Beach getaways are supposed to be relaxing. Waves create the ultimate playlist for your afternoon lying on a towel, your favorite novel in one hand and a cocktail in the other. But come on, you want your hair to look cute, too.
Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds. VIVE Creative Director Cristin Armstrong, who is gearing up for the unlimited blowout-booking service’s launch Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons, took some time to share three easy red carpet ‘dos that are actually made for the beach.
“I feel like these styles are great,” Armstrong said. “They’re easy styles that still look cute at the beach and keep your hair out of your face, off your neck while still looking stylish.”
Why it works: “The top knot is on trend right now, so this is a way to take that trend and bring it to the beach,” Armstrong said.
What to do: Brush hair out with a flat brush such as a Mason Pearson. Use a dime size amount of Oribe Supeshine Moisturizing Cream to smooth the hair (“It makes it look more polished,” Armstrong said). Gather hair into a high ponytail on top of your head and secure with elastic. Twist ponytail all the way to the bottom. Then secure into a knot with pins on each side.
Why it works: “It’s such a classic beach style. It’s very loose and free,” Armstrong said.
What to do: Armstrong preps the hair with Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse and rough dry with Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer. Once the hair is dry, go over it with Sedu’s 1 1/2 Inch Clipless Iron. Section the hair at an angle to create softness and wrap the hair around, leaving out an inch from the end so the curl is casual. Alternate the direction of the curl as you work your way around your head to create a soft undone look. At the end, spray Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to create a lasting, textured beachy feel.
Why it works: “It’s a beach favorite. It’s easy and quick to do and you can pull it apart and your hair will still have a beachy look to it. It looks more complicated than it actually is.”
What to do: Prep with a dime size of R+Co jackpot Styling Cream. Brush hair into a loose side ponytail. Divide the hair into two sections. Bring a small piece from the left section across and combine it with the right section. Now go back and forth alternating pulling small sections from the left and the right until you want to tie off with an elastic. Pull on it to loosen up as much as you’d like. Loose hair coming out gives a chic undone look.