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20 Perfect Swimming Hairstyles

20 Perfect Swimming Hairstyles

We have done a lot of swimming this summer! I love spending time soaking up the sun, while splashing in the pool. One thing that can ruin a swim day is constantly having to fix your hair while you are trying to enjoy the sun and the water. Well worry no more because I’ve got your back, girl! I have rounded up over 20 PERFECT swimming hairstyles that are great for both little girls and adults!

Click on the hairstyle title to take you to each tutorial!


Swimming Hair for Kids

Mermaid braid

This braid ponytail is a great option for kids because it keeps tangles under control as you are getting in and out of the water.

Twist wrap ponytail

A literal twist on a classic! This twist wrap ponytail takes the look of a twist ponytail and elevates it. The added braid makes a gorgeous look that is also great to swim in all day.

Pigtail buns

Pigtail buns are a favorite at our house. They work really well with goggles because they don’t get tangled in the goggle strap.

Small Ponytail and Double Braids

A secure braided pigtail style, that doesn’t require French braiding and eliminates the hair constantly falling out of the braids? Yes, please! 

Swimming Braided Pigtails

Minnie Mouse Ears Hairstyle

When your swimmer wants to be a little more extra, this Minnie Mouse ears hairstyle is a fun option. The hair stays very secure with this hairstyle, so it is a great option for waterpark days.

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Rope Braid Twist

For a simple ponytail that will do more to prevent tangling, look no further than this rope braid twist. It would be an ideal option for early morning swimming lessons because it takes very little time to do.

Rope Braid Twist Ponytail

Swimming Hairstyles Using Elastics

Loom Braid

While this style doesn’t come with step by step directions, it can be easily recreated by following along from the top to the bottom. Having a hairstyle that uses a lot of elastics can be a good option for people who’s hair doesn’t stay in a ponytail easily while swimming. 

An additional tip! Use Shine n’ Jam on each section of hair as you pull it into the elastics. This helps keep the hair smooth and grips onto all of those flyaway hairs. It has been a gamechanger product at our house! A little product goes a long way, so the jar should last you for quite a while.

Easy Swim Hairstyle

Easy Twist Hairstyle

A hairstyle that can easily be done before swimming and that can be worn for a few days of swimming lessons is this twisted ponytail hairstyle. It is great on fine toddler hair, older kids, and adults.

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Toddler Elastic Web Hairstyle

The page this tutorial was on no longer exists but you can watch the same hairstyle tutorial that is linked, without making it a Halloween style. To keep the hair even more protected from tangles, you can finish off the hair in one side ponytail all together.

Toddler Web Hairstyle

Hairstyles for Swim or the Gym

2 strand flat twist

This hairstyle is great for natural hair to stay protected when you are swimming. This video shows how to easily create a two strand flat twist that you can pull back like this style shared.

Boxer Braids with Ballerina Bun

For a secure hairstyle that is great for both kids and adults, this boxer braid hairstyle is perfect. The braids keep the hair from getting tangled, while the bun prevents water from dripping from a ponytail all day. 

Swimming Boxer Braids

Dutch Braided Pigtail Buns

This doesn’t include a tutorial but if you follow the boxer braid tutorial listed above and braid from the bottom, you will end on top and can put the ends in buns. It is a hairstyle that is great for all ages.

Double Braided Buns

Bunched Ponytail

While this isn’t a tutorial, this style can be created by putting all of the hair in one ponytail and adding small elastics down the ponytail. Tug a little on each section to make the bubble effect.

Bunched Ponytail

Looped Twist Ponytail

While this original post doesn’t exist anymore, there is a hairstyle linked that will give you the same look, if you pull all of the hair into the flips. It is a hairstyle that I personally find myself going to a lot for both the pool and the gym!

Loop Twist Ponytail

Dutch Braid Pigtails

Dutch braid pigtails are always a good idea. They not only look absolutely beautiful but they do their job of keeping the hair out of your face while you enjoy swimming.

Swimming Dutch Braid Pigtails

Simple twist

There is nothing better than feeling elegant and having it come effortlessly. This simple twist hairstyle not only keeps the hair protected but makes you look put together. 

Braided Ponytail

When you want to keep your hair out of your face but want a little something more than a ponytail, this braided ponytail is a simple alternative.

Braided Ponytail

Pretty Hair for Swimming and After

Braided cross over ponytail

If you want your hairstyle to feel a bit elevated before and after your time at the pool, this braided cross over ponytail style is a great option. It keeps the hair in place, without being a boring ponytail.

Quick and Simple Hair Braided Cross Over Ponytail on

Fishtail Braid

This is a cute hairstyle for a lighter swimming day. The pretty details of the braid may be lost if your hair is going to be getting repetidly wet but if you are having a more calm beach day or are spending most of the day in an innertube, this would be a great style to sport! 

fishtail braid pigtails

Bubble ponytail

For a style that is both gorgeous in and out of the pool, this bubble ponytail is a winner. It can be styled with or without clips but adding bright colored clips to match the swimming suit is definitely always a good idea!

Curly Hairstyle Inspiration

Alternating topsy tail

For a more unique twist on the topsy tail hairstyle, this alternating topsy tail look keeps the hair out of your face, while making more of a statement. 

Back Braid

Similar to the style shown above, this back braid is created with the topsy tails stacked on top of each other.

Back Braid

Swimming Hairstyles When You Aren’t in a Rush

Shoelace braid

An absolutely stunning hairstyle that can also keep your hair in place while swimming? This shoelace braid defies all odds! Do keep in mind that this is a little more time consuming than most of the styles on this list but the results are worth it! 

Double Waterfall Triple French Braid

This double waterfall triple French braid looks simple but it has so many braids happening, it is sure to keep your hair in place while you are swimming. It does take a little more effort but when it doesn’t come undone throughout the day, it is time well spent.

Double Waterfall Triple French Braid

Twist Knot Bun

If you want to hide the bulk of your hair, this twist knot bun is the right choice. The twists allow the hair to shrink up, creating a unique bun and keeping the hair off of your neck.

Twist Knot Bun Tutorial on

Swimming Hair Products

Swimming hair care is more than just getting your hair out of your face! It is important to keep the hair moisturized and prevent as much chlorine damage as you possibly can. Some great ways to do that are by using a clarifying shampoo after you get out of the pool, using a highly moisturizing conditioner, and spraying a leave in conditioner into your hair before getting into the pool. I am normally an advocate for not washing your hair too often but that doesn’t count when you have been swimming in chlorine. It is important to get those chemicals out of your hair. Don’t use a clarifying shampoo regularly. Only use it after you have been swimming. It is much more intense than other shampoos and can do more damage than good if it is used regularly.

If you are swimming outside, don’t forget the SPF! Your scalp and your hair will thank you if you just spray a little SPF on it before playing in the sun.

I have linked some of my favorite swimming hair products below.

Clarifying Shampoo

Moisturizing Conditioner (This is one of several that I like. There are lots of great options available.)

After Swim Leave in Conditioner

Hair SPF (There are several good options available. Just be sure to get one made specifically for hair.)

Now you have NO excuse but to have beautiful hair at the pool that is going to keep your hair out of your face!

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Don’t forget to make yourself some post swim spray leave in conditioner, while you’re at it!

Coconut Lavender After Swim Leave In Conditioner on      Swimming Hairstyles and Tips



Friday 28th of June 2019

I love these! I DO wish that all of them had a how to do this instead of only a few. LOL!