If there’s ever a time for a carefree approach to hair, it’s summer. Between beach vacays, pool parties, and the oppressive humidity, the effortless look is practically a hot-weather requirement. And with the help of some key texturizing products, getting that laid-back look is oh-so-easy—no matter how far you are from the shore. Try these three hair products to help things along:
Hair powder: A lightweight, fine powder that magically liquefies into a super-tacky formula when shaken onto your hair, Sexy Hair’s Powder Play ($15.95) will lend your hair insane volume when rubbed into your roots, or a piecey textured look when worked into your strands. This is the best approach for the fine-haired among us who want both texture and volume.
Salt spray: A summertime essential, salt spray lends hair the sexy, undone waviness formerly only available to beach-goers. The best way to get the look on dry land: Blow-dry your hair about 75 percent, then spray with the salty stuff, twist locks into a bun or a braid, and let air dry the rest of the way. When you take your hair down, voilà! Beachy waves. We’re loving the brand-new Surf Bomb from Aussie brand Original & Mineral ($23.95), which uses Australian sea salt to create the tousled effect without drying out your hair or leaving it crunchy.
Texturizing cream: Bumble and Bumble’s Bb Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Creme ($14 to $28) lends your hair a little grit, a lot of tousle, and a textured, matte finish. It’s perfect for faking that piecey, bedhead-y second-day hair look, but without the oily effect of actual unwashed hair. Use a super light hand with this thick cream formula—start with a pea-size amount worked into damp hair—and try combining with salt spray to amp up the beachy vibe.