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5 Cute & Easy Hairstyles for Spring Break

Spring break is our first real chance to soak up the sun after a long, dreary winter. With this freedom, the only thing on your mind should be having a good time. The last thing you want to do is spend forever doing your hair, especially if you’ll be near the water!

Go from boring hair to beach bombshell in a matter of minutes with these five easy hairstyles. Whether you’ll be catching some waves in Florida, flip-flopping through the sand in Cancun or simply watching Hawaii Five-0 in your dorm, be sure to try out these cute hairstyles to look cute no matter what you’re doing.

1. Tousled Topknot

This super easy, laid-back look can be done on wet hair after a dip in the pool or a swim in the sea. It also doubles as a great post-workout hairstyle.

What You’ll Need

  • Hair tie
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Anti-frizz serum


  1. Taking a wide-tooth comb, gently untangle your hair, starting from your ends and working your way up to the roots.
  2. Apply a leave in conditioner or your choice. We recommend Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in Cream ($8.49).This helps to replace the moisture in your hair that has been stripped away by the pool or seawater.
  3. Work a small amount of serum into your hair; we recommend L’Oreal’s Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum ($5.97). This traps the moisture of the leave-in conditioner and also helps to tame frizz.
  4. Secure your hair in a high ponytail using the hair tie.
  5. Twist all of your hair into a coil and wrap it up into a ballerina bun.
  6. Secure the ends of your hair to the bun with bobby pins to ensure that it stays.
  7. Use your fingers to carefully fluff the bun for more volume.

2. Lovely Low Side Braid

This look is great for a long walk on the beach in the evening, yet stylish enough for an outdoor concert.

What You’ll Need

  • Comb
  • Hair ties


  1. Take the comb and create a center part that starts at your crown.
  2. Gather your hair into a low ponytail on your preferred side. Secure with the hair tie.
  3. Separate your hair into three sections and do a simple braid. It doesn’t have to be perfect; the messier the better, actually!
  4. Secure the end with another hair tie. If you don’t have shorter layers that will stick out, you can remove the first hair tie.

3. Sultry Scrunched Updo

Curly-haired girls will love this easy, sophisticated look. Try this for a night out with the girls.

What You’ll Need

  • Curling mousse
  • Hair tie
  • Headband
  • Bobby pins


  1. Apply the curling mousse to your hair to enhance your natural curls and tame frizz. We recommend the Got2b Kinkier Gloss & Define Curling Mousse ($4.78).
  2. Take the hair tie and secure your hair into a loose, messy bun.
  3. Take any ends that are sticking out and use bobby pins to pin them into place.
  4. Continue until all of your hair is up.
  5. Add a headband of your choice to jazz up the look.

4. Braided Chignon

This simple, glam look is perfect for a dinner at that restaurant near the beach.

What You’ll Need

  • Hair tie
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair serum
  • Brush


  1. Start by brushing all the knots and tangles out of your hair.
  2. Apply the serum to your hair to tame frizz. We recommend ORGANIX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum ($7.99).
  3. Taking small sections at the front of your hair, make two tiny braids. You can do this on either side of your head (or both).
  4. Secure all of your hair, including the braids, into a ponytail at the middle of your head. The braids will add a girly feel to the look.
  5. Separate the hair from the ponytail into three sections.
  6. Take the first section of hair (closest to the base of the ponytail) and wrap it around the base of the ponytail, covering the hair tie.
  7. Pin the ends of that section up with bobby pins.
  8. Repeat this with the other two sections of hair.
  9. Pin the entire chignon to your head and fluff it with your fingers as desired.

5. Inverted Ponytail

This style is a jazzed-up version of an everyday look.  Wear this to a day out at the beach.

What You’ll Need

  • Hair tie
  • Brush
  • Hair serum


  1. Brush your hair and apply the serum from root to tip. We recommend John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Original Hair Serum ($11.99).
  2. Gather your hair into a loose ponytail at your desired spot.
  3. At the base of the pony (above the hair tie), take your fingers and create a space (about the size of a golf ball) that your ponytail would be able to fit through.
  4. Carefully push your ponytail through the loop and pull gently to secure the twisted knot.

These quick and easy hairstyles are also great for class and running errands on weekends. Armed with these cute ‘dos, sunscreen and sunglasses, you’re sure to have a super-chic spring break!

Trinidad & Tobago born and Jamaica residing, Suzette is a second year Journalism major at the University of the West Indies. Mona Campus. A presenter on her hall radio station, Shark Radio and a Contributing Writer here at HerCampus, she possesses a passion for everything entertainment-related. When she is not pouring over Pinterest or beauty videos on YouTube, Suzette enjoys reading magazines and playing with her cats. With dreams of one day becoming the EIC of her own regional lifestyle magazine, this Caribbean girl will stop at nothing on her path to success To join Suzette on her college adventures, check out her blog Sassy and Sunkissed on Wordpress (suzieqsez.wordpress.com) and follow her on Twitter @suzieqsez
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