There’s something about summer hair that makes your overall look more free-spirited and naturally beautiful. Maybe it’s the flood of loose braids and wavy sun-kissed locks seen on every beach, at brunches and at last minute get togethers that exude an effortlessness we all want to achieve. While there are braids to cover dirty hair days and braids that simply give you a fresh look, it’s mostly those beach waves I embrace this time of year. They look fabulous on a bohemian style dress day or at a more polished fancy affair – anyone can rock the look!
While you can go to the beach and let the sea salt filled breeze wisp through your hair to get lust-worthy waves, that’s not really practical for many of us. So the next best thing, creating the look at home. No matter your hair texture, there’s a trick for you. From products to naturally twisting your strands, I’m sharing 4 different ways to get beach waves without spending hours mastering the look.
Post Blow Dry Bun
If you’re in a hurry or rarely spend much time on your hair, then a post blow dry bun is your answer. If you wash your hair in the morning and want beach waves for a night out with the girls, then blow dry your hair about 3/4 the way dry. Twist hair into a bun, or create 3 smaller buns by dividing your hair into thirds. These will look cute throughout the day placed just above the nape of your neck. Secure your bun with bobby pins and before night falls your strands will be dry and ready to wear as waves. Once you’ve taken down your buns run your fingers through your hair, spray your locks with blow pro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray for hold and more volumized waves and get ready to paint the town red.
Use a NuMe Titan 3
This is the king of all hair tools – The NuMe Titan 3 leaves you with a salon quality finish every time and can create just about any curl you desire thanks to the 3 barrel sizes included. If you use the largest barrel and twist your dry hair around the wand, you’ll be left with flawless beach waves. And unlike other tools, the Titan 3 is made of titanium, resulting in less hair damage and quicker curl results. As a bonus, if you want to snooze those extra minutes in the morning, use the smallest wand size to curl your hair in tight ringlets before bed. Sleep on them and then comb though with your fingers in the morning. You’ll have a perfect blend of curls and waves, leaving you with “I was born this way” gorgeous hair.
Sea Water Spray and Scrunch
This trick works best if you already have natural wavy hair, but are looking for a boost. It can also be achieved on the straightest of strands with the right amount of scrunch and an understanding that you’ll end with a very relaxed wave. After a wash, t-shirt towel dry your tresses. Spritz your slightly damp hair with Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and scrunch. The spray with give your hair that day at the beach look once it has air dried.
Braiding Your Hair
Another easy way to create long-lasting beach waves is by braiding your strands the night before. Keep in mind that it works best on thicker hair types. Start by spraying your hair with a little water before bed (it should be slightly damp, not soaking wet) and then braid your hair and go to bed with the braid in. In the morning, let your strands down, run your fingers through your hair to separate your locks and spray a strong hold, but wearable hairspray like Garnier Fructis Style Anti-Humidity Hairspray on your hair. The affect will be more of a back and forth wave instead of a tousled, windblown look.
All four methods will leave you with effortlessly chic hair and can be achieved in under 10 minutes – a major plus in my book!
Photos: Hair World Mag, Cup of Jo, Rags and Roses, Martha Stewart.
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