7 Best Braids For Swimming

by Jessica Willingham

Whether you're spring-breaking poolside with your gals or heading to a local swimming hole with your honey, one thing's for sure: You want to look cute in the water. Thankfully, we live in a world where waterproof and SPF products are aplenty, but what about your hair? These best braids for swimming will ensure that your tresses look fabulous, whether you're swimming in a pool or the ocean.

Braids are having a resurgence in style right now. Everyone is embracing braids of all kinds — box braids, dutch braids, fishtail braids, and classic pigtails are back and better than ever. Celebrities like the Kardashians, Hailey Baldwin, Lupita Nyong'o and Jessica Chastain are big fans of the trend, showing up on the red carpet with a variety of braided 'dos. It's an easy, polished look that holds up from the gym to the office and poolside, so I think everyone needs a go-to braided look they can rock anytime, anywhere and do themselves.

Messy braids won't do the trick at the pool, however. You'll want something structured that will hold up whether you're lounging or playing water volleyball. Well-woven braids look great wet or dry, and actually function best when your hair is a little bit dirty. You'll probably be so busy during spring break to even bother showering, and with this hairdo, you won't have to worry.

Here are the best braids for taking a dip.

1. Dutch Braids

Dutch braids are a great option if you have a busy spring break ahead. You can wear them for a few days, and they stay put no matter what you're up to.

2. Crown Braid

So pretty and completely out of your face, a crown braid is a sweet and sophisticated look.

3. Elsa Braid

Yep, you can steal a snow queen's style for your vacation. This is great for super thick, long hair that is always in the way.

4. Front Dutch Braid

This will look pretty as it begins to fall out. Embrace the wispies to take this look from the pool to dinner with friends.

5. Box Braids

Braid them all together or throw them up into a top knot for an easy hairstyle at the beach.

6. Upside Down French Braid Tutorial

Can't imagine parting with your ponytail? Braiding will help it stay in place longer.

7. Jumbo Braid

Katy Perry would be so proud. This is an edgy look that is super easy to achieve, whether you have naturally long hair or extensions.

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