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Going to the beach is a great way to spend a summer day. But between the sand and the surf, not to mention the sun, salt, and humidity, your hair can take a beating for the sake of a little fun. With these stylish and easy protective beach styles, don’t give up your day in the sun!

1. Easy Flat Twist

This is a classic protective beach style because it’s so easy to do. Not to mention it looks great while protecting your curls! This look lets you have the fun in the sun you deserve without leaving your hair vulnerable. In this video, Chronicurls explains how she uses this style to address breakage and thinning at her edges. Vigilant moisturizing and low manipulation are her tips to keep curls and coils protected

2. Space Buns

When you want a look full of originality, space buns are for you! They are fast, easy, and look cute when finished. There are multiple different ways to style space buns to protect your hair. Cool Calm and Curly uses flat twists to protect her ends and edges. You can also try cornrows, regular two strand twists, or just pulling your moisturized hair back into double buns. You can also change up the look by zig-zagging your part, or keep things more classic with a boxed part style.

3. Cornrow Style

For a look that gives you the contrasting beauty of two different sized braids, this look can help you look stylish and beat the heat. It uses cornrows combined with a larger back braid for a sleek look that is beach ready.

4. Halo Braid

The halo is perfect for when you want an updo or protective style that is easy to put in, keep in for a short time, and take down later. In this video, Chizi Duru teaches you a look that doesn't take long to achieve, and it secures your edges in a braid without pulling too hard on them. Win win!

5. Mini Braids

Mini braids make for a fun, youthful look that will let you enjoy your beach day while giving your curls everything they need. Julz Jones shows how she parts her hair for layer of little braids that secure her ends and edges and help seal in all the moisture she's added to her hair. This style will last for days, plus afterwords you can undo it and wear your hair in a braid-out with super defined curls!

6. Head Wraps

No idea what to do with your hair? A scarf is the easiest fix. Protect your hair from the sun, sand, and wind completely by tying it up and away! There are countless ways to tie a headwrap, so Harmonicurls shows us her four favorite methods. With some fun colors or patterns, this is a great way to maintain healthy curls while looking bright and ready for the sun. be

7. Cornrow Bun

The cornrow look is a style staple for summer since it allows for maximum protection of precious strands. With the cornrow bun, turn the protection up a notch while still looking beautiful and stylish.

What's your favorite style to wear to the beach?