Of course, we’d probably all prefer to get our beach hair from a day out surfing or sunning, but if you’re stuck in an office for the season there’s still hope. With the right products at your disposal, beach hair can be yours.
First, you’re going to need a salt spray to get that just out of the ocean texture. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray has been around for ages, of course, and it’s a bit pricey but it definitely does the trick. Marc Anthony’s Beach Spray has also been showing up around the blogs, and at a smaller price point. The trick to applying these products is to get them sprayed in your hair while it’s about halfway dry from a wash. Then, scrunch your hair up into coiled bun (keeping your parting intact of course) and let it dry like that. You’ll be getting plenty of texture in no time. If your hair’s still being difficult, try scrunching up the sprayed strands and pinning them up to dry with bobby pins. After everything’s dry, add some mousse if your hair has trouble keeping a wave.
A bit of dry shampoo can also do wonders for adding volume and texture to hair. Plus, letting your hair rest between washes and blow dries protects it from damage. You can end up spending quite a bit on a salon brand dry shampoo, but I’ve personally had the most luck with Batiste, which is possibly the cheapest beauty product you will ever buy for your hair. Remember though, if you have dark hair you’re going to have to brush the excess powder out with a natural bristle hairbrush, otherwise you might look decidedly greyer.
One traditional trick to getting natural highlights is to spritz a bit of lemon juice into your hair and then go sit in the sun. However, this has a tendency to aggravate your hair and strip away its protective follicle. Plus, it can turn darker hair orange! If you do decide to get some highlights to add depth to your hair colour, you’re always better off going to a professional and getting them properly bleached in (except, obviously, if you have actual experience working with your hair).
And of course, if you’re going to be outside for some serious time in the sun, remember that your hair needs some UV protection too. There are a number of sprays out on the market that do just that… and are good to apply if you’ve had a dye job recently.
Once you get your beach hair all ready, the thing to do at the moment is to tie it up in a big bohemian braid. Fishtail braids in particular are still hanging from last summer on in the fashion world as a chic braid variation, and with just the right muss makes you look like you’re just back from a Cabo vacation. Accent with a beach-ready fragrance – I’m going with Beach by Bobbi Brown this year – and you’ve got all the accessorising you need!
What products do you use to get your beach hair? Share with us below.