Put your pumpkin spice lattes, tall boots, and military jackets away. It is NOT fall yet. In fact, the autumn equinox starts in the northern hemisphere at exactly 3:02pm on September 22nd. Therefore, until 3:02pm on September 22nd, I will keep acting like it’s summer. Because it is still summer…technically.
So here I am, holding on to summer, posting bikini pictures and sporting beach waves in my hair.
While beach waves are generally thought of as a summer hairstyle, they’re actually quite versatile year round. One of my favorite hair product brands, Hask just came out with a new Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Collection to make getting those coveted beach waves even easier. Hask sent me the products to try and review – they did not disappoint. The collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, and texturizing spray, available only at Ulta. Plus they are free of sulfates (and parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors too), which means they’re safe for color treated hair!
To get these beach waves you need:
1. Hask’s Beach Texture shampoo and conditioner
2. Hasks’ Beach Texture spray
3. 1″ curling iron
That’s it! You may not need both #1 and #2, depending on how much texture you want in your hair. On its own, the spray gives you much more texture than if you use only the shampoo and conditioner. (Find more details about the products at the bottom of this post.) In these photos, I used the entire Hask Hawaiian Sea Salt Collection. Here are my step-by-step instructions to achieving the look I created for my hair:
1. Shampoo and Condition
Lather, rinse, repeat. I know you don’t need instructions on how to wash your hair, but I do want to caution against using salt products as your everyday shampoo and conditioner because salt can dry out your hair. Using them in every other wash should be fine though! I didn’t necessarily notice that my hair was more dry after using Hask’s collection, but I’m deathly afraid of ruining the health of my hair, so I only use the salt products when I know I’m going for a texturizing hairstyle the next day.
I like to let my hair air dry because a) I’m lazy and b) blow drying makes my hair feel dry and frizzy. Whichever way you like to dry your hair, you want to make sure it has been dry for at least an hour or two before you try curling your hair. Otherwise, the curls will fall right out if your hair is newly dry.
Once your hair is dry, you’re ready to use the curling iron. Some of you might own a fancy schmancy curling iron, but I’ve used Conair’s $9 curling irons all my life and will probably continue doing so until I die. They last me years (fourteen years so far), and totally get the job done without all the bells and whistles. For beach waves, I like to use a 1 inch curling iron with the wrapping technique. Don’t clamp your hair and twist the curling iron as hair is traditionally curled. Rather, take a section of your hair and wrap it around the wand, starting at the base to the tip.
Side note – I don’t have naturally curly or wavy hair but if you do, you may be able to skip the entire curling iron step! The Hask products are made to enhance your natural waves and curls.
After curling my hair, I like to wet down my hair to loosen the curls a bit. I simply dampen my hands in the sink and run my fingers through my hair in a downward motion. The last step is to spray the texturizing spray all over, avoiding your roots. The spray not only makes the waves/curls stay put all day, but also add extra volume as well.
Can’t decide whether you need the shampoo, conditioner AND the texture spray to get your beach waves? After using the products for a month, I’ve formed my own opinions. Here’s the skinny:
Hask Hawaiian Sea Salt Texture Shampoo and Conditioner
Using the shampoo and conditioner, you get a bit more volume and piece texture without the salty, course feel to your hair. If you still want to be able to run your hands through your hair, the shampoo/conditioner may be all you need. Even though I mentioned I don’t like to use salt products with every wash, the Hawaiian sea salt is an important ingredient for adding texture and enhancing loose waves. The shampoo and conditioner also contain pearl extract for nourishment, coconut oil for moisture and blue seakale to help protect your hair. My hair did feel super soft after using the products, even with the added texture.
Hask Hawaiian Sea Salt Texture Spray
The texture spray will definitely give your hair that course, un-brushable feel, as if you have actually been in the ocean. That’s the whole point right? If you don’t like that tangled, ocean spray feel, this is not the product for you. (I’ll admit, the texture took a bit for me to get used to since I have a perpetual habit of running my hands through my hair.) While your hair may not be smooth to the touch, I can promise you’ll have that effortless, naturally volumizing hairstyle you’re looking for. The spray can certainly be used on it’s own without the shampoo and conditioner, as it is the product in Hask’s line that makes the biggest difference in terms of texture. Sometimes, I’ll even spray it in my hair to make braids stay put, or to avoid fly-aways in my bun. It acts like a hairspray without the crunchy, slick hairspray look – it’s just texture.
Here are some before and after pictures that show the spray’s volumizing and texture benefits. In these photos, I used the texture spray on my natural hair that had gone two days unwashed. As you can see, my hair felt very flat and lifeless before using the spray. All it took was using a bit of dry shampoo on my roots and Hask’s texturizing spray on my natural hair. Voila! In two seconds my hair has more volume and definition. Even if you’re not going for beach waves, this spray can be super handy for a lot of other reasons.
Side note: I hate taking selfies so much. I took these for you, Honeydew readers. Hope you find them helpful!