Get beach hair at home.
Long, loose locks, beachy waves and salty tousles–we see the effortless yet glamorous hairdo all over our Instagram feeds, plastered to TV screens and in many magazines. The hair trend that pays a visit to our world at the start of every summer is back, but it doesn’t have to haunt us. Gone are the days of painfully pinning curlers to your head and tirelessly teasing your roots to achieve that Jersey Shore volume. I’ve even gone so far as to not wash my hair for days after swimming in the ocean just to hold onto my summer waves as long as I could (though I do not recommend this strategy). Because our community at large does not spend time lounging on the beach on a daily basis, it is time we conquer the seemingly unattainable summer goal from right here at home. Montclair, consider this Beach Waves 101. I’ve done my best to discover the top products and regimens for complete volume, shine, and body, all while rocking the effortless wave. Some suggestions may seem a tad odd and uncanny, but give it a go before you say no, I have a feeling you’ll be quite pleased with the results.
- Don’t Brush Your Hair
You heard me. Ditch the brush after a wash but before you go to sleep. At nighttime, the weather provides the perfect temperature to sleep with the windows open. The fresh air and yes, bed head, act as the perfect foundation for easy waves without the work.
- Shampoo OR Conditioner: Pick One
This is your excuse to be lazy! Who doesn’t love a beauty routine that requires less effort? I take to conditioner on most occasions when going for the messy do simply because it builds a tougher texture and creates hair that holds. Don’t do this back-to-back to avoid greasy hair.
- Purchase Product for LESS
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil is my go-to product for nearly every hairstyle, but most especially summer waves. It eliminates the frizz and flyaway’s caused by the humidity all while maintaining head turning shine. It is truly made for a girl on any budget. Find it at CVS at 49 Claremont Ave.
- Get Creative: DIY Salt Spray
If you have the time (10 minutes max) to whip up the ocean-in-a-bottle treatment that has gained popularity around the web, read on. Five simple ingredients do the deed, most of which you may already have at home:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 1 tsp Epsom salt
- 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
Mix the ingredients together in listed order and get spritzing. While salt is said to dry out hair, the coconut oil and aloe vera gel balance the threat with massive amounts of moisture. Start small, as every hair takes differently to the recipe and apply to wet hair.
A girl with good hair can do anything, especially a Jersey Girl. Accessorize your flirty summer waves with sun kissed skin (always SPF!) and seasonal nail polish–pinks, yellows, lavenders; the choice is yours. Here’s to happy hair days!