Leaving your hair unwashed after the beach can give you just the right texture to go straight from the surf and sand to a night on the town — or to, er, any-old movie premiere if you’re Blake Lively, Rihanna or Kate Hudson — it’s all the magic of a little sea water. “Salt water gives your hair texture and volume, and can make styling more manageable,” says celebrity stylist and John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh. If you’re land-locked, “sea salt sprays mimic the salt water effect that you would get at the beach,” he explains, so go with a spritz like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $24. Then try these cool beachy looks.
Look 1: A messy fishtail braid looks great on the beach — and after. To give it some oomph, volume is key. Create dramatic lift by parting your hair to the opposite side that you normally part, suggests Josh. Or if you part in the middle, go to either side. Then grab and secure your hair into a low ponytail and start to do a fishtail braid off to one side and secure with an elastic band (for a fishtail braid how-to, click here). Finally, pull the braid apart with your fingers and let a few pieces fall out, says Josh, so it looks casual and undone.
Look 2: After the beach, shorter cuts can be tricky. “During the summer a great head band or hair accessory is the way to go,” says Josh. “They’ll keep your hair off your face while adding a little something extra.” Simple as that.
Look 3: Classic Beach Waves: “Beachy, messy waves are the epitome of summer and they look great on everyone,” says Josh. “Just take a dip in the ocean and let your hair dry naturally and you’ll get the waves you want.” For a little help, spritz on a curl-enhancing product like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray, $6. To glam up the look, “curl hair in sections but be sure to hold the iron vertically and wrap hair around it (like a tinsel),” says Josh. Finish by brushing out to perfect the wave.
Don’t forget to apply a hair mask or deep conditioner afterward to help to replenish any moisture that’s lost from the drying ocean water. And splash away.
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– Carrie Stern Kleiner