If you’re one of those people lucky enough to be hitting the beach this summer, or are even just in the mood to evoke the beach vibe of our favorite destinations, this hairstyle is just the ticket! Hairstylist Marlin Bressi and editor Bridget Thoreson show us how.
When most people think of summer, they think of ice-cold lemonade, running barefoot through the grass, long vacations, and juice from a ripe watermelon running down their chin. When hairstylists think of summer, however, one thing usually comes to mind: “beachy” waves.
Defined by loose, carefree curls and bouncy waves, this style captures the essence of summer; it is quick, easy, playful and flirty, perfect for every occasion from a family barbecue to evening cocktails on a moonlit patio.
– A large-barreled curling iron
– A medium-barreled curling iron
– Light or medium hold hairspray
– Sea salt styling spray or matte-finish styling paste
To get this style, begin by gently misting dry hair with a light or medium hold hairspray. This will not only help protect the hair from heat damage, but will also provide just the right amount of hold to keep your curls from falling flat from outside humidity.
Next, beginning in the nape area, take sections of hair and begin curling the hair. There’s no need to be precise with your partings or the amount of hair that you grab; the beauty of this style is that it’s supposed to look casual and carefree. If it takes you more than ten minutes to curl your hair, you’re being too much of a perfectionist.
The goal is to create a variety of different curl patterns, which is why it’s a good idea to use two different curling irons. Also, be sure to use a variety of curling techniques. When performing this style in a salon, I will usually curl each section of hair in a different direction, sometimes wrapping small sections of hair around the barrel of the iron with my hands, sometimes making large spiral curls and sometimes only curling the hair enough to put a slight bend into it. Aim for randomness and try to make each curl and wave slightly different than the others. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like an 8th grader on her way to a school dance:
Finally, after all of the hair has been curled, give the style a spray with a sea salt spray (such as Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray or Garnier Fructis Beach Chic Texturizing Spray). Use your hands to gently break apart and loosen some of the curls to create a casual feel. I like to finish this style by rubbing a tiny amount of a matte-finish paste (such as Kenra Matte Texture Putty) in my hands and scrunching it into the hair for more of a sexy “wind-blown” look. Avoid styling products that are too oily, greasy or shiny because when it comes to beachy waves, a matte finish always looks best.