Beach Hair: How To Get That Crispy-In-A-Good-Way Style

You'll never guess what the finishing touch is!
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You'll never guess what the finishing touch is!

Summer is almost here, and I don’t know about y’all, but I’m trying to get my beach hair sizzlin'.

My actually beach-styled hair.

My actually beach-styled hair.

Crispy, white head dangles have been my summer look since 2009, when I started to bleach my hair and the adjective crispy became appropriate to describe my hair. Yes, I know I am probably conjuring up the image of dreadlocks, and yes, I have always kind of wanted white ones. Don’t judge.

The thing is, when talking about beachy hair, crispy is not a negative term! On the contrary!

PREP

Going into summer, I like to slip and slide my weave with a moisturizing hair mask. Arrojo makes a great intensive one, Hair Repair Masque, that I slather all over my hair before bed and wash out in the morning.

If you have fine hair that tends to get greasy, like yours truly, I would advise washing twice in the morning before conditioning.

CLEANSE

My new shampoo obsession, y’all, is Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, which is made for "all hair types and textures, especially those looking for body, texture and enhanced natural waves." YES YES and F*&# YES!

You only have to apply a small amount for it to work up into an almost foamy (YUM) lather, removing product build-up and impurities. Plus; it smells amaze.

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CONDITION

After rinsing out I follow up with Bumble and bumble Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner, which is lightweight as all hell, and leaves your hair with that texture and bod you crave! Rinse thoroughly, and now you’re ready for styling.

STYLING

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After towel drying my hair, I apply Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil to the bottom inch or so of my hair and the little patch of breakage I get at my part (the bane of my existence, but that’s a different story). Use only a tiny amount--I use a pea-sized dollop, and I have chin length hair--or you will harsh your beachy hair mellow by weighing down the texture we’re working to get going.

Next, I use Bumble and bumble Bb. Texture Hair (Un)dressing Creme, which is forreal my FAVORITE styling product ever. Their website describes it as a cream that “gives hair that elusive, undone-yet-done quality, with a hint of grit, hold and a tousled, shine-free finish.” I can’t think of anything on earth I want more, I’m so serious y’all! If it is was possible to bottle casual French insouciant hair… Oh wait, it IS, and it’s this shizz.

I squeeze about a nickel size in my palm, rub my hands together and haphazardly apply from my nape to my crown. Get crazy!

DRYING

Now for the blow-dry. For a beachy texture, brushing is not only discouraged, but not even allowed. (You can obvs use a wide toothed comb, though). All you need is your birth brushes. (What? Your hands, sorry.)

Blow-drying your hair in front of a bookshelf makes it seem more intellectual.

Blow-drying your hair in front of a bookshelf makes it seem more intellectual.

Set your dryer on low and get to it! A rough dry will suffice, so just tousle your hair with your hands around while drying.

After it’s dry, spray your hair with a texturizing salt spray--I'm using L’Oreal EverStyle Beach Spray--until slightly damp. I KNOW, we just dried, it but it’s important, OK?

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It took me forevs to figure it out, but spraying the salt spray on dry hair works so much better than on damp. Like the difference between Krystal and White Castle, or a six pack of Duane Reade grundies or La Perla, nah mean?

SETTING (how 1950s!)

Now, scrunch your hair while blow drying on a low setting and periodically twisting random parts until dry again (or diffuse). Your hair should have a slight grit, loads of body, and be more malleable.

Once it’s to your liking, spray with Elnett (I even spray some on my fingers and massage at the scalp for more of a roughed up look.

MAGIC

Now for the real mindf*ck: sunscreen!

When you’re at the beach, and you’ve just gotten out of the water and are drying your bod in the sun, you usually think to reapply your SPF, right? Well, I always tend to run my hands through my hair to slick it back. It’s hot, get that stuff off my face, plus my hands are sticky!

What it does is magic, though. It gives back a little of the greasiness your hair needs after all the salt, all while protecting your strands from the harsh rays (which will seriously bum your color out). Plus, the smell of sunscreen just gets my bits all tingly. Am I right?

And we're done!

Summer's here! Here's a summery pineapple!

Summer's here! Here's a summery pineapple!