We've Got It: The Key to Perfect Beachy Hair This Summer
With summer just around the corner, now is the time to master the art of “beachy waves.” And who better to teach us how to get perfect beach hair than Sarah Potempa, creator of the Beachwaver and celebrity hairstylist to Lea Michelle, Romee Strijd, and more.
So just what is perfect beach hair? Unlike the hairstyle implies, beach hair is not the texture of your tresses after you take a dip in the ocean. No, perfect beach hair is a series of S curves that are almost always created with a curling iron. And while that may sound simple enough, the hairstyle can prove rather tricky for those of us with a texture that doesn't quite hold a wave. Fortunately, Potempa has remedied this issue via tips and products for straight and curly hair types alike. For Potempa’s step-by-step instructions on how to create beach waves for a variety of hair textures, keep on reading.
1. Let Your Hair Air-Dry
2. Section Your Hair
3. Curl Your Hair
Beachwaver Beachwaver S1 ($129)
If you have straight or fine hair that doesn't hold a curl, Potempa recommends curling one-inch sections of hair with a .75 barrel. Have curly hair? Create smooth waves by curling 1.5-inch sections of hair with a 1.25-inch barrel. Not quite sure what texture you have? Potempa recommends curling one- to 1.5-inch sections of hair with a one-inch barrel if your hair is neither straight nor curly.
Now that you've figured out which curling iron to use, you can get started on curling your hair. To do this, twist one to 1.5 inches of hair (depending on your hair texture) around the barrel. Make sure to leave out your ends for a more lived-in wave. Repeat this throughout the rest of your hair, alternating the direction in which you curl with every other strand. Once you've reached the front of your head, Potempa says to curl your strands away from your face so as to accentuate your features. Pro tip: If you have curly hair, Potempa suggests spraying a brush with flexible-hold hair spray and combing out the curl as soon as it has been removed from the heat. This will create a smooth, voluminous wave.
4. Set With Hair spray
R+Co Outerspace Flexible Hold Hairspray ($30)
How you set your hair depends on your hair texture. If you have fine or straight hair, Potempa says to spray a flexible-hold hair spray directly onto the curls. However, if you have curly or wavy hair, she recommends spraying a brush with flexible-hold hair spray and then brushing out your curls.
5. Apply Finishing Cream
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($15)
For those of you with curly or wavy tresses, Potempa recommends running finishing cream through your waves to add separation. If your hair has a tendency fall flat or straight, separate just your ends with a bit of finishing cream so as not to weigh down your curls.
6. The Final Result
Depending on the curling iron and barrel size you use, the final result should look a little something like the below pictures.