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Summertime: It’s All About Beach Hair

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CC Image courtesy of Felisa Tan via Flickr.

Everyone wants that beach hair look during the hot summer months. At Athena (your Fort Collins spa and salon) – the summer look is in full swing. There are two ways to get this look. The first is to rent a house at the beach and spend your days in the ocean. The second is to use the right beauty salon styling products and work with a great colorist. If you are craving the beach look this summer, here are our best tips to looking like a surfer babe.

Sea Spray At Home

We’re going to give you a really, really, really (did we say “really?”) big tip. Ready? You can make your own sea spray at home. Sure, lots of companies sell sea spray, but it’s not that hard to make (and you can save some cash) by making your own. You do have to have a few moments to spare, though it won’t take that long. Here’s what you need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Measuring cups
  • Spoon

Ready? Here’s how to put it all together:

  • Fill the bottle with one cup of water
  • Put one spoonful of sea salt in the water
  • Add half of a teaspoon of coconut oil (or other oil, but coconut smells great!)
  • Some hair gel (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients together by shaking the bottle until the coconut oil and salt are dissolved. You can spray this on dry or damp hair, scrunch, and you’ll have those beachy waves in no time. How easy was that? Sea salt spray can take the place of pricier beach sprays, but you’ll still need to have the right color to go with that salty hair.

Summertime Color Tips

Because you will be spending a lot of time outside during the summer months, we don’t recommend that you change your hair color drastically during the summertime. Instead of going a lot darker or heading towards that bleach blonde look, summertime should be more about sticking closer to your natural color. Try a color that’s one or two shades lighter (lighter is the more natural way to go) than your usual color. If you do want to add some highlights to your hair, consider asking your stylist about ombre or adding just a bit of lighter color to the ends or middle of your hair (instead of starting at the root). While highlights that start at the root were once popular, things have changed. Now, you can really rock that surfer girl look with just a bit of lighter color in the middle or on the ends of things. This is a much subtler way of lightening your hair, and it’s also one of the better options if you plan to spend a lot of time outside (and why wouldn’t you?). It’s also a really good idea to cover your hair in sunscreen if you plan to spend some time outside. Why? Because those harsh sunrays can really bleach your hair, and your new blonde could wind up looking orange if you aren’t overly careful! If it’s good for your skin, it’s good for your hair too (that’s a solid rule to live by!).

One Last Tip

It’s never wise to wash your hair more often than you need to, so skip the shampoo daily. You’ll also get that beach look down better if you leave your hair dirty for a few days, spray with the salt spray listed above, and manage to get some color on your face. Surfer girls take baths in the ocean, and you can fake that look with the right color, style, products, and colorist. At Athena (your Fort Collins spa), we have more than a bit of experience turning winter hair into summer hair, so call and ask us about our summery looks. We can recommend the right color, the right kinds of highlights, and the right products for your hair. Your beauty salon stylist can also tell you about the latest trends happening right now. Summertime books up quickly around here, so call today to make sure that you have an appointment for a cut and color soon. Give our sea spray a try and let us know what you think! Do you make your own spray at home, or do you buy it? Have you tried this one? Let us know! Remember to book your Fort Collins spa and hair appointment soon.

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