Get Beachy Hair (No Ocean Required)

Photo: Courtesy of bumbleandbumble.comPhoto: Courtesy of bumbleandbumble.comJulie Schott, SELF magazine

I think we can all agree that when it comes to summer hair, there's nothing sexier than sea-sprayed, windswept waves from a day spent at the beach. The obvious problem? Most of us don't get to escape to the sea whenever we want!

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Problem number two: Whenever I try to recreate the look using a curling iron, my hair ends up looking more "Toddlers in Tiaras" than sexy surfer girl. I had practically given up and resigned authentic beach hair to weekend breaks and vacations until Bumble and Bumble stylist Allen Wood showed me his secret. (Hint: It involves a bunch of salt-based spray and a unique curling iron technique.) Here's how it's done:

1. Spray a saltwater solution (any will do, but Wood likes Bb. Surf Spray) on wet hair. Shake your head a few times, then let your hair air dry.

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2. Next, add more texture. Grab a 1- to 2-inch section of hair, spritz it with the surf spray, then wrap it around a 1-inch curling iron (Wood loves Hot Tools Professional marcel Iron).

3. Repeat step two throughout your hair, but vary the size of your sections and the direction you wrap the hair. You want to be imprecise. The more imperfect it looks, the more effortlessly beachy it will be.

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4. Break up the curls using your fingers, and don't worry about a few flyaways. They'll make the style that much more believable.

There you go: authentic-looking beach waves without stepping foot in the sand!


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