If you can’t beat the humidity, may as well have it work for you and go for the full on beach-y look, whether you’re on vacation or stuck in the city. For tips, we checked in with the fabulous and talented Edris of NYC’s Edris Salon. Being a island lady herself (she hails from St. Vincent and now lives on the island of Manhattan, which is about as steamy as any Carribbean Isle these days), Edris has more than a few tricks up her elegant sleeves.
Her secret weapon? Aloe vera. She uses it in place of gel, because it dries soft. To get beachy waves like Amanda Seyfried’s, Edris recommends a leave-in conditioner, followed by a dab of aloe finger-combed through wet hair (the amount depends on the thickness of your hair and the length). Then braid your hair. The key–Edris made us stop typing notes into our Blackberry to make sure we were listening and watching, so we know this step is important–is to braid the hair flat and close to your head. She says this eliminates frizz because it flattens the shaft. She braids hair in five sections, three in the center from the forehead to the nape of your neck and one on each side.
Need somewhere to wear that beach-y hair? How about the island where Mamma Mia was filmed?