How to: perfect beach waves
For reasons unknown, spending a day in the sun and surf often results in perfectly tousled, done-but-not-too-done beach hair. Of course, it may also result in a nasty sunburn, but you don’t have to make a trip to the shore to achieve perfect beach waves. Just follow these steps to summer-ize your hair:
Wavy or curly hair
- Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
- Towel dry hair and use your fingers to work an anti-frizz product like John Frieda Frizz Ease hair serum into your hair.
- Pull hair into a loose, messy bun and let air dry almost fully.
- When hair is nearly dry, release from bun and spray with a sea salt spray like Bumble and Bumble surf spray. Scrunch.
- Use a one-inch curling iron to fix pieces that did not scrunch well, but make sure to shake out hair when you’re done so that it doesn’t look too “finished.”
- Start with dry hair. It is best if your hair is unwashed — dirty hair has more texture and therefore holds waves better.
- Spray hair with a sea salt spray like the Bumble and Bumble product mentioned above or Fekkai beach waves.
- Split hair into horizontal sections. Depending on your hair’s thickness, you might want to split it into a top, middle and bottom section, but if you have very thin hair, you should be able to make do with just two sections.
- Pin top section up.
- Wrap sections of hair around the barrel of a one-inch curling iron — do not use the clamp! You’ll achieve more casual waves as opposed to tight curls this way.
- Once you’ve finished the bottom section, move on to the next and continue this process until you’ve waved all sections.
- Shake out hair slightly and spray with more sea salt spray. If your hair doesn’t hold waves well, you might want to spray it with a flexible hold hair spray instead.
If you have a tried-and-true beach hair technique that I haven’t mentioned here, I’d love to hear it in the comments below!