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Don’t get us wrong: We love us some ocean-side R&R, but the best part of any tropical vacation is — hands down — the way our strands just seem to fall into beach-wave perfection after a single dip in the water.
But, as anyone who’s tried to replicate the carefree look knows, it turns out those effortless, tousled beach waves aren’t so effortless after all. And, while we can’t send you off on your own tropical vacay (our sincerest apologies), we can show you how to capture the easy, relaxed style sans sunshine.
Whether your mane is naturally curly or you’re dealing with pin-straight strands, we rounded up all the products you’ll need — from a mineral-rich sea salt spray to a texture paste that’ll give your tresses some serious grit — to replicate those straight-from-the-beach waves. So throw on your bathing suit, grab a daiquiri, and click through our picks for faking the breezy look — no sunscreen necessary.
If you're anything like us, your bathroom counters and drawers are overflowing with beauty products you've amassed. No judgment: Our makeup collections have gotten slightly out of control, too — and we definitely can’t part with the million nail polishes and eyeliners that have captured our hearts over the years.
While we're more inclined to define life stages by our own set of milestones (signing your first lease, buying your first investment piece, getting that promotion), age is an undeniable fact of being human. Many a life lesson comes to pass as you move from decade to decade, and with time your identity and your wardrobe read