We are well into July, and you know what that means: beach­es and pool par­ties galore. If you plan on just lay­ing in the sand or loung­ing pool­side, an out style like Naptural85’s No Fuss Quick Sum­mer Beach Curls is per­fect for let­ting the gen­tle breeze blow through your tress­es. But if you want to hop in the pool or splash in the waves, you’ll need some styles to help pre­vent your hair from becom­ing a mat­ted, tan­gled mess. Here are some styles that will have you focused on your fun in the sun instead of won­der­ing how long it will take to detan­gle your hair lat­er.

If it’s the day-of, or you need a quick impromp­tu do, these styles are easy, quick, and require only a few tools.

1. The Twist Halo Crown Updo

Check out this tuto­r­i­al from Long Hair Don’t Care, LLC. To get this style going, you’ll need:

2. Prep­py Sum­mer Updo

Brought to you by Nap­tural85. To achieve this look, make sure you have:

3. Easy Updo/Fauxhawk

From one of my favorites, Kala of The KG Lifestyle. For this super cute style, make sure you have:

4. High Bun

Ms. Dan­ti  shows us how it’s done! Get your top knot togeth­er with:

5. Chunky Flat Twist Updo

Nat­u­ral­Me­tra schools us flat twist­ing novices in how to cre­ate a super cute, pro­tec­tive and pool-ready style in under 15 min­utes, using only:

If you’re a lit­tle more skilled (unlike me) and have a a lot more time, stunt at the pool with these cute styles:

6. Two Strand Flat Twist Pomp Updo

Toni from MyNat­u­ral­Sis­tas is giv­ing life with her red tress­es and super cute twist­ed pomp updo. Get this look by the water with:

7. Two Strand Twists

By no means am I going to advo­cate mini-twists, those take entire­ly too long and the take­down is an absolute pain. Check out iknowlee’s per­fect semi-mini twists. Get her look by using:

What sum­mer styles will you be try­ing out this month?

Side note: A few of these tuto­ri­als use EcoStyler Gel, which can leave some of us with crispy crunchy hair. For a good list of alter­na­tives to EcoStyler and oth­er hold­ing gels, click here!

For more from Christi­na check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on Insta­gram and Face­book.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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Would loose twist do good for in pool? I want an easy style that doesn’t require elat­ics and hair pins. I just not cer­tain about abil­i­ty to get soak­ing wet and stay intact. I love the full­ness and heard they are easy to do. I want do a no fuss hair­style which still show my hair length to the fullest.

:-/ All of these ladies look ABSOLUTELY beau­ti­ful with these styles.. Sad­ly.. It just solid­i­fied my deci­sion to relax my hair again. Ever since I’ve tak­en down my Mar­ley braids, I’ve strug­gled with hor­ri­ble shrink­age. I’ve tried style after style only to have it shrink up and look stu­pid. I’ve been fed up and frus­trat­ed for a while. I have no curl def­i­n­i­tion. My hair just frizzes and fuzzes. I hate it. I hate my hair. It’s bring­ing low self-esteem. So all I can do is relax. None of the tips have worked. No styles. ’ Sor­ry to be so neg­a­tive… Read more »

If your hair is giv­ing you this much grief, then you should relax it. I’m not say­ing that to be fun­ny or sar­cas­tic- I’m say­ing that in the grand scheme of things, hair real­ly isn’t that impor­tant. Maybe once your hair is relaxed, you will address the low self-esteem issues that you *think* are being caused by your hair (because self-esteem has noth­ing to do with appear­ance, but, rather, how you feel about your own self-worth.)


Lord knows I can’t flat twist to save my life!! Arrggh! Work­ing on it—I LOVE the flat twist updo, it’s gor­geous!

The Mane Captain

love the halo twists! Can’t wait to try it!

Nia B

Here’s a style I did a tuto­r­i­al on that real­ly works for me -espe­cial­ly dur­ing the sum­mer.


Nice do! Will have to copy this soon. Very cre­ative and ele­gant look­ing.


I hope you ladies plan on show­ing off your awe­some pro­tec­tive styles at the AFROPUNK Fes­ti­val this year. 60,000 peo­ple attend­ed last year, and nev­er in my life had I seen so many beau­ti­ful nat­u­rals strut the fest like a run­way. Don’t miss out! They’ll be food, per­for­mances (Quest­love rings bell), style mav­er­icks like your­selves, skaters, and all of this awe­some­ness is FREE.

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ooooh, I’m think­ing about going to this. I’m get­ting soooo excit­ed. Are you going?


@Trephena try Beu­nique, they’re UK based and her prod­ucts are nice and nat­ur­al! :) http://www.beuniquehaircare.co.uk/


I live in the UK and a lot of the prod­ucts i see on this site are not read­i­ly avail­able and if i buy them online it seems like it is either real­ly expen­sive or doesn’t seem like it’s worth the wait. Is there any prod­ucts that any of your UK blog­gers can rec­om­mend or web­sites that offer prod­ucts at a rea­son­able price for those over the pond?
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you can try the http://www.curlyemporium.co.uk they pret­ty much have most of the nat­ur­al hair prod­uct line.


fusionof­cul­tures on youtube is from the UK.


Ooh I real­ly like the chunky flat twist updo! She makes twist­ing the back of her head look real­ly easy though, but that is not my forte! I’m going to prac­tice, though, because I’m real­ly try­ing to grow out my hair and I think I’m being foiled by not lik­ing my pro­tec­tive styles.

Ugonna Wosu

love all of these. To me, these are pro­tec­tive styles since they tuck the ends in. The oth­er arti­cle claim­ing pro­tec­tive styling has more low manip­u­la­tion styles. Peo­ple always get them mixed up.


Pret­ty styles…

What about peo­ple with short hair?? like one- 1.5 yr nat­ur­al or so? 



I’m a 1.5 year also and if you can get your hair into a pony­tail (or 2), you can cre­ate some of these styles using Mar­ley hair. It costs about $5 at your local hair store. Search youtube for Mar­ley hair styles.


Also as a very kinky 4c, these styles wouldn’t work out for me. My hair doesn’t lay flat or sleek.


I dis­agree. I could do these styles on my 4c hair with slight mod­i­fi­ca­tion of course. For instance Nap­ti­ral 85 style for me would have to be done on a stretched old twist out. Dont wor­ry about it being smooth n sleek. It will look puffi­er for us but cute none the less. As for short hair get some bob­bin pins and start exper­i­ment­ing. I had a lot of fun with my hair when it was short­er by using bob­bin pins to cre­ate faux buns and up dos.


#7 the 2strand twist…my fav! type 4 whoop, whoop!


I love the two strand twists too. I have them in right now though mine are short­er than hrs they still look great. The best part is I can leave then in for 2 weeks while all I have to do is spritz with a water/oil mix at night or in the morn­ing. Then after the 2 weeks is up, I rock the best twist out ever for a week. Then wash/deep con­di­tion and start all over. I have retained the most hair this way.


these are all great!!! thanks!