Few accessories offer a girl as many opps for experimentation during summer-time as your hair. And because we're already day-dreaming about those first few sandy weekend romps in Montauk and Maine, we've decided to get our sexy beach-hair routine down pat. Since the bottom line for truly successful summer hairstyles is always a 'do that is super easy, we've enlisted mane experts to school us in the art of perfectly wild, perfectly textured and tousled beach hair. Our own R29 tips? Weave in a little relaxed braid on one or both sides, letting the ends fray a bit to make the look even more castaway chic. Or, post-product (and especially for shorter hair), try twisting up the ends and securing with a few bobby-pins here and there to get a messy-elegant up-do that's pretty much as easy as a day at the beach.
2. Blast each braid with a blowdryer until dry, or sleep on the braids.
4. Use the pads of your fingertips and massage hair along the crown to create some cool flyaways and a subtle lift at the crown.
5. You can also use an 1 1/4" curling iron to create a few face framing waves. Wind the hair around the curling iron, twisting the hair a bit to create a bit of ropiness, leave about an inch of hair out of the iron, so the ends remain flat. The flat ends give the look a more unstructured cool-girl vibe instead of being too pretty. Rake hands thru the curled pieces to loosen.
Above: At Proenza Schouler's spring 2010 show, Didier Malige, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai prepped hair with Fekkai Beachcomber Leave-in Conditioner, $23, spritzed it with Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray, $23, blow-dried the hair using his fingers as a brush, and finished the look by pulling Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Creme, $23, through the hair with his fingers. We recommend Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray, $23, for an instant windswept look. Proenza Schouler backstage photos by Josie Miner.
Above: For wavy or curly hair like these mane muses from Bumble and bumble, spray hair liberally with Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion, $18, work through hair then apply Curl Conscious Defining Creme, $27, working through hair from nape, moving forwards. Scrunch while air drying. If desired, tease roots and crown for more lift.
Above, left: For lightweight beach texture and volume, distribute Philip Pelusi USDA-Certified Organic Beach Comber Paste, $28.95, evenly throughout your entire head, scrunching with your palms as you go. For a piece-y look, add small amounts to key strands and finger style. Above, middle: Inspiration image from Roxy's summer lookbook. Above, right: Aussie's new Catch the Wave collection enhances naturally wavy hair adding definition and shine.