Poolside, Beachside, Deckside ’Dos Done Celebrity Style

With summer’s 'round-the-clock heat and the constant desire to be in or at least near some body of water, it’s time to switch gears with how we handle our tresses. This season is all about sweating, swimming, and keeping our hair off the back of our necks.

So let us turn to some A-list women who know no bounds when it comes to looking flawless, regardless of the heat that summer — or fashion critics — can bring. Here are five timeless warm-weather-appropriate hairstyles. Yes, they are red carpet-worthy, but we think they are perfect for all those seaside activities, too. Plus, they're all simple enough to style while sprawled out on a lawn chair.
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The Topknot
This cooler cousin to the ballerina bun came onto the scene a few years back with such momentum it practically knocked the ponytail off every off-duty model in Manhattan. But it wasn't the first time the world saw a topknot moment. Jane Birkin, the embodiment of effortless cool, was a pioneer of the look back in 1974.

Lizzy Weinberg, a hairstylist at Pas De Deux in Manhattan's Tribeca and no stranger to the topknot, says a soft version, such as Birkin's, looks best if you let some pieces fall loose around the sides and the back. “Sometimes, it’s best to not even use mirror,” she says. “Don’t overthink it.” What is more perfect for the beach or lounging by the pool than that?
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The Topknot
We love this topknot look from Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul herself. She wore hers with a chain of pearls, strapless top, and major eyelashes for a portrait shoot in 1977.
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The Topknot
Nicole Richie is always one to watch when it comes to hair trends. Though in more recent years it's been all about the color, we're obsessing over this braided topknot from 2012.
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The Topknot
Gwen Stefani rocked this looped topknot on a night out in Vegas in 2014, but we think it's the perfect summer poolside look — especially if you want to keep your hair dry.

To get the look, Weinberg says to pull your hair into a ponytail and fold it in a loop. If you want to hide your hair tie, use any remaining hair to wrap around the ponytail holder, then secure with pins. “If your hair isn’t superthick, backcomb your pony before looping,” she says.
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The Topknot
FKA Twigs' look at the Met Gala this year goes to show the topknot can be dressed way, way up or way, way down — making it the perfect day-at-the-beach-to-night-out style.
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The Headscarf
Scarves are a timeless accessory that offer an easy and chic respite from wind and sun. As demonstrated here by Audrey Hepburn in 1963, the under-the-chin knotted scarf is perfect for riding with the top down on your way to the beach. Weinberg recommends always using 100% silk scarves because they won't cause any hair breakage.
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The Headscarf
After taking a dip, if you want to get your wet hair up and off your face, take a scarf or even your sarong (you'll need something with some length to it) and wrap it up in a turban style, as seen in Solange's 2011 look.
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The Headscarf
If you're not so into the silk scarf or print turban, a bandanna might be more your speed. Take inspo from Queen Bey (like she may have from her little sis) and her 2013 Rosie-the-Riveter-meets-grunge summertime getup.

To get the look, start with your hair in a high, loose bun, then fold your bandanna in half into a triangle. Wrap it around the back of the head with the longest part of the triangle at the nape of the neck. Bring the two side points to the top of the head, and pull the the third to cover the rest of your hair in the back. Secure all points together in a knot at your front, and pull out a few wispy pieces to frame your face. Add sunglasses, and you're good to go!
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The Headscarf
At only 22, Cara Delevingne has already made quite the impact on what constitutes modern-day cool. So if there is a summer style to replicate, it’s probably hers. Her headscarf look from 2014 is a perfect way to keep your beach-waves out off your face while you catch some rays. Just throw your hair in a slightly messy bun, tie a colorful silk scarf around your head like a headband, and make sure the bow is slightly off-kilter à la Cara.
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The Headscarf
If you didn't think Audrey Hepburn's style could translate to modern day, Amber Rose popped up this year to prove you wrong.
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Milkmaid Braids
Romantic, feminine, and completely off the neck, milkmaid braids are an ideal style for swimming, dancing, or even dozing off in a hammock with a novel in hand and the look has obviously lasted the test of time.

This 1941 snap is one of the few photographs taken of Veronica Lake that doesn’t portray her famously coiffed Old Hollywood waves. It seems on her casual days she opted for a milkmaid braids, naturally.
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Milkmaid Braids
Sienna Miller wore a crownlike braid to the Golden Globes in 2007. But with her golden, sun-kissed skin and bright blonde highlights, the look screams summer.

When creating a milkmaid braid, Halli Bivona, a stylist at John Barrett Salon in New York City, suggests first spritzing with dry shampoo to add a gritty texture and soak up any oil, then using a hair balm like Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss while you braid for extra control and to give a little bit of shine and tame fly-aways.
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Milkmaid Braids
In 2014, Jemima Kirke sported pink hair and milkmaid braids an unexpectedly sweet combo. Summer picnic, anyone?
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Milkmaid Braids
Florence Welch is a frequenter of the milkmaid braid, as seen here in 2014 — and for good reason: They are the perfect complement to her fiery red mane and bangs.

For these braids, Weinberg says to section the hair into two pigtails. Start your braid behind the ear and then pin the completed braid over the top of your head like a headband, then do the same on the other side, overlapping the braids. Use open pins to anchor the braids down. You can pull out the sides of each braid gently to widen or add thickness. Leave out any bangs or face-framing layers for a more textured look.
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Milkmaid Braids
For a more dressed-up, smoother look, like Kelly Rowland in 2014, pin the braids further down on your forehead rather than high up on the scalp.

Braid bonus: “When you take your hair down, add a bit of mineral or sea salt spray and scrunch for perfectly tousled beach-y waves,” says Bivona.
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The French Twist
This look is not an obvious poolside style, but we think it would be the perfect complement to a chic, black one-piece or printed kaftan. And, as far as updos go, it’s insanely easy to achieve. But, on the flip side, it looks so chic nobody will be able to tell.

Always the epitome of elegance, Grace Kelly wears a classic, more polished rendition in 1958. To achieve a French twist, Weinberg says, “Start by holding a low ponytail with your hand, twist it as you lift it up so the ends are sticking up like Alfalfa [from The Little Rascals]. Then fold the twist in half so the ends stay neat, and roll it into your head, tucking the ends in as you go. Secure up the side with some bobby pins.”
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The French Twist
Penélope Cruz has envy-inducing everything, and her hair is no exception. Here in 2013, she wears a soft twist that Weinberg says is all about texture. Gather the hair with fingers and allow shorter pieces to drop out for some soft, face-framing layers. Once everything is secure, you can lightly tug at the sides and top to create volume.
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The French Twist
Jessica Biel's 2013 look seems thrown together, but it’s a very calculated mess. Weinberg suggests adding texture to the hair with salt spray before you put it up, and teasing the bang for volume. Keep the French twist loose, and secure the back and front with pins separately. Once you’ve found the perfect configuration, tug at the front and sides, using fly-aways to your advantage, giving it a halo effect.
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The French Twist
Good news for all the shorter-haired women out there: You don’t need super-long hair to pull it off this look. Jennifer Lawrence was in the middle of her cropped grow-out in 2014 when this photo was taken.

Add a bit of Bumble and bumble Grooming Crème (or something similar) to help keep the hair shiny, soft, and secure. Also, for a sleeker look, Lizzy Weinberg says to make sure you smooth out the hair with a soft brush before you twist it up.
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The French Twist
Eva Green’s 2014 look is perfect messy chic. In order to get this look, Weinberg recommends teasing the top-front section of hair to give it some height, adding a little texturizing spray, such as surf or salt spray, before you twist it up. Be sure to pull down a few wispy side pieces (or a long bang, if you have it) to give it that sexy, not-trying-too-hard feel.
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The Side Braid
If you know what’s good for you, you'll lead a Jane Fonda kind of life. From her love of working out to experimenting with all kinds of looks, she looks just as fabulous today as she did when this photo was taken in 1966, so clearly she was on to something. The cap-and-pigtail-braids combo (two side braids, if you will) is a fantastic solution for any post-swimming or -sunning situation. So if a cute pageboy hat and hair ties aren’t already in your weekender, add them stat.
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The Side Braid
Take the side braid up a notch, like Mary-Kate Olsen in 2008, and do it mussed-up fishtail style. Fear not, as this is much easier to do than it looks.
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The Side Braid
Selena Gomez’s low braid in 2010 screams Spring Break 4 Eva or, you know, summer works, too. Weinberg says the only prep needed for this look is a adding a little volume on top with some texturizing spray and teasing.
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The Side Braid
Not only does she get to come home to Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes has impeccably cool girl style and the vibes to go with it, as demonstrated by this casual 2013 look. If, like Mendes, your hair is naturally wavy, Weinberg suggests working off your own texture. If you need to add a little wave, spritz in a salt spray. After your braid is in place, loosen it to your desired bulkiness by tugging at the sides.
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The Side Braid
If you love the fishtail look but want to look a little more put-together than MK, follow Lindsay Ellingson's lead. The Victoria’s Secret angel wore this sleek braid to a New York film premiere in 2014, but we think it is the perfect option for your next pool party.
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