No beach ensemble is complete without a sun and sand-worthy hairstyle. But keeping your tresses tamed and creating summer waves that stands up to the heat and moisture is no small feat, especially if you want the look to last all day long. There are, however, some stress-free tips that can help you keep your hair looking great in the summer sun.
Get the Right Cut
To get the beach wave hairstyle you may want to consider starting with the right cut, and getting rid of any split ends to give your hair more lift and body. This will make it easier to get the look you want and cut down on your styling time each morning. Get a cut that concentrates the layers around your jawline and frames your face, while leaving the hair in the back at an even length.
Use a Salt Spray
Giving your hair a generous dose of sea spray, such as John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray, can help to create a crunchy texture that serves as a base for beachy locks. You can also create your own salt spray by combining 1 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz your hair and squeeze it with your hands to make your locks look carefree and poolside-ready.
Bring on the Curls
Put your hair up in tight curlers and leave them in overnight. When you wake up in the morning take out the curlers and rustle your hair to create that wave effect. This is a great tip for those with thin, fine, or straight hair who want to boost their volume without adding an abundance of product. You can also use a small curling iron to achieve a more subtle wave.
Cut Down on Shampoo Sessions
Having clean hair is always a good thing, but washing it too often can strip your scalp of the natural oils that keep it healthy, which triggers your scalp to produce more oils. This means that your scalp will actually feel greasy and oily faster, creating a vicious cycle of unnecessary shampooing sessions. Rather than washing your hair daily, try to rinse it right when you get out of the pool or ocean or use a dry shampoo in between washings. You can also apply a touch of witch hazel to a cotton ball and dab along your scalp line to cut down on the oil and keep your hair looking fresh and clean.
Ditch the Brush and Blow-Dryer
It may be tempting to break out the brush and blow-dryer when styling your hair, but resist the urge and opt for a comb and air drying instead. Using a blow-dryer can damage hair follicles and steal moisture away from your scalp (which is the last thing you need during the hot summer months), while a brush through wet hair can break and tear strands. A comb, on the other hand, gently loosens tangles and air drying gives your locks a much-needed break from the heat.
Prep Your Waves the Night Before
If you are usually pressed for time in the morning, why not prepare your beach wave hairstyle the night before? Simply prep your beach waves ahead of time then put it up into a bun. Then you can spend just a few minutes the next morning touching up the look with a small curling iron or spritzing with sea spray. The trick is not using a brush, even on dry hair, but running your fingers through your hair to maintain that voluminous texture.
Hydrate Your Hair
Keeping your hair moisturized will reduce split ends and keep it looking healthy and frizz-free. Opt for an organic conditioner or create your own by combining an apple cider and vinegar rinse. This rinse is ideal for blondes, as it helps to get rid of the green tint that chlorinated pools can leave behind. After you’ve conditioned your hair apply a small amount of coconut oil once a week to smooth it out and give it a glossy shine.
Get the beach wave style you’ve always wanted without all the fuss, and lavish your locks after a day in the sun by using these tips and tricks. Also, bear in mind that direct sunlight can not only dry out your hair, but fade your colors. So, when you aren’t showing off your beachy waves, make sure to cover up with a scarf or sun hat to reduce UV damage.