The pandemic may have put an end to our sizzling holiday plans, but we can still enjoy the second-best thing about a summer getaway – beachy hair!
With travel to sunnier climes on hold, and smug staycationers having already snapped up the bulk of bookings within a stones throw of the coast, many of us won’t get to set foot on a beach this year. But all is not lost! We’ve done some digging and thanks to these tried and tested hair products, you can bring the seaside to your shower and emerge with the textured, tousled, mermaid hair of your dreams.
Whether you’ve got fine lengths, thick tresses, compact curls or a poker-straight ‘do, these clever buys will help you fake it until you can make it shoreside. Ready to discover your very own beach in a bottle?
Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
For volume that would make Ariel jealous, turn to this duo from Redken. Designed for use on all hair types (even if your natural texture is fine, flat and flyway), the cleansing formula removes dirt and oils while delivering amazing body. The conditioner has a lightweight, gel-lotion consistency, and effectively detangles as well as turning up the texture with a blend of filloxane, minerals and polymers. For a carefree beach-bunny look, simply wash and go.
Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher
This Beach Shake brings the ocean to your hair... minus the dehydration and with an added tropical scent. A quick-drying spray with a natural satin finish, the formula actually nourishes medium to thick lengths with coconut and sunflower seed oils combined with beeswax. There's even an added dash of peptides to help strengthen and protect any damaged areas.
Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion
Beach-look hair has three elements – the texture (anything but straight), the surface (matte) and shape (supersized). Mimic the volume that salt-coated and sand-buffed strands enjoy with Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion. This magical powder-to-liquid formula bulks up hair with naturally derived kaolin clay and acacia gum, and can be used on damp or dry lengths to add oomph that lasts. It even doubles up as an oil absorber on non-wash days. Dry shamp-who?
Paul Mitchell Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream Gel
This ones for all the curly girls. Unlike salt-based stylers, this mushroom extract-powered cream gel actually fights frizz and protects hair from humidity while it's at it. Coax out your natural curl pattern by applying to damp hair in loose, separate sections and air dry (or diffuse if you're in a bit more of a hurry). The result? Soft, sexy, siren-like texture.
Wella Professionals EIMI Grip Cream
You know the perfect, piecey definition only a day at the beach seems to bring? Wella Professionals has managed to pack that into a styling cream. Ideal for both short hair and longer lengths, EIMI Grip Cream makes use of Brazilian carnauba wax and certainly lives up to its name – adding strand separation without the crispiness that actual surf-sprayed locks often suffer from. Simply work a small amount between your hands, apply from mid lengths to ends, ruffle to activate and you're ready to go.
BaByliss Pro Titanium Expression Deep Waver
If you need to turn up the heat for your hair to even have a whisper of texture, we got you. You can still channel your inner Venus thanks to the BaByliss PRO Titanium Expression Deep Waver, which creates defined waves straight out of a Renaissance painting in minutes. Dry and section your hair and then work from root to tip, clamping the plates as you go. The super-efficient ceramic components heat up in just 15 seconds and the constant, regulated temperature control across the styler's surface means zero frizz, just tonnes of dreamy volume.