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.
Instant Beach Hair DIY! Bumble and bumble's Editorial Stylist Sabrina Michals tells us how to get that sexy beach hair look nice and easy.
2. Blast each braid with a blowdryer until dry, or sleep on the braids.
3. Gently unravel the braids and rake fingers through hair. Spray a little with Bumble and bumble Hair Powder, $35, to create more texture.
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.