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In addition to a fantastic tan, a day at the beach often leaves people with great hair waves. This phenomenon is not the magical result of the sea blowing its billowing waves into the hair of unsuspecting, but instead it a chemical reaction triggered by the sea salt which fills the ocean. Your hair is comprised of a combination of protein bonds, which are in part connected by salt bonds. These salt bonds greatly control your hairs wave pattern and to a lesser degree the texture. An example is in a Brazilian treatment when the salt bonds are completely contained by keratin the hair is much straighter. And following a Brazilian treatment, we avoid sulfide shampoos because the sulfide, a chemical found in salt, will negate the keratin’s bonding actions.

The salt from the ocean mists around you hair or when you swim your hair gets loaded with the salt and your hair is coated with salt from the ocean or sea. The coarser texture and reinforced salt bonds create “Beach Waves” .

How do you create beach waves at home? Identify your hair type:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Curly
  • Coarse and curly

What products you need and what tool you need will depend on you hair type .

You can buy anyone of dozens of sea salt product or custom make you’re own .

For straight hair you will need to add volume and waves.

1. The Formula :

Add two table spoons of sea salt (buy it at your grocery store) to 16 ounces of warm water add 1 ounce of medium gel ( like David Groshen medium gel) mix together until the salt is completely dissolved. Pour this into a spray bottle.

2. The technique :

  • A. With towel dried hair ( dry but damp enough to absorb your spray) generously spray your mix on your hair, massage your hair to ensure an even distribution .
  • B. scrunch and dry your hair until it is just slightly damp.

There are two easy techniques from here ,

PIN CURL

a. Taking 1.5 inch square sections of damp sprayed hair ,loosely twist and wrap the section around three fingers to form a big pin curl and secure with a hair pin at the base. Allow to dry ( you can use a diffuser to hasten this step)

b. remove each pin , scrunch and diffuse, this should have your hair wavy

c. When your hair is dry and wavy , flip your hair side down and respray your mix from over 18″ away with one blast per side,(just a mist) re-crunch your hair while upside down using a diffuser STAND BACK FOR BEAUTIFUL BEACH WAVES. (don’t be afraid to use a curling iron to enhance your waves)

 

BRAIDS (I like this method because you create a great wave pattern away from the face)

a. Choose your favorite part and French braid your hair ( the size and thickness of the braid will determine the wave pattern … Go to sleep , or work this method takes time. You can diffuse your hair to speed this up.

 

For Coarse curly and wavy hair

 

The Formula :

Add two table spoons of sea salt (buy it at your grocery store) to 16 ounces of warm water add 1 ounce smoothing balm ( like David Groshen Orange Stuff) mix together until the salt is completely dissolved. Pour this into a spray bottle.

 

For naturally wavy hair

The technique :

a. Spray your mix liberally onto damp hair then massage to ensure an even distribution.

b. when your hair is slightly damp …. using your favorite part as a starting point, take a manageable section of hair, twist back it and away from your face adding hair as you go.( If your hair is really thick you might need more than one section per side ) continue twisting until the section starts to coil at the base of your neck create a Princess Laya bun . Secure and let dry. (use a diffuser to speed the dying process.)

c. Unwrap your bun and untwist this section making sure your hair is dry, twist your hair around your fingers to back and away until your waves are uniformed enough. Enhancing the wave with a curling iron on the end is a way to control the wave pattern.

 

Coarse curly

Formula:

The Formula :

Add two table spoons of sea salt (buy it at your grocery store) to 16 ounces of warm water add 2 ounces of smoothing balm ( like David Groshen Orange Stuff) mix together until the salt is completely dissolved. Pour this into a spray bottle.

Best to start with yesterday’s blow dry!

a. using your favorite part as a starting point, take a manageable section of hair take your mix and very lightly mist it , twist back it and away from your face adding hair as you go.( If your hair is really thick you might need more than one section per side ) continue twisting until the section starts to coil at the base of your neck create a Princess Laya bun . Secure (use a diffuser to speed the dying process.)

c. Unwrap your bun and untwist this section making sure your hair is dry, twist your hair around your fingers to back and away until your waves are uniformed enough. Enhancing the wave with a curling iron on the end is a way to control the wave pattern.