Hair to Rock at a Pool Party ...

If you're going to a pool party you're sure to have a good time - but you also want to look good. But how can you style your hair when you're jumping in and out of the pool? Won't it just end up a dripping mess? Not if you pick the right style! So these are the styles that will make you look cool at a pool party …

1. High Messy Bun

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If you've got longer hair, then this is a great style for a pool party. It'll keep your hair out of the way, while still embodying the casual poolside vibe. The messier the better, so don't worry about tucking in all the ends. Just pull into a loose, high ponytail and pile into a thick, loose bun, fixing the ends with grips.

2. Loose Beach Waves

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Don't save beach waves for the beach; they make the perfect poolside style as well. Simply divide your hair into sections, twisting each one, and spray with a salt spray. Leave until dry, then unwind. For best results, leave your hair in twists overnight; the next day you'll look like you've come straight from the beach! A trilby or fedora looks ace with this style, and will protect you from the sun.

3. Fishtail Braid

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A fishtail braid is another great style for the pool, since it looks just as good casual as it does in a smart outfit. You can let loose strands fly out of your braid for that relaxed look; if there aren't any when you've finished doing your plait, just pull some out. For extra poolside style, wrap a bandanna around your head.

4. Braided Ponytail

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If a full plait is too formal for your liking, go for a braided ponytail instead. Simply part your hair on one side, and braid the longer section at the front, then pull into a ponytail. Styling your hair in a cross between a braid and a ponytail gives it a fun, casual look that's ideal for a pool party.

5. High Ponytail

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A high ponytail is a great look for a pool party, but you want to style it so that it doesn't look like you just scraped your hair back! The trick is to give the front section a little height by fixing it with pins or backcombing before pulling into a band. Wrap a section around the band to disguise it.

6. Slicked Back

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For shorter hair, a slicked back style is a simple way to wear your hair for a pool party. It's so easy to do, and won't get messed up if you decide to swim! Just use a little product to smooth your hair back and it should stay in place. If you want to add some sass to your slicked back style, pop on a narrow hair band.

7. Low Chignon

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If you want to lounge elegantly by the pool, fix your hair into a low chignon. Make sure there are no loose strands flying free! For that Grace Kelly look, tie a wide scarf around your head in the style of a headband, or wrap it round the bun. This look would look especially stylish with a classic one-piece swimsuit and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head from the sun.

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