Beach waves à la Gisele are always on our summertime hair wish list—but an actual trip to the beach isn’t always an option. Besides, my “day at the beach hair” is less sexy, tousled waves and more of a sand-filled mop topped with greasy sunscreen.
Recipe for DIY sea salt spray:
8 oz. of warm water
4 or 5 drops of the essential oil of your choosing (coconut has a great beach-y scent) or macadamia oil
2 teaspoons of course sea salt or Epsom salt
1 teaspoon of gel
Spray bottle (add all the above together and shake!)
Spray on towel-dried hair and scrunch with hands.
Ruben Colon, Senior Stylist at Sally Hershberger Downtown New Yorksalon says that the key to at-home beach hair is to start with “not-so-clean” locks. Colon prefers hair that’s been unwashed for a day or two because the natural oils help give it a beachy affect.
He advises to apply the spray on damp hair. “Seventy percent dry hair with only a little moisture is preferable because completely dry locks gives too much hold. From there, you can simply spray, scrunch (not too much or you’ll get a crunchy, hard look!), and you’re done.” Colon adds, “It’s okay to have a little frizz and a windblown texture. It actually looks cool that way.” Now that we can get behind.
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