10 ways to take your hair from the beach to the bar

Beach to bar, pool to dinner, sunlounger to cocktails… It’s an easy life on holiday, and it’s about to get even easier with these styling hacks from top hairdressers.


Steve Robinson Art Director, Electric Oxford

"Beach hair is great hair! You can totally rock your tousled, salty locks on a night out if you ensure that you try to maintain the hairs health. Keep the hair silky by using a spray in hydrating product - this will increase shine and it from looking too dry"


Mark Mountney, owner and director, Zoology

"A great style to choose is a half-up half-down style, which takes some heat and weight away from the shoulders but still looks chic. If your hair is frizzy, run a small amount of smoothing serum through the ends."

Rachel Bartlett for Toni&Guy at Barrus

Chantal McAuliffe, stylist at Rainbow Room International

“I love messy topknots - the messier and higher the better! Leaving it a bit undone with lots of salty texture just adds to that boho beach-to-bar style we all love!”

Duffy for L'Oréal Professionnel at Marques Almeida

Steve Rowbottom, Director and co-founder at Westrow salon group

"If you simply can’t let go of the smooth shiny locks you love so much back home, you don’t need to. A pre-holiday smoothing treatment will smooth hair, reduce frizz and make itsofter, shinier and more manageable, without straightening."


Lauren Tudor, En Route Hair

“Try wearing your hair in a French plait throughout your day at the beach. Then when you are getting ready to hit the bars in the evening, take out the plait to reveal lovely soft beachy waves - the hard work has been done for you!”

Guido for Redken at Alberta Ferretti 

Mark Caswell the Salon Director at Umberto Giannini

"Laziness is the real spirit of beachy hair so choose products that give you a look in one - like Umberto Giannini Catch A Wave Beach Texture Spray. Leave the irons at home, summer hair is natural hair at its best."


Tasha Stevens, colourist at Jamie Stevens

"Keeping your hair up whilst on the beach will stop you from getting too hot and prevents the hair getting greasy from sweat. Dry shampoo is a must for counteracting this - spray in and scrunch the hair."

Sarah Chesnais for Toni&Guy at House of MEA

James Taylor, Barrie Stephen Hair

“Braiding is definitely the simplest and best way to style hair when you’re headed from the beach to the bar! Don’t forget to take lots of small hair elastics and lots of grips – essential holiday hair kit!”

Cos Sakkas for Toni&Guy at Paul Costelloe

Zoe Williams, director at Ken Picton Salon

"If you want to keep your hair protected from the sun, but don't intend on getting it wet through the day, try keeping it in a tight sleek bun from wet hair with plenty of conditioner."

Guido for Redken at Dior
Declan Howarth, manager at Blue Tit Dalston

"Braids work better in hair that hasn’t been washed. Dampen dry hair slightly with a sea-salt spray, weave in to a fishtail braid and, to finish, lightly pull random strands from the braid roughen up the look."