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Beachy Waves Your Way

Nothing says summer like surfer-girl strands. Get that tousled textured no matter your hair type with these pro tricks and picks.

 

if your hair is…

FINE & STRAIGHT

Thinner strands can go limp and lifeless in humid temps, so focus on creating both waves and va-va-voom volume.

To plump strands without weighing them down, mist a thickening spray from roots to tips, explains San Diego celebrity stylist Jet Rhys. We like Pantene Pro-V Powerful Body Booster Spray ($5; at mass retailers).

 

if your hair is…

SHORT

Don’t stress if you have cropped strands–as long as your hair is at least chin-length, you, too, can make waves.

Take a 1/2-inch piece of hair and fold the ends halfway up, forming a loop. Toll the loop up until you reach the root, securing it with bobby pins flat against your head, Rhys says. Repeat with remaining hair. Once you remove the pins in the morning, define your waves with a molding paste.

 

if your hair is…

THICK & WAVY

Lucky you: All you need to do is accentuate your natural texture.

Section towel-dried strands into four equal pieces, then work an nickel-size drop of curling cream through each to enhance the existing bend in your hair. Split each section in half and tie the two pieces together in an overhand knot, as if you were starting to tie shoelaces; continue all the way down and secure with an elastic. Says Rhys, “This kind of crisscrossing brings out the natural wave, without it looking like an overly defined ringlet.” Undo the next morning and tousle, then finish with a few shots of salt spray to create that edgy post-swim texture. A pro fave: Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion ($29; bumbleandbumble.com).