How To...
Look Beach Perfect

When it's hot outside and you don't feel like blowing more heat in your face with your blow dryer, skip it and get wavy, beach hair instead! Find out how to get vacation-worthy beach hair.

Woman with wavy hairStep 1: Prep hair

The great thing about this hairstyle is that it's versatile. It works with dirty or clean hair! If you've just woken up or just gotten out of the shower, make sure your hair is damp -- not sopping wet or too dry -- and finger-comb it so it's a bit messy. If you have curly hair, then you may want to straighten it first a little and then dampen it a tad. For straight hair, the damper, the better.

Step 2: Put in product

The best hair product to use to get those fresh-out-of-the-ocean waves, is a product with sea salt in it. Sea salt will give your hair that perfect wave and a bit of a crunch too. Bumble and bumble's Surf Spray will give you a nice, natural wave with a few spritzes on your tresses. KMS Hair Play Sea Salt Spray is more budget-friendly and works for a nice wave. If you have any curl or wave in your hair, you may want to spritz all over your hair.

Step 3: Scrunch

Once you've spritzed on your sea salt spray, scrunch 1-inch pieces of hair a couple times to get the wave going. Then take 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces of hair and pin them up. Use bobby pins to secure the pieces of hair and leave them pinned for a half hour. Pinning up your hair will guarantee waves, at the least.

Step 4: Shake it out

After 30 minutes, take out the pins. Finger-comb out the pieces of hair, and then flip your head upside-down. Shake out your hair upside-down, and then give it a quick scrunching, while still upside-down. This will give you volume and body. Flip your hair up and give your tresses a couple more squirts of sea salt to finish off your beach hair look.

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Comments on "How to get beach hair"

April June 05, 2012 | 1:04 PM

I've found that, once you've been in the pool or the beach all day, if you want pretty beach waves put some loose braids in your hair before you go to bed. When you take them out the next morning, your hair will have lovely soft waves in it. Plus, if you're planning on getting back on the water the next day, you'll look great without having to wash your hair all over again, only to get it dirty in the water. I love an easy solution!

liz April 10, 2012 | 7:47 PM

An alternative to scrunching is twisting. Just divide your hair down the middle into two sections like you would with pigtails. Bring each sectioned half of hair forward over your shoulders, then twirl the entire section of hair around your fingers like a cylinder. Twist from the bottom until hair tightens into the aforementioned cylinder shape (should look kind of like Shirley Temple's pigtails). Keep twisting until hair is mostly dry - should take about 45 minutes to an hour. Once mostly dry, shake out each section to reveal loose, soft, tousled, and beachy banana curls (waves). I usually only put a little leave-in conditioner or smoothing serum for shine but if your hair is fine or straight then using a mousse will probably help curls keep their shape. Do not use gel unless you want your hair to look stiff and crunchy.

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