By Greer Barnes
Sometimes it seems likes hair has a mind of its own. On the days you want to style your long hair into a sleek ponytail your hair refuses to be anything but frizzy. Maybe you cut your hair into a new short ‘do only to discover you have no idea how to style it. Either way, you’re stuck in a hair rut and you need a way out.
Enter summer beach hair: your answer for an easy, unkempt but still polished look that works for a variety of hair types and lengths. Want to experiment with your hair color without the salon commitment? Channel your inner surfer and subtly highlight your hair the natural way with the help of a little sunshine and a few items you already have in the kitchen.
While you can create tousled waves with a curling iron, there are plenty of ways to create beach hair that don’t require heat. Have long, thick locks? Divide your hair into two loose braids and secure with elastics before bead. Wake up in the morning, remove the elastics, and you’ve got natural waves. Have short or medium length hair? Secure your hair into a bun before bed and in the morning you’ll have voluminous hair worthy of a sea goddess.
Another easy way to achieve beach hair is to apply a sea salt spray while hair is still damp from a shampoo. Sure, you can buy a sea salt spray from the salon or store but the basic ingredients are no farther than your kitchen cabinet.
To create your own sea salt spray, combine 2 cups of distilled water (Simply boil some water and allow it to cool in a container.), 2 tablespoons of sea salt, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a bowl. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand or if your hair is extremely oily, you can substitute your favorite smoothing serum instead. You need something to nourish your hair since the combination of water and salt is very drying. Empty the contents of the bowl into a small spray bottle (available in any garden supply store) using a funnel and voilà! You have created your very own ocean in a bottle. Spray liberally on damp hair and scrunch using your fingers. Allow to air dry or blow dry on a low heat setting.
Blondes Have More Fun
No, blondes don’t always have more fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with blonde highlights this summer. You probably know that lemon juice acts a natural bleaching agent, but apple cider vinegar and honey can also lighten hair. For quick highlights, put lemon juice in your hair and allow the sunlight to work its highlighting magic. Shampoo and condition your hair following your soak in the sun to remove the lemon juice.
To lighten and moisturize your hair at the same time, combine one part honey and two parts olive oil in a bowl. To get all-over highlights, comb the mixture throughout your hair. For chunky highlights, saturate half of a cotton ball with the mixture and using your pointer finger and thumb, guide the cotton ball through two-inch sections of hair. Let your hair set in the sun for thirty to sixty minutes and then shampoo and condition. Repeat daily or every other day for more intense highlights.