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New Orleans hair stylists share tips and tricks for beach hair anywhere 

Stylists share secrets of beach-babe hair

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Tousled, beachy waves are the quintessential summer 'do. You don't need to live on oceanfront property to achieve the undone look. It's all about building texture with a matte finish, without using heat tools.

  "Beachy hair is probably one of the most popular looks right now," says Katie Bellerino, owner of Glow Hair and Beauty Bar. "It definitely means something different to everybody, depending on how naturally wavy the person's hair is."

  This style works best with hair that hasn't been washed for a day, but anyone can do it, even those without a natural wave.

  "The trick is to brush your hair out, making it big and frizzy before you put texturizer in it," says Courtney Bradberry, hair designer and up-do specialist at Paris Parker Aveda Salon and Spa.

  Bellerino applies Unite Beach Day texturizing spray to get the undone look. "It's a very wet sea salt spray that you put in dry hair."

  Bradberry creates texture with Aveda's Confixor liquid gel, a lightweight styling gel. She applies the Confixor to her fingertips, rubs them together and massages the scalp.

  "Put it right on the roots, so the ends are piecey," Bradberry says.

  Continue to work the gel through the hair, Bradberry says, scrunching lightly as if you're crinkling paper. Do not run your fingers through your hair, as that will cause it to lose volume. If the ends are dry, add a little oil.

  For thicker, medium-textured hair, Mariposa Salon and Spa owner Brenda McField separates curls with Paul Mitchell's Ultimate Wave, a creamy gel. "It keeps the curl together and is humidity resistant," she says.

  For fine hair, Bradberry suggests an extra step. After the shower, apply Aveda's Air Control Hair Spray to roots when wet. Add Confixor all over and air dry or blow dry as usual. Then wrap large sections of hair loosely around a curling wand. Brush out hair and scrunch Confixor on the ends and roots.

  As a finishing product, Bradberry suggests Aveda's Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, which contains UVA/UVB filters and Vitamin E to protect hair from sun damage.

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