Creating Carefree Waves
Summer’s almost here! As the weather gets hotter and the sun shines brighter, beachy, easy waves are the best accessory for the season. Beachy waves are one of the best parts about the summertime: they’re relatively low-maintenance, easy to style, and look great with everything from a bikini to a party dress. But sometimes those elusive, perfect waves stay just out of reach. If you’re frustrated with your lack Cabo-worthy hair, don’t worry! We’ve got five easy steps to get the perfect tousled beachy head.
Step 1: Prep Your Hair
It’s best to start with two-or-three day hair, meaning you haven’t washed it in a couple days. If your hair gets way too greasy for you to wait that long, then make sure to wash with a conditioning cleanser that doesn’t strip the natural oils away from your hair: those natural oils are what help create curl, and even if it initially looks too slick, the next step will fix that extra shine. If you want to add a tighter curl to this beachy look, try wearing braids for the first two or three days to form a curl pattern on your head. The best types of braids to achieve this are French braids, since they allow hair from the roots to the tips to get nice and curly. If you’re looking for more of a gentle wave, just let your hair go natural during the waiting days.
Step 2: Choose Your Products
Luckily, this style is super low maintenance, so you’ll only need a couple products. If your hair is fine, thin, or naturally oily, look for a salt spray. These are super popular, and can be found everywhere from the drugstore to high-end salons. Look for formulas that don’t have parabens or sodium laurel sulfate, as these can dry out your hair. Instead, opt for formulas that have real salt in them, as well as dry oils like sweet almond or argan oil. If you’d prefer to go the DIY route, simply mixing equal parts distilled water with kosher salt and a few drops of your favorite dry oil is a perfect formula: just grab a clean, empty spray bottle and you’re good to go! If your hair is thicker, coarser, or drier, look for a texturizing paste. This is a great option for taming frizz, making your curls more defined, and bringing out your natural texture. No matter what your hair type, make sure to finish with a light-hold hairspray. This will keep any frizz from emerging and keep your waves nice and bouncy all day. If you have oilier hair towards your roots, opt for a clear or color-matched dry shampoo.
Step 3: Apply Your Products
For those using a sea salt spray: simply flip your hair over and give your whole mane a liberal dose of the spray, making sure to focus on the ends of your hair where your waves will be most obvious. Flip your hair back up (feel free to do this part with some pizzazz), give your hair another good misting, then scrunch your hair with a “clenching” movement, moving your hand up the hair shaft. Finish with dry shampoo on your roots for an ultra-volumized look. If you’re using texturizing paste, simply take two or three fingers depending on your desired wave size, and curl your hair away from your face. Once you have the curl in your fingers, rub a tiny amount of texturizing paste over the hair, almost like your fingers are a curling iron and the texturizing paste is hairspray. Continue doing this all throughout the rest of your hair, making sure you don’t do “even” rows of curls (it’ll look too polished). Once you’re done, gently shake the curls out, and finish with a light-hold hairspray.