#TBT: Brooke Shields’ Beach Waves in The Blue Lagoon

#TBT: Brooke Shields’ Beach Waves in The Blue Lagoon

With summer approaching slowly but steadily, the season of beach hair will quickly be upon us. Although it was popular in the eighties, Brooke Shields’ beach waves in The Blue Lagoon are exactly how we want our hair to look today. It is nearly impossible to ever truly mimic the volume and texture that a dip in the ocean and a salty breeze create, but you can do a pretty damn good job at faking it with the right tools.

Curling irons can be tricky. Between the clamp and finding the proper rotation from your wrist, hair can quickly take a Shirley Temple turn, or even not curl at all. Enter: Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1 ($129). This recently redesigned self-rotating tool is truly idiot-proof (coming from one!). Simply secure the small clamp at the end of your hair, press the arrow to start rotation, hold for the desired amount of time, and release the curl. Hello, creaseless, Blue Lagoon beachy waves.

Although a good curling iron is crucial, that isn’t the only barrier to perfectly-imperfect beachy waves. Bumble and bumble stylist Mischa G. provided some more tricks and tips for conquering the wave.

BB: Can anyone achieve beachy waves, no matter if their hair is thin and fine or thick and curly?

MG: Anyone can achieve beachy waves but for different hair types, some steps just have to be altered. For fine, straight and oily prone hair, start with damp, towel-dried hair and apply Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray liberally from roots to ends, then rough blow dry it with hands. Next take large sections and loosely twist them around an iron. Once all your hair is curled, shake it out with your hands. I like to finish with a little more Surf Spray just so that  the waves don’t look too “done.”

For hair that is already curly or thicker, start with Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion on damp hair. Then take large sections and twist into loose long waves, giving each section a light tug down to lengthen, then air dry or defuse. Once dry, break up the sections with your hands and shake. For extremely dry hair, finish with Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil on the ends for extra smoothness.

BB: How is Surf Infusion different than the cult classic Surf Spray?

MG: Surf infusion is different from the cult classic Surf Spray because of the blend of tropical oils in the new formula. Once shaken together, you get the same texture and beachy properties of Surf Spray but now with nourishing benefits from the oils. Surf Infusion gives a softer look and feel for hair that found Surf Spray to be too drying.

BB: Are beachy waves easier or harder to achieve in summer when it is more humid? 

MG: I find beachy waves easier to achieve in humid months. Humidity mixed with either of the surf sprays offers up additional volume and texture for flat hair. Also, being able to leave the house with damp hair and letting it dry naturally is a plus! For those with already textured hair, humidity-fluffed hair can be calmed with Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil as well as Surf Infusion.

With this foolproof formula, rest assured that anyone can copy Brooke Shield’s Blue Lagoon hair. Now if we could only figure out how to get that hot bod to match.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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