'Beach waves" -- the hair kind, that is -- are nothing new to Long Island women, who are intimately familiar with the tousled, sea-breezy look that comes from a day spent lounging at the shore. Now it's as common on the red carpet as the boardwalk at Jones Beach. This summer, a host of new tools, products and styling techniques are making it easier to get that undone wavy look, whether you have time for a day at the beach -- or just a quick spritz-scrunch-and-go. -- Joseph V. Amodio
Lasio colorist Katy Ryan shows off Lasio's new "Waves to Curls" process, a gentler take on perms of old-rich in amino acids, quinoa nut extracts and keratin, the treatment produces beach waves or tight ringlets, zaps frizz and lasts up to three months; $150 and up at Lasio Studios, Manhattan.
Surf's up (and waves created) while you sleep, thanks to Lasio's Hypersilk Volumizing Hairspray-spritz damp hair before bedtime, then create loose braids, randomly spaced and each fastened with an elastic band. Come morning, undo and finger comb; $25.50 at De La Mer, Bellmore; CSI Salon, Farmingville; Aura Salon, Great Neck; Ambiance Salon, Roslyn Heights; Lasio Studios, Manhattan; and lasioinc.com (or call 718-361-0072 for more locations).
Katrina Bowden rocks the new Op campaign in hot bikinis and breezy beach waves styled by Kyra Dorman at Artists by Timothy Priano. Op mix 'n' match bikinis, monokinis and other swimwear; $9.98 and up at Walmart stores and walmart.com.
Spray a Porter from Kerastase is a non-sticky texture spray that promotes casual-looking beach waves, plus protects locks from damage caused by heat-styling and UV rays; $35 at Salon Blue, Mineola; and kerastase-usa.com.
For those who need an office-ready wave with a tad more refinement--call it the beach to boardroom look--Doreen Guarneri at The Look Spa Salon in Greenlawn offers clients "The Flirtini."
Bumble and bumble lovers who are addicted to the brand's popular Surf Spray will be pleased to know the brand has introduced two new seabreezy products this summer--Surf Foam Wash Shampoo ($24) and Surf Crème Rinse Conditioner ($25), with sea fennel and kelp to soften hair and add texture for more dramatic natural waves; at Bumble and bumble, Manhattan; Bluemercury, Woodbury; Sephora stores; bluemercury.com and bumbleandbumble.com.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves is a lightweight texturizing spray that's sulfate- parabens- and phthalates-free, but packed with UV protection to fend off the harsh effects of sun, pool and saltwater; $20 at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
From the curl experts at Ouidad comes the new Wave Create Collection, which includes Texture Taffy, a taffy-like styling cream with sea kelp and algae; $23 each at Ouidad salon, Manhattan; Ulta shops and ouidad.com.
From the curl experts at Ouidad comes the new Wave Create Collection, which includes a Sea Spray, with seawater, sea salt, vitamin-rich algae and plant-derived humectants to lock in waves; $23 at Ouidad salon, Manhattan; Ulta shops and ouidad.com.
For added hold (especially useful for fine hair), try Lush's Sea Spray volumizing hair mist, with sea salt, sea water and seaweed, applied before blow-drying or after styling, or to dry hair and work through for beach waves; $12.95 at Lush shops (including Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman); or lushusa.com.
Philip Kingsley's new Curl Activator is a light, non-sticky, comb-through formula, applied on damp hair before drying with a diffuser or leaving to dry naturally; $34 at philipkinglsey.com.
Remington T-Studio Silk Ceramic Pro Styling Elliptical Waving Wand creates voluminous waves thanks in part to the silk powder coating on the ceramic surface and more ceramic content than standard curling irons, for a smoother, sculpted look; $24.99 at select Target stores.
To build body for a beach wave look, start with a sea-infused shampoo, like Lush's Seanik shampoo bar ($11.95), with Irish moss and Japanese nori seaweeds to soften hair, and sea salt for body and volume (plus it's solid-easily packable and never a problem with airport security); at Lush shops (including Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman); or lushusa.com.
The new Ion Titanium Pro Triple Barrel Waver, designed to create smooth, natural-looking waves, launched in June and emits far-infrared heat (preserving moisture, and reducing heat damage); $49.99 at Sally Beauty Supply stores and sallybeauty.com.
Whether your goal is loose beach waves, tight curls or straight plaits, the first step is to tame that frizz. Many salons have keratin treatments to combat summer humidity, but Julien Farel (who has styled Lauren Bush Lauren and Ivanka Trump) offers a new Zero Frizz Quickie, a formaldehyde- and odor-free treatment that takes just 45 minutes, and you can wash and style hair the same day (unlike typical one- to three-day waits); $200 and up (lasts eight weeks) at Julien Farel Salons, Manhattan; or try his Zero Frizz shampoo, conditioner, Relaxing Balm and Restore lotion ($23 to $33 each) at julienfarel.com/store.
The spray that started it all--Bumble and bumble's Surf Spray, launched in 2001 and still a top seller, the go-to spray for beachy body, lift, hold (and chock-full of sea salt, minerals and marine extracts); $25at Bumble and bumble, Manhattan; Bluemercury, Woodbury; Sephora stores; bluemercury.com and bumbleandbumble.com.
Aveda's Be Curly styling kit fights frizz while customizing curls, from casual beach waves to a curlier, more defined look. The kit includes shampoo and conditioner ($21 each), Curl Enhancer ($22, applied to towel-dried hair to add shine and lock in waves) and Style-Prep ($24, applied while drying hair with diffuser to detangle, reduce breakage and seal cuticle); at Spa Adriana, Huntington; visit spaadriana.com for info. Photo, John S. Vater; hair, Adriana Vater of Spa Adriana.