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I have a (shocking?) confession to make: I haven't had a professional haircut since 2007. And now for a less shocking confession: I've been cutting my own hair instead. For a long time, one of my early summer rituals was to give my hair a thorough chop in preparation for the scorching hot weather... usually something along the lines of a chin-length angled bob. Cute, but with limited styling possibilities.
A couple of years ago I decided it was time to grow my hair out—no more annual summer chop. And I think it's finally at a place where it could be described as "long." Helloooooo new hairstyles! One look I've always wanted to try with long hair is the windswept beachy waves look—it just looks so casual and cool. Perfect for summer. I've been experimenting with tousled styles over the past couple of months, and now I'm ready to share my easy technique for beachy waves with you. This works best for medium to long hair, though with a little modification, even short-haired types could benefit. Better yet: My style doesn't require any hot tools. No melting under the hairdryer in the hot summer sun.
STEP ONE: It's best to start with a clean canvas, so wash yo' hair! I used John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ Shampoo and Beach Blonde™ Smooth Seas™ Conditioner. Both products have a subtle, invigorating minty scent, and they leave hair feeling clean but still soft and touchable. I especially like the conditioner—my hair is a lot easier to comb after using it.
STEP TWO: Allow your hair to air dry. It's OK if it's ever-so-slightly damp, but you don't want it to be soaking wet. (Personally I start with dry hair, but I can understand wanting to speed along the process.) Using your fingers, section off a small piece of hair and spritz it with John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray. Using your index finger, twirl hair into a tight twist in the direction away from your face.
Using a sectioning clip or bobby pin, secure end of your hair twist to the top of your head.
STEP THREE: Repeat step two as many times as you wish wherever you want to create waves! Keep in mind that smaller twists will yield tighter waves and bigger twists will yield looser waves (but also take longer to dry).
Oh, and don't forget to make sassy faces at yourself in the mirror while you're twisting. Meow.
STEP FOUR: Allow the twists to air dry. I find that this takes about an hour if I'm starting with dry hair, but if your hair is really thick or really damp, it may take a bit longer. The good news is that you can always let your hair do its thing overnight... but I'd recommend using bobby pins instead of clips in that case so you don't accidentally stab yourself in the skull whilst tossing and turning!
Once your hair is totally dry, release the twists. Your hair will look sort of ropey at first, so run a soft brush (or your fingers) gently through your hair to soften things up. Et voilà, soft beachy waves!
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of using sea salt spray on my hair, but now that I've tried it, I'm hooked. I recommend using it instead of plain water to twist up hair because it adds more texture, plus Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray smells really delicious. Kind of like coconuts with a bit of fruit in there, maybe? A tropical cocktail for your hair. I can also see it making a great "scrunch" spray for shorter-haired gals and guys.
It's also worth noting that John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products work for all hair colors, not just blondes—I'm obviously not a blonde, and I loved them! (Though if you are blonde, it's worth checking out their Sheer Blonde line—I used it back when I did have blonde hair.) In any case, you can find all three Beach Blonde™ products in the haircare section of your local Walmart!
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Are you a fan of the tousled, beachy look? Have you tried any of the John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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