If there’s one hair trend that never goes out of style, it’s beachy hair. Season after season, year after year, effortless and natural waves are seen on runways and celebrities the world over – think: Khloé Kardashian, Gisele, Gigi Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin to name a few.
But don’t worry; you don’t actually need to be dunking your head in the sea every day to get the look. Whether your hair is short, long, thick, or fine, it couldn’t be easier to channel your inner surfer girl this summer. Read on to see which celebs boast the best beachy hair and discover Savoir Flair’s top tips and product recommendations to get locks that rival those of a mermaid.
A Spritz of Salt
Salt sprays are incredibly easy to use and a sure-fire way to surfer-girl style. Just watch out for ones that are super sticky – some contain oil that helps prevent that. Simply spritz onto wet or damp locks, scrunch, and let dry. You can also apply it to dry hair for a beachy boost, but don’t use too much of the product or your hair may become too dry and crunchy.
Bumble and Bumble ‘Surf Infusion’
Braids for beachy waves is an age-old trick that probably reminds you of your younger years. For a simple beachy style, wash your hair in the evening and allow it to dry naturally until it’s around 80 percent dry. Before you go to bed, part your hair down the center and braid both sides. In the morning, take out the braids and separate the hair with your fingers. For added texture, spritz on some sea-salt spray and scrunch with your hands.
Alternatively, for a wavy effect more natural than that achieved by slept-in braids, try having some fun with buns. Take damp hair, spritz with a salt spray if your hair tends to drop quickly, and twist into four (or more) sections. Next, twist each section tightly up into a bun, secure with pins, and leave to dry. You can do this just before bed, too. Once your hair is dry, let the buns out, spritz with hairspray or a salt spray, and you’ll have waves for days.
Cream for Curls
Try applying a curling cream to damp hair before putting it up in a twisted bun, braiding it, or twisting it into small sections – they will all create natural-looking waves. Wait until your hair is dry before setting it loose and letting your locks fall free. This will help define the waves and prevent them from dropping.
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Who better to ask about surfer waves than Jen Atkin, hair stylist to beachy-haired beauties like Khloé Kardashian and Gigi Hadid? Speaking exclusively to Savoir Flair, Atkin tells us that her top tip is to “put duckbill clips about two inches apart horizontally throughout the hair, spray some ocean mist, blow-dry over it, and then take out the pins for that effortlessly cool wave”.
Twist your hair before you wrap it around your waving tongs and leave the ends free – this will help you avoid that ringlet look and is an easy way to create that beachy, effortless feel. To make it look even more natural, wrap your hair around your tongs in alternating directions. For example, wrap one section away from your face, the next towards your face, and continue like this. This makes for perfect imperfection! Always wave your hair a day (or two) after you wash it because soft, freshly washed hair is almost impossible to style and often results in waves dropping out just minutes after you’ve set them – not ideal!
And If You Have Curly Hair…
Then slightly straightening your locks will help create that beachy look. Twist your curls into small sections, then run your straightener down and over the twisted hair – this will help create a wavier effect whilst straightening out the curls.