Louisa Grisebaum moved to Philadelphia from Austin, Texas. She is…
In its natural state, my hair resembles a lion’s mane.
And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean… hair sticking up and out in all different directions with volume in all of the wrong places.
I was blessed with coarse, curly hair.
Which means, hair irons, blow dryers, relaxers and serums are my best friends.
Attaining that perfect beach wave at home can be a challenge!
Here’s how I use these products in order to channel that laid back surfer vibe:
I wash my hair three to four times a week – no more than that unless I’m working out.
And in that case, always wash it. Because unfortunately, sweat does not provide the same results as salt water spray!
To keep my hair looking healthy, I use a hair mask once a week – making this a Sunday self care ritual will help turn your hair masks into habit.
Now that we have the basics covered, your first instinct (like mine was) is going to be to reach for that blow dryer/curling iron – don’t do it!
Your second instinct is likely to try braids (which I also did) – THIS IS A LIE.
IT’S ALL A LIE!
Braids tend to give uniform curls that look stiff and unnatural.
If you are like me, and have shorter hair, braids are ESPECIALLY disappointing.
Release control – let your hair dry naturally.
Here is a little step by step:
- After showering, DO NOT run your fingers through your hair, don’t brush it, maybe comb it with a wide-toothed comb while conditioning. Hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. So, if you can avoid brushing it…please do!
- I love Moroccan oil. So after I shower I will apply a small drop in my hair to create a softer curl and maximize shine.
- Allow your hair to dry naturally! Once it’s dried to the point of being damp and you can see your hair beginning to take its natural curl, add sea salt spray and scrunch the ends a bit with your fingers. Again, do not separate hair strands with your fingers!
- Once your hair is completely dry, you can fix a few of the pieces with a flat iron. Straightening here and there and touching up waves that fall in the wrong places. I used to use a curling iron to perfect my beach waves but found that the shape wasn’t as natural. With a flat iron, you can easily twist your hair through the iron and achieve a more relaxed curl.
- A little more Moroccan oil!
Note: If you want, you can add a bit of texturizing spray or hairspray to make results last!
For those of you with naturally long, straight hair, you can do the same thing.
If your struggling to keep it voluminous I swear by Bumble and Bumble products! Plus, they smell like heaven!
Louisa Grisebaum moved to Philadelphia from Austin, Texas. She is currently studying Marketing at the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University. Passionate about fitness and health, she has created an online fitness blog @ellofitsisters. She enjoys art and has also created a website to serve as an online portfolio.