Beauty Beat: Wave Rider

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Beauty // Kathryn Romeyn // 09/19/12
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Master beachy waves with help from Orbie's Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray (right) and John Master's Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray.

Kathryn loves The Bombshell Oval Rod curling iron from Sultra and Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray.

Obviously we at FOAM are completely dedicated to all the waves out there in the deep blue oceans. And that obsession sometimes carries over to other areas—hair, for one. I’ve always loved a good beach-inspired wave. And the fashion industry seems to be embracing it this fall, especially Proenza Schouler, whose Fall 2012 ads are like a tribute to that glorious semi-grungy, semi-beachy style. As someone with naturally straight hair, the allure of curls has always been irresistible to me. It’s one of those grass-is-always-greener things. (I even once considered getting a perm!)

I’ve personally tried lots of methods of getting a good not-too-crimpy wave in my mass of a mane. After I’ve been in salt water I can get some really good body, but that’s not always possible. Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray is a well-documented, universally-loved product that emulates the natural version. The lavender-scented Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray by John Masters Organics is also a great go-to—just spray it on then twist locks of hair—and for a more shiny, glam take on beach waves, hairstylists I know swear by Oribe’s salt-free Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray.

To get really kinky waves, I’ve in the past tried triple-barreled irons, but that can look too uniform and ’80s-style crimpy. Sarah Potempa’s rotating Beachwaver is practically guaranteed to churn out gorgeous Gisele Bundchen-esque locks. And the newest tool to the scene—and also the one that creates the most imperfectly perfect and authentic waves—is Sultra’s just-released Bombshell Oval Rod Curling Iron. Since the shape isn’t symmetrical and the resulting hair isn’t supposed to be either, I think it’s much easier to use. It also adds glorious volume to the roots. And isn’t that what we’re trying to take away from the ocean anyway?

Check out last week's Beauty Beat, where Kathryn shows us how to brighten up dull skin.

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