By Alix Turoff
Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up on no-fuss, beachy hair. Easy waves are perfect for every season and we’re letting you in on the secret to getting surfer girl hair sans ocean. The right products are the key to that effortless, wear anywhere hair that we love and, lucky for you, we’ve found tried and true favorites that will make it look like you just came from the beach – even if you are snowed in.
How To Get Beachy Waves All Year Long
Flyaways. When it comes to fall and winter weather, precipitation makes it really difficult to keep away unsightly flyaways. JASON Volumizing Mousse in Kiwi and Apricot ($8.99) adds volume and definition to the hair while controlling frizz and adding resistance to humidity. If you have straight to wavy hair, apply a quarter size amount to towel-dried hair and blow dry without a brush, for curly hair, do the same thing but scrunch with your fingers as you blow dry.
Powder. Believe it or not, you can actually use powder – yes, powder! – to get the perfect waves. Got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder ($3.99) is super lightweight and is amazing for adding volume for limp hair. Just work some of the powder into your roots and within 10 seconds you’ll notice a dramatic increase in the volume of your hair. Continue to work the powder into your hair until you get your desired waves.
Heat. Sometimes we just want to use the good old curling iron. But if we turn to our convenient friend often, we run the risk of damaging our hair. Before you style your hair with heat, spray Sultra Curl Safe Protective Spray (18) into your hair to protect strands and color while keeping your style in place.
Shine. Winter weather can make normally healthy hair look lack-luster. Redken’s Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist ($16.99) is a weightless spray that adds instant shine to hair. If you happen to use an iron to achieve your waves, finish your style with this mist to add shine and increase vibrancy. What we really love about this is that it’s packed with nourishing vitamins and oils to keep hair healthy all winter.
Salt. When we think of the beach, we can’t forget the sand in our feet and we definitely can’t forget the salt in the air. Catwalk by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($15) is what you need if you’re craving that natural look that you (thought you could) only get from a dip in the ocean. For a boho, messy in a sexy way look, spray the salt solution into wet, damp or dry hair. Depending on when you apply it, you’ll get a different texture, so experiment! (We personally like to spray it into dry hair for the perfect tousled texture).
Braid. The braid is one of our secret weapons for hassle free waves. Before we go to bed, we like to apply Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist($21) into damp hair and divide hair into two braids. This texturizing spray is enhanced with milk proteins to add shine and marine extracts to help you attain that beachy look. In the morning, take the braid out and quickly go over your hair with a blow dryer and you’ll have the perfect waves in a matter of minutes.
Now you can have your pumpkin bread pudding and your beachy hair too!