you’re up for the challenge!

3. Fishtail Braid

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This one isn’t as tricky as it looks! You just have to take it one step at a time. Follow this step-by-step guide and you will have a fishtail braid in no time. Maybe get some help from a friend on this one. The fishtail braid will definitely help you stand out at the pool. There are many different styles to try out! Let us know which one is your favorite!

 

4. Scarf Braid

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Here’s a simple pin-up inspired braid. All you have to do is drape a scarf around your neck — making sure each side is even.  Part your hair evenly in the back and 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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Whether your arms are tired or you can’t do these braids on your own (I know I can’t), try a simple top knot. This classic style is quick and easy. Although they are a bit messy, you will still look cute! You can wear the top knot with half your hair down or put it all up there. It all depends on how thick your hair is!

6. Stitch Braids Into Bun

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The Stitch Braids technique comes from Cornrows. Stitch braids are plaited by diving the hair into approximately five to seven horizontal lines down the head. A minor thing line of hair is cut out and left to run parallel to the major one. The Stich Braids evolved from styles like Ghana Braids and Feed-in Cornrows. However, in stitch braiding, thick lines of hairs are sectioned into elegant box shapes of hairy razor-straight lines. This will take a while without any help so we suggest you find one! Stitch braids can take up to two hours to do. If you don’t know how to braid cornrows, check out this step-by guide or go see a stylist or ask a friend who knows how!

7. Boxer Braids with Ballerina Bun

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If you know how to do double french braids, you will know how to make boxer braids. Do french braids like usual until the nape of your neck. Then gather them together and secure them with a hair tie. Twice them into a rope and then coil the rope into a thick bun at the nape of your neck. Tuck the tail under the bun and then secure it with bobby pins.

 

8. Double Boxer Braid Buns

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Now let’s try number seven on the list in reverse for this one! Part your hair down the middle like you would when beginning to braid. Start your french braid from the bottom instead of the top. Work your way from bottom to top — stopping the braid a little more than halfway. Tie off the hair with an elastic, do this on both sides. Coil the loose hair into a bun and secure it with bobby pins! Make a loose braid out of the tied-off hair and coil for braided buns. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to make boxer braids. It includes different variations of boxer braids!

9. Dutch Braid Pigtails

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If you can do the perfect dutch braid, try doing two of them! Use the same technique except for parting your hair down the middle and braiding both sides! The dutch braid has its own unique pattern that’s different from the french braid. However, both require you to 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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Here’s another variation of the double french braid. Stop the french braid just before the nap of your neck. That’s about three braid overs. Finish the rest of the hair into a simple braid. 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 absolutely fabulous and our favorite. It’s elegant, simple, classy and practical!

 

Which one is the cutest? Let us know what your favorite hairstyles for swimming are!