When there isÂ stunning weatherÂ outside and the only thing you feel like doing is layingÂ under the sun’s warm raysÂ (with sunscreen on, of course), the last thing you want to do is spend an hour indoors fussing with your hair. Or maybe you adore fussing with your hair, but the humidity just plain refuses to make nice with your sleek style. Either way, summer calls for a relaxed and un-styled ‘do. Enter beach hair.
It’s that tousled, effortless looking hairdo,Â thick andÂ voluminousÂ with waves thatÂ make it look like you just spent the day living your other life as a mermaid on the beach. Not only is the look warm weather friendly, it’sÂ also shockingly easy to achieve.
Fortunately, you don’t actually have to take a dip in the Atlantic to getÂ salty sea strewn hair,Â you just need a texturizer, like Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray ($22) or Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray ($23). After distributing a dollop of texturizer throughout your hair, separate it into six sections to braid. Spray braids with a medium-hold hairspray like Aussie Sprunch Catch the Wave Hairspray ($6). Then depending on whether or not you decided to try out this look in the morning or at night, either sleep on it to dry or blast hair with a blow dryer. Unravel braids and shake out with fingers. Use a lighter texturizer like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Beach Texturizer ($18) to make hair appear even more windswept and viola – you’re surf chic.
If it’s a more polished and less rough-and-tumble look that you’re going for – one that’s more Gisele than Kesha – you may want to go the curling iron route.
Start by shampooing and conditioning before going to bed. Then towel dry. Apply and evenly distribute a leave-in conditioner like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In Cream ($6), by combing through hair with a wide tooth comb. Scrunch and twist pieces with your hands to encourage your hair’s natural waviness. In the morning, when dry with a full head of texture and volume, wrap sections around a medium sized (1/4 or 1/2 inch barrel) curling iron. Wrap the hair around the closed iron instead of clamping hair between the tongs, which can cause damage to ends and ruin the style’s natural effect. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds, then release. You should only have to curl select pieces, not the whole head. Wait for hair to cool and loosen curls with fingers to create more relaxed waves. Finish it off by finger-styling with a lightweight smoothing serum like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream ($8). The final product — beach hair!
Two looks and one easy, breezy summer style.