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How to Get Beachy Waves

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Posted by Courtney Kabbes on May 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Summer is here! It’s finally time for new wardrobes, beauty regimens, and most importantly, hairstyles. Beachy waves are undeniably everyone’s favorite go-to summer hairstyle and between the salt water and wind you’re bound to leave the beach with gorgeous looking hair. But when the beach is too far away or when you spend your days cooped up in the office, what’s a girl to do? We’ve got the perfect solutions for your wavy hair woes.

1. Sea Salt Spray

The easiest way to get beachy waves is by applying salt spray to damp hair. Salt sprays work on all hair types and can also help boost hair volume and control frizz.  

Different methods work for different hair types, so it’s best to experiment and find the one that works best for you. This is a preferred method for effortless waves:

1. Spray a little (less is more) product onto damp hair.*

2. Scrunch hair from end to roots.

3. Let hair air dry or tilt your head upside-down and blow dry with a diffuser.

*If you feel the need to dry your hair when getting out of the shower, put down the towel and opt for a 100% cotton t-shirt instead. This will help reduce frizz and ensure that your curls look beachy keen.

Salt sprays can be drying to your hair, so try not to use them every day. Prevent your locks from drying out by using moisturizing conditioners and hair serums.

2. Curling wands

I’ve recently invested in a curling wand and I’m not sure how I ever lived without one. The younger, more popular sister to the curling iron, curling wands give you a more polished beach wave.

When deciding on which size curling wand to choose, keep in mind that the bigger the wand, the looser the curl. Begin by dividing your dry hair into sections. Spray heat protectant as you go to prevent damage, especially to split ends. Wrap the individual sections around the curling wand and hold hair into place for 8-12 seconds (make sure that the tip of the curling wand points down.) When you’ve finished and your curls have cooled down, run your fingers through your hair for a tousled look. Finish by spritzing with shine spray and voila!

3. Braids

While braids are perfect for summer on their own, they’re also a cheap alternative for creating beachy waves.  

Apply a small amount of leave-in-conditioner to damp hair to keep hair soft and shiny. If you have thin hair, you may want to add a little curl-enhancing gel to give your hair that extra “oomph.” Loosely braid your hair into multiple sections (you’ll need more braids if your hair is thick and less if it is thin.) The next morning, gently release your braids, and if your hair still feels damp, blow dry with a diffuser.

Have you tried any of these techniques? Which technique is your favorite? How do you get beachy waves? Let us know!

Photo Source 1: Della Bass 

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