Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Musings About Beach Hair

I have never EVER been able to come up with something cute to do with my short hair on a beach day. Seriously, when I wake up in the morning, my hair sticks out in like a million directions and if I don't wash it, blow dry it and straighten it, it'll stay that way all day. So, on beach days, if (and that's a BIG if) I feel up to it, I take a shower before going to the beach just so that I can fix my hair. I've always thought that was totally pointless because as soon as I'm out there, I'm all sweaty and sandy and covered in tanning oil or (since having kids) splotches of sunscreen.  Therefore, on the typical beach day, I'd slap on a baseball cap or a headband and call it a day. 

While in Destin, I wanted to do something cute. I mean, here we were getting away, just the two of us. And I knew we'd take a break from laying out at some point to go grab a bite to eat and I'd be seen by people who weren't also all sweaty and sandy.  So, I tried The Braid. You know, that look where you braid your bangs into your hair so that you have a little braid framing your face. I went for it. I was always scared that my face was too round/chubby/not pretty enough for this look. But I'm all about stepping out of my comfort zone these days. =)

Here it is before getting wet.

And here it is after getting wet.

And here it is after drying off, but before washing and fixing the hair.
Shirt: Target
Tank: Express
Shorts: New from the Gap Outlet (One of my favorite things about Destin!)
Sandals: Borrowed from my Sis
Purse: Dooney & Bourke Outlet

I actually really loved and have a feeling I'll be sporting that braid every weekend this summer! 

As a sidenote, I don't know if you noticed . . . my bright white legs went from bright white to bright red and white striped. Ha! For some odd reason, I thought that only my face needed sunscreen. The rest of me was in lots of pain for a few days.


Linz said...

You totally rocked the braid at the beach, cute look! I may have to try that if I ever get to go to the beach again!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

The braid and everything looks super duper adorable! :) really, it looks great!

Claire said...

cute shorts! and i love this braid. very good idea. why not try a cool scarf tied around your hair too? just a thought. bet it would add a kickin' pop of color!

Anonymous said...

SO FRAGGIN CUTE!!!! I wish I could french braid but alas... I blame my sister-less life for this lack of female skill!

From Lissa..with Love! said...

I love the braid..I'm gonna have to try that with mine. I've been using a scarf on mine here lately, like Claire was easy!

Ashley said...

I think your summer beach hair looks super cute! Like Drew Barrymore circa 1995:) And sunscreen is our friend; why do we neglect it so? I'm not sure if that mystery will ever be solved;) xx

Ashley J said...

Two things-number one...I am extremely jealous you are in Destin (I freakin love that place) and number two...I love the baby braid you are rocking!

The Suburb Experiment said...

That looks so cute on you! The first picture in particular is so beachy and makes me wish I were somewhere warmer!

Tara said...

Ooooh, I love the braid! It looks so cute! I have longer, straight, thin hair, and beach hair is most definitely not my friend, either. My dumb little sister has this awesome hair that dries in these awesome waves when she gets it wet and let's it air dry, and then she always looks cute in beach pictures, while I'm stuck wearing a hat. Or sporting some really stringy mess on top of my head. Totally not fair :)

Alyson said...

totally love the braid!! so cute. I've tried to do that with my hair and never worked. either i'm miserably braid challenged or my hair hasn't been the wrong length! haha. either way, looks awesome on you!
alyson --
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rlutz said...

Such a great the little braid...perfect for the hot summer!!

Abigail's Place said...

Beach hair is such a nightmare, it always looks great in photoshoots but never in reality!
But you totally pill off the braid such a great beach look.

Just discovered your blog and love it, some beautiful posts!

Abigail x

Erin said...

I LOVE your braid! I've tried it before, but it didn't turn out well. Let's just say that my husband asked if it was permanent (with a horrified expression), so I have abandoned the notion. But I'm so happy for you that you found such a cute beach alternative!!

Oh, and I MUST get a pair of madras shorts!

Moms Have Style, Too!

Kish said...

All right, missy! First, I'm going to need you to stop thinking that those things about your face...absolutely not the case! You are working that braid, and that first pic is especially gorgeous.
Secondly. time you find some cute shorts like that at the Gap Outlet, you should send a shout out to your blogger peeps and let us wire some funds to you so that you can pick us up a pair, too! ;)

Leah said...

Before I start with the cute braid, I must say that I love the previous post. You and your husband make a very cute couple and you look great! As for the beach hair, you should try a headscarf when you need to go to a restaurant straight from the beach. It's an easy way to control the wild maine! I used to have the same problem.

xo L.

suzanne said...

what a cute lil braid! i have such fine hair that braids just laugh in my face when i try to put them in my hair.

i hope you're enjoying your vacation!

awkwardly chic

Savannah said...

I love the braid it's such a lifesaver! You look so cute, I love your hair. Oh and those sandals are to die for! Looks like so much fun at the beach, I'm jealous! :)

Ashley @ mommy wants to blog said...

Holy cow have 17 comments! AWesome blogger you! and I LOVE the looks like it was made for you!