So, you spent the day at the beach frolicking in the salty water and sunbathing on the warm sand, and you just lost track of the time. Now you have less than ten minutes to get ready for the big party you need to look fabulous for. Well no worries, because messy is in style. The beach look or even the just rolled out of bed look seems to be the new fab hair style. Its simple, it works with any outfit, and it takes no time at all to achieve.
Many celebs have rocked the messy hair look. Jennifer Aniston took her long, straight locks to beach-y waves many a time. Jessica Biel and Mandy Moore have also followed suit. And if they can do it, you can too! If your hair is long and naturally wavy, this is an easy look for you to accomplish. However, if your hair is short or straight, you may need to create that beach-y look with products.
Most beauty supply stores, salons, or websites that cater to hair care carry products that emulate that sandy salt water that is the bread and butter of creating this look. If you have access to the ocean, bottle up some of that all natural hair potion and use it as needed along with my good friend the blow dryer to recreate this style. You can also cook up a batch of your own salt water potion at home by combining some Aquafina, or your bottled water of choice, and a pinch or ten of household salt. I prefer the kosher variety. Combine the water and salt in a large spray bottle, shake it up, and spray it on your lovely locks until you smell the seaweed.
Although you may need to do a little hairspray action or a minor wet down, whatever you do, don’t even think about putting a comb or brush to those chaotic locks! Let your hair flow naturally and give it the freedom to do its own thing. You can also coordinate your makeup and wardrobe with your funky beach hair. Give yourself a bronzed glow on your cheekbones, put a dab of sheer, shiny gloss on your lips, and lastly, apply a vibrant eyeliner and some mascara to finish off the look. Once your makeup and hair are complete, choose a casual but trendy sundress or a cute tank and jeans from your closet and wear it with confidence. In a time where fashion do’s and don’ts depend more on the person than the season, just remember that confidence is always a fashion do and your best asset no matter what season.
The moral of this story, embrace the knots and the mess. Give your hair the power. Let it wear the pants once in a while. I personally never try to argue with my hair because I never win! Once in a blue moon I muster up the energy to try and tame the beast. But who has time for that! So, I have learned to listen to my hair. It has a mind of its own and I respect that.
Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup.