Get Beachy Waves Without the Salt

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If you have chemically-straightened hair, the biggest danger to your treatment is salt. Good old sodium chloride will break the bonds your keratin or amino acid treatment worked so hard to straighten. Almost every beach spray has salt. The only one I've been able to find that doesn't is Oribe's Beach Spray. It's more of a texturizer, but it does get the job done. Sort of.

What Oribe doesn't do however, is give you that chunky, beachy feel. It's hard to capture that "day at the beach" look without the salt. Lucky for you, my loss is your gain.

Over the weekend, I was experimenting with hair oils. I'm a ten-pump kind of girl when it comes to my beloved Davines Oi. I tried something similar with Amika's oBLiPHiCa Oil Treatment and I (and my hair) were totally deflated. My mane was not the lovely, shiny thing of photo shoots, but instead a thick, greasy mess. Whoops.

Normally, I would pull it up and wash it the following day. However, I put my new Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo to the test. I knew it would de-oil my scalp, but my entire head? I sprayed it through the entire length of my hair and let it sit for five minutes. There isn't that much residue, but brushing through it got rid of any excess dry shampoo. Then I did one more light coat of the Amika and tousled my hair. I was shocked to see that I had created perfectly beachy hair. Even better, my hair lasted for three full days! Even better than that, every time I walked by Loxy reached out and kissed me because he said my scent was "irresistible".

If you need to add waves, the easiest way I've found is with the Sarah Potempa Beach Waver. I can't tell you how much I love this iron. I don't know why, but it just works beautifully. It's like the iron knows what to do. You have to try it for yourself to believe me.

So what did we learn?

1. All oils are not created equal.
2. Over-oiling your hair and then super-dry-shampooing it gives you a beachy look.
3. Amika Oil with Dry Shampoo brings all the boys to the yard.
4. The Beach Waver iron is made of magic.

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