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My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

Looking for a foolproof way to get that just-left-the-beach summer hair? I’m sharing my three favorite (cruelty-free, duh) products to give you the perfect hair every time.

My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

Sea Salt Spray

What is sea salt spray? Sea salt spray is a sprayable styling product made from salt water that gives your hair the perfect spent-all-day-at-the-beach texture.

Sea salt spray is my newly-discovered secret for perfect summer waves. I don’t know about you guys, but my “beach hair” never looks the way I want it to. I never get the perfect wavy hair, I always end up with streaks of crunchy, damp, slightly bent hair. Sea salt spray gives you the texture and shape you’re hoping for: perfectly wavy with just enough grip from the salt to keep it in place.

My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

Dry Shampoo

What is dry shampoo? Dry shampoo is a sprayable “shampoo” that absorbs the grease in your hair and keeps it clean between washes. It also adds volume to your roots and a nice texture to the ends of your hair.

Dry shampoo has been my secret weapon for years now. It was my savior through the days of brightly colored hair (I’m looking at you, only-washed-twice-a-month pink hair), and nowadays it gives me the perfect texture and volume that my hair needs.

My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

Deep Conditioner

What is a deep conditioner? A deep conditioner is a hair conditioning treatment that’s a little more intense than a normal, everyday conditioner.

Deep conditioner is a life-saver during the summer. Not only does it help reverse all the sun damage and chlorine damage from spending all day at the pool, but it also helps protect against the sea salt spray drying out your hair. Salt attracts moisture, so when you use the salt spray everyday, it can take a toll on the health of your hair. Using a deep conditioner is the best way to counteract that!

My favorite? L’Oreal Ever Pure Repair Remedy Balm

My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

How I style my summer hair:

  1. Braid it.
    My first step in styling my summer hair is to spray a little bit of the sea salt spray in my hair, scrunch it through with my fingers, then braid my hair into a loose, messy braid. I sleep with my hair in the braid overnight to get really defined waves.
  2. Loosen it up.
    In the morning, I take my hair out of the braid and loosen up the waves with my fingers. I usually brush out just the ends of my hair (the bottom 1 inch or so) because it makes it look neater than having stringy ends. If the waves aren’t as defined as I would like, I spray just a tiny bit more sea salt spray and scrunch it through with my fingers.
  3. Spray it.
    My last step is to spray my roots with dry shampoo and work it through. This gives my roots the volume that I want while adding a little extra texture!
  4. Keep it going.
    I usually repeat these steps for 3-4 days, depending on the weather and how my hair looks (if it’s flat, greasy, etc.). I’ve found that spraying the salt spray every other day works best because it keeps the texture without completely drying out your hair. Once I feel that my hair stops looking great, I’ll shampoo and do a deep conditioning treatment to put moisture back in my hair.
My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

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