Issue #196: The Sea Issue

The sun hangs high in the sky, each breeze delivers a stroke of heat, and the beach is beckoning. Summertime, they say, is the best of what might be. Now that you’ve put on your best swimsuit and sandals, some gorgeous beach hair is the last step to complete the look. Here are the best products we found to create those perfect beach waves, no matter where you find yourself this summer.

R+CO Sail Soft Wave Spray, $29

When it comes to all hair products, hairspray is always an economic and portable solution. This particular product from R+CO will help you achieve that effortless, flawless look. If you’ve ever been frustrated by the crunchy, sticky aftermath of convenience store hairspray, you will fully appreciate the light, natural texture of your hair after using this top pick. With the high vitamin and mineral content of sea kelp and rose hip, it will keep your hair healthy and bouncy all day long.

Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler, $31

As those with fine, frizzy hair would know, there’s nothing more unpredictable than the mess that is called your air-dried hair. This hair cream is designed to keep your hair from going crazy after letting it dry naturally in the summer air. It texturizes the hair while providing ample softness and hydration that last. Application is quick and simple: work evenly into damp hair, twist, squeeze, then wait for it to air-dry beautifully.

T3 Loose Waves Curling Iron, $76

This barrel from the T3 Convertible Collection is all you’ll ever need to be Lana Del Rey… okay, at least to have her smooth, silky, dreamy hair. (Still!) With its Digital SinglePass technology, heat is maintained evenly along the barrel, resulting in soft and long-lasting voluminous waves. No more Summertime Sadness.

French Braids, $0

Believe it or not, this minimalistic approach has worked better for us in the past than most hair products have. After a bedtime bath, simply part your hair (while damp) and do two French braids. The number of braids is flexible: the smaller the desired curl size, the more braids to go with. Sleep in them comfortably, you will wake up ready to dazzle the world with fresh, “natural” waves.