Of all my friends, no one inspires more hair envy than a certain American model and designer who sports a deep Californian tan and loose, beachy waves all year long - no mean feat considering she lives in London, hardly known for its proximity to either sun or sand. The secret to her gorgeous, just off-the-beach hair, she once told me, is this: after every shower, she grabs a handful of sea salt (this is the stuff that’s responsible for making your hair look so bouncy, so sexy, so bodacious, while by the ocean), rubs it through her roots, lets her hair dry naturally, and voila! Loose, sexy waves for days. All that raw salt does make her hair super dry however, so she visits her hairdresser twice a month to deep condition her hair back to life. No pain, no gain, right? Unless your answer’s a resounding ‘hell no, we won’t go’, in which case, read on.
Beachy waves are perhaps the biggest hair trend of the last few years, and for good reason – it works well on all types of hair and requires minimal styling; nobody wants to look like they’ve spent hours at the salon anymore! Until recently, barring actually going to the beach, getting the look meant having at it with the curling tongs and risking frying your hair with all that heat – or drying it out with sea salt, like my friend above. But now that a host of sea salt sprays fortified with plant extracts and minerals that both condition and nourish hair while creating sultry, perfectly undone waves are available, you can get the look without damaging your hair - or heading to the ocean. All it takes is the right product.
1. The Product
Try Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray or Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray, to add texture to hair and give it body that will last for days. If you’ve got curly or wavy hair to begin with, work a small dollop of an anti-frizz treatment into your hair before you start - try the Crème Oleo-Curl or the Serum Oleo-Relax, both by Kerastase.
2. The Technique
Spray the sea salt formula on damp, towel-dried hair and work it through with your fingers. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a diffuser attached to your hairdryer on the lowest heat setting at the roots. Alternatively, pull your hair into a high ballerina bun and let it dry over the next hour before letting it down.
The result: natural, bouncy waves that last for days. If you can’t go to the sea, well - bring it to you!
(Irina Shayk Blanco S/S12, Izabel Goulart Elle Brasil October 2012, Natalia Vodianova Etam Spring 13, Erin Wasson for Low Luv, Catherine McNeil Vogue Australia April 2012, Isabeli Fontana Morena Rosa S/S12, Irina Shayk Beach Bunny S/S13, Bambi Northwood-Blyth Russh October/November 2012, Christy Turlington Figaro June 2011, Taylor Hill for Fashion Gone Rogue, Gisele Bundchen backstage at Givenchy S/S 12)