Summer – the weather is hot, shorts and dresses are in, and you’d rather be sitting on a beach with a cold drink in your hand and your toes in the sand than hard at work. One of the things I love most about summer is that I get to have some fun with my hair – and beachy mermaid hair is something I absolutely obsess over. Want to hear how I get this style?
First off, you’re going to want to find a good sea salt spray for your hair. It helps to give it a little bit more texture and body so that it can take on more shape and have a bit of hold. Right now I’m really loving Lush’s Sea Spray Hair Mist – it helps to give my hair a bit of natural wave and has a really lovely scent. One thing I just want to mention – the salt can be a little drying for your hair, so I suggest also applying some hair oil or leave in conditioner when using this.
Anyways, on to the fun stuff.
Beachy mermaid hair how to:
1. Once out of the shower, towel dry hair so it isn’t completely soaked. Spray in a moderate amount of a sea salt or waving spray to damp hair, focusing on the area mid-shaft to ends.
2. Scrunch your hair – this will help to better distribute the spray and to really give your hair a natural wavy shape. Try not to touch your hair too much and avoid touching the roots to keep the shape and help prevent frizz.
3. Blow dry with a diffuser – or just let it air dry if you have time (sit outside and enjoy the warm sun!). I like to use the dryer on medium speed with medium-hot heat so that the hair doesn’t blow around too much and lose its shape. Flip your hair upside down while doing this for great body and lift.
4. Once your hair is dry, it should have a nice natural wave to it – you can stop here if you’re happy with how it looks!
5. If you’re like me and you still want a bit more wave, it’s time to pull out a triple barrel wave iron. If you don’t have one of these, there are lots of inexpensive options with different sized barrels for you to choose from – take a trip to Walmart or Target to take a look (mine is by Revlon). I find that the sections of my hair underneath don’t seem to get as much wave, so I like to pin up the top half then work the iron through the lower portion in random sections. Once I’m done with that, I’ll run it lightly through a few sections on the top that I feel could use a little help.
6. Once you’re happy with how the waves look, finish off the look by applying an anti-frizz product to keep your hair from getting too frizzy – I love John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Creme. I know it may sound cheesy, but it really is my secret hair weapon. Add a little bit of hair spray to hold the wave and you’re good to go!
Will you be trying beachy mermaid hair this summer?