There are many reasons to relish a day at the beach, but chief among them is—yes—the amazing hair. You’d think that wind, salt, and water would not a perfect coif make, but instead, it leaves you with a head of perfectly chunky waves.
Which is what makes re-creating the look so frustrating; something that looks
effortlessly good shouldn’t take a lot of effort, and yet it does. So we had Kelly, NYLON’s Web Designer who also happens to have pin-straight hair, test out three new beach-wave products.
As luck would have it, we just might have found your beach hair in a bottle. Of course, if you’re looking to do it on the cheap, nothing beats a spray bottle filled with water from your last ocean-side visit. But for the land-locked out there, here’s how to make waves without actually having to go near them.Fekkai Beach Waves - $23
“It has a light, tropical smell, sort of like a Pina Colada, that sticks around all day, even after I took a dip in the ocean when I actually did go to the beach last weekend. The spray gives your hair a light, crunchy feeling (like a more natural hairspray), and even with my hair—which is very hard to ever curl or keep a curl for more than half an hour—I could twirl it around my fingers after it dried and get a nice natural wave."David Babaii For WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray - $10
“It smells like coconut, but the benefits stop there. I tried this two days in a row, both on dry and wet hair, and it really did nothing. I even OD’ed on it the second day and kept touching and scrunching my hair so much my boyfriend told me to stop, but it didn’t seem like it did much of anything besides make my hair feel a tiny bit drier, like I had some sort of really light hairspray in.”P2 by Philip Pelusi BeachComber - $29
“It smells like Lemon Sugar scrub, and is a little bit scary to put into my hair because it’s thicker and a bit gritty, but when rubbed into my dry hair right at the roots, I instantly had more volume that stuck around the entire day. I could really easily pump it back up again just by scrunching my hair with my hands. It felt like I didn’t even have any product in my hair, just like my hair overall was thicker and slightly wavy.”
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