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The first step to create this look is preventing salt water from penetrating your hair's shaft and making it brittle by spritzing towel-dried hair with an oil spray (try Davines SU Sun Protective Moisturizing Oil, $20, 866-328-4637 for store locator). It repels salt water while adding moisture, and it prevents frizzies.

• Divide the hair you want to braid into two equal sections.

• Start a fishtail braid by holding the right section with your right hand. Then, using your left hand, pick up a one-eighth-inch chunk of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the inside of the right section.

• Repeat on the other side: Hold the left section in your left hand. Use your right hand to pick up a one-eighth-inch chunk of hair from the outer right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section.

• Continue picking up small sections and crossing them over until you reach the ends of your hair.

• Secure with an elastic.

If you're spending a lot of time in the water, when you're back home, cleanse the oil and salt from your hair with a purifying shampoo and use a deep conditioner (try Redken UV Rescue Recovery Treat, $15, redken.com).

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