Annie tries out the new Sultra Bombshell curling iron from Sephora. Since it’s clamp-free and takes just a few seconds per curl, it makes getting loose waves really easy. Check out our video to hear Annie’s product review!
I've been a little wary of texturizing sprays ever since a junior high run-in with a "beach curls" product that left my hair tragically oily and flat just hours before a dance. But now my faith has been restored by A Beautiful Life Pre Game Texturizing Spray ($22), which uses natural ingredients to deliver big, coconut-scented waves and plenty of volume. I have very fine hair with an open wave, so most curl-enhancing products fail on me because they make my hair too heavy. Not this stuff, though; I can imagine it being good for girls with fine hair of any texture, because it separates without weighing down. My only caveat is that it can make your hair too big and frizzy if you over-scrunch — I initially came out looking about as poofed up as a poodle. All in all, though, an extremely effective and eco-concious way to get sweet mermaid hair.
When most of us go to the beach, we're not too concerned about what's going on with our water-soaked hair. A ponytail, air-dried strands, or a simple braid usually suit us just fine. But then there are those times that we want our hair to look a little bit more put-together, without looking fussy or overly styled. In those cases, let's look to the runway for inspiration. Here are five different styles from the catwalks perfect to wear to any beach or pool soiree.
Beachy waves are typically achieved by using some kind of mattifying product, like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($22). Recently, I became reacquainted with a spray wax styling product, and I'd forgotten how easy they are to use. Just like their matte counterparts, these spray waxes provide that laid-back choppy look, but with a slightly shiny finish. Best of all, they're lightweight.
Try Enjoy Texture Spray ($16) or Sally Hershberger's Genius Spray Wax ($12.50), both of which provide hold and texture to all hair types and lengths. Of her product, Sally says, "It's really about having the next-day sexy/messy look, with out looking all dry and greasy." To find out six different ways you can use this multifunctional product, just read more.
In this episode of Celebrity Secret Weapon, we reveal the secrets to achieving Sienna Miller's beachy hair with the help of her stylist Daniel Erdman. Check out his easy step-by-step instructions for creating these sexy tousled waves at home.
What's just as hot as bedroom hair? That's right — it's beach waves. Now that we're entering the season(s) of rising temperatures, perhaps you're thinking that a tousled, sexy look is in your near future. Recently, reader Countchocula reviewed Frederic Fekkai Beach Waves ($23), a spray that creates beachy texture in the hair. Here's why she liked it:
I love this product! My hair has natural waves and this product gives me a fresh-from-the-beach look and controls my out-of-control frizz. I recommend it because it doesn't make the hair sticky or stiff, and for a hair product, it smells great. I've run out since I bought a couple of bottles last Summer and I can't wait until Sephora and Ulta stock their shelves with this. The price is definitely worth it.
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Whenever I think long hairstyles, TeamSugar is one of my favorite go-to gals. Remember her Angelina Jolie-esque bun? This time, TeamSugar volunteered to try out the Remington Emi Airwave Anti-Static Style System ($25), an ionic blow dryer that uses a nifty little attachment to create beachy waves. It sort of reminds me of the twirling action of a vacuum cleaner, without the scary factor.
After giving the Airwave a whirl, our lovely model was pleased with the results. The attachment helped her to create non-pouffy ringlets on her naturally curly locks; She even preferred the contraption over a diffuser. Since this dryer was easy to use, didn't take long to dry her long hair, and reduced static overall, it gets her seal of approval. Check out the gallery below for more pics, and learn how to create TeamSugar's sexy style after the jump.
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Not only can the harmful rays of the sun affect your skin, they can also be damaging to your hair — especially if it is chemically and/or color treated. Below are three great SPF-enhanced products that will help protect your hair from drying out, breaking and oxidizing while you're frolicking away on a sunny day.
Capri Sun-Shield Spray ($20) is yet another new beauty product inspired by the jet-setting Italian island. The reason? Oscar Blandi loves the sunny locale and feels it's the ultimate Italian paradise. This hair mist works just a sunscreen would act on your skin. All you need is a little bit to lock in moisture, boost shine and protect hair from UVA and UVB rays.
Kerastase Voile Protecteur ($34) is a colorless spray that keeps your strands safe from drying out and oxidizing in the sun. It protects against UVA and UVB rays, salty seawater and the chemicals (generally chlorine) in swimming pools. Plus, it won't make your hair feel greasy and it washes out well.
For one more hair (and body) sunscreen, read more
After spending countless hours and dollars getting colored, highlighted, glossed and coiffed, spending just a few short hours in the sun can leave your hair looking oxidized and dehydrated. Considering that you would never imagine leaving home without sunscreen on your face, why not do the same to protect your lovely locks?
It's time to take action! Here are some tips as well as two sunscreen sprays to ensure that your hair won't get damaged from the sun. Summer days are intended to be carefree, so let's get the pool party started. After all, it may have been the 80s but Phoebe Cates' infamous poolside scene from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" can encourage us all to be wet & safe! Keep in mind that wet hair is weaker than dry hair. The cuticle is opened and hair is up to three times more delicate when wet so be mindful.
- Wet your hair with clean water before swimming so that chlorine and salt don't discolor it and dry it out.
- Secure hair in a braid or ponytail so it won't tangle and then spray it with an SPF product for protection.
- Rinse again with clean water and reapply sun protection once you get out of the water. If at all possible, protect hair even further with a hat.
For a couple of recommended summer hair sunblock sprays, read more