Scandi Waves Are The Beach Style You Need To Try Now

How to reinvent the beach wave? An unrivalled perennial classic, it’s a hairstyle that looks good on everyone. But “Scandi” waves just entered the chat, and they’re here to shake the classic look up. “The Scandi wave is not too perfect or constructed,” explains hairstylist and BaByliss brand ambassador, Syd Hayes, of the trend. “It’s about creating gentle, flatter waves in areas around the face, and in random sections of the hair.” 

A modern (and much cooler) evolution of the crimped hair we all loved so much in the ’90s, Scandi waves are a much looser iteration of the classic beach wave, and are more effortless, polished and bohemian in their aesthetic.

In fact, they aren’t far removed from the Botticelli (or pre-Raphaelite) waves that were all over the red carpet at the Met Gala 2022, where everyone from Kaia Gerber and Sophie Turner to Hoyeon Jung and Olivia Rodrigo sported their take on long, soft Venus-esque tendrils. “In general, hair trends have moved away from the polished look and now it’s all about a loose and undone texture,” says Hayes. “The easiest and quickest way to create Scandi waves are with the BaByliss Cordless Waver – it creates the perfect summer curl.

The Waver is so easy to use that it requires zero expertise to nail the perfect wave. All you have to do is take hair in sections (around two inches wide by one inch deep) and squeeze the tool on the section, hold for a few seconds and move down the hair for defined kinks. Another route is to try plaiting your hair when it’s damp, sleep in it overnight, and then use some texturising spray to muss it up come morning – but admittedly the latter is a more labour intensive process.

Hayes has some tips on how to make the waves work for you: “It’s all about where you start the wave, and where the kinks and bends sit, but it works for any length of hair,” he says. “In longer hair, you can start nearer the top or crown of the hair and work your way down, creating larger kinks throughout. With shorter locks, I would recommend starting at the eye line or lower to create texture in the bottom lengths and layers of the hair, rather than creating too much body at the top.

Another of his top tips is to avoid clamping the tool at the same height on each section of hair: “Ensure the bends start and finish at different points, so you don’t create one large bend in the hair,” he says. As with most undone waves, the less uniformity, the better. And to finish? Mist a texture spray through mid-lengths and ends to add body, definition and movement. And voila, a hairstyle fit for the beach – or wherever you find yourself this summer.

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This $5 Biotin Leave-In Conditioner Spray “Smells Amazing” and “Speeds Up the Growth of Your Hair”

If your hair has been feeling extra dry and brittle recently, it’s time to add a new product to your routine. You’ll want one that’s specifically formulated to hydrate and strengthen your locks, leaving behind a silky smooth head of hair. For more than 22,800 Amazon shoppers, that haircare product is the Marc Anthony Grow Long Biotin Leave-In Conditioner Spray, which is on sale for $5.

The popular leave-in conditioner is the best-selling haircare product on Amazon, and it’s packed with nourishing ingredients like biotin and caffeine to encourage hair growth, plus vitamin E to make your hair strong and shiny. For best results, spray the product directly on damp hair from the roots to ends and comb it through.

Shop now: $5 with coupon (Originally $8); amazon.com

In the reviews section, you’ll find first-hand recounts of shoppers’ experiences with the leave-in conditioner. One reviewer, who’s convinced the product “speeds up the growth of your hair,” said their damaged hair became “healthy again and longer” after one month of use. Another shopper assured readers the conditioner “smells amazing” and “leaves your hair so soft.” You can’t ask for much more from a $5 hair product.

Once you fall in love with the Marc Anthony leave-in conditioner, you’ll want to add the brand’s Grow Long Biotin Shampoo to your routine as well. Also on sale for $5, the top-rated shampoo is made with the same powerful ingredients as the leave-in conditioner to reduce future breakage. One shopper went so far as to say it’s “hands down the best thing I have ever bought for my hair.

Shop now: $5 with coupon (Originally $8); amazon.com

Whether you go for both Marc Anthony haircare products or just one, be sure to grab them now while they’re on sale for $5 apiece at Amazon.

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Meet Rice Water, The Ancient Beauty Practice You’ve Been Seeing All Over TikTok

Long before rice water went viral on TikTok and YouTube and ended up on Kardashian blogs, the beauty practice had been used for centuries by women in Asia. According to research published in the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, court ladies during Japan’s Heian Period (794 to 1185 CE) used Yu-Su-Ru (a.k.a leftover water from washing rice) on their floor-length hair.

The method was then popularized by a village in China called Huangluo. The Yao women, who inhabit the town, are famous for their long hair that averages six feet long. According to Medical News Today, the Yao women credit their strong strands and dark color to washing it in rice water.

While most of rice water’s proof of effectiveness is limited to history and tradition, there is scientific reasoning behind its benefits.

To dive into this further, ELLE.com tapped two hair pros, Dr. Jenny Liu, a board-certified dermatologist, and Richy Kandasamy, a colorist and R+Co Collective Member, to explain the benefits of rice water—plus how you can create rice water at home.

What are the benefits of rice water for hair?

Will rice water turn you into Rapunzel? Not exactly. But it does have properties that restore and promote hair growth. “Scientifically, 18 amino acids have to come together to create the protein to grow hair. Rice water contains eight of these amino acids,” Kandasamy explains. “So when rice water is used on hair, you experience more hair regeneration. The vitamins in rice water (B, C, and E) also boost hair growth. Though there is limited scientific evidence that proves hair growth.”

Dr. Liu echoes the importance of these acids. “We have limited studies, but few out of Korea demonstrate it may help with male pattern hair loss,” she adds. “Rice bran, in particular, has lots of fatty acids—linoleic acid and oleic acid that have been proposed to possibly inhibit the 5-α-reductase enzyme that is the cause of male pattern hair loss.”

How do I make rice water?

Washing your hair with rice water is easy to achieve at home. All you need is one cup of uncooked rice, a large jar or bowl, and a filter.

  1. Put water in a bowl and use a strainer to rinse your rice. You want to make sure all impurities are removed from the grains. Some videos suggest rinsing multiple times, until the water runs clear. 
  2. Fill your jar or bowl with one cup of water and add the clean rice. Stir the rice in the bowl. If you have a jar, you can secure the lid and shake the rice. The water should look milky. 
  3. Let the mixture rest for 24 hours. 
  4. After 24 hours, strain the liquid from the rice. Store the liquid in a jar, empty shampoo bottle, or container.

How do I apply rice water? 

Treat rice water like your typical hair mask or treatment. “First, you should wet your hair with the rice water, especially your scalp area, and massage it for five minutes,” Kandasamy says. “This step targets your follicles, which stimulates growth and strengthens your hair.

Wait five minutes and wash the rice water out using your favorite shampoo. 

Is rice water safe for all hair types? 

The short answer is: yes. Rice water will work on different hair types but consider your hair porosity before using. “All hair types are the same structurally, including African, European, and Asian hair types, but all absorb moisture in different ways,” Kandasamy explains. “It is rich in amino acids which strengthen hair roots, add shine and make it smooth and silky. It also contains a carbohydrate known as inositol, which repairs damaged hair and protects hair from further damage. Since it is a natural remedy, it is safe, and there are no side effects of rice water on hair.”

Hair provides more room for experimentation and trial than our skin. “In general, I would say yes, [rice water is safe for all hair types]. It’s not like moisturizers where greasy moisturizers are less ideal for oily skin,” adds Dr. Liu.

ELLE

Jonathan Van Ness’ Hair Health-Focused Products Are Officially Available on Amazon

It’s true: You can now add JVN Hair to your Amazon cart. Jonathan Van Ness’ buzzy haircare line recently launched at the retailer, where everything from the brand’s volumizing shampoo and conditioner to hair treatment oil is available. 

Welcome to Artist Spotlight #80 series on my blog.

JVN Hair initially launched last summer and has since skyrocketed in popularity. Its products have racked up thousands of reviews and even won several beauty awards. The Queer Eye star created the line with hair health, effectiveness, and clean ingredients in mind. “I think education is a really central important temple for us,” Van Ness previously told InStyle. “We really want to help people learn how to style their hair and achieve all sorts of different things. So we’re starting off with simple products that are multi-functional.

Everything in the JVN Hair collection is free of silicones and sulfates and instead formulated with a natural silicone-alternative, hemisqualane, which controls dry, frizzy hair and prevents breakage. One of the most popular JVN Hair products is the Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil, which shoppers call “liquid gold” because of how effectively it leaves hair “super soft,” “vibrant,” and “strong.” Made with rosemary, basil root, and turmeric extracts, it soothes and calms the scalp while promoting hair growth.

Shop now: $28; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

Another shopper favorite for “silky smooth” strands is the Instant Recovery Serum, which has Drew Barrymore’s approval. The star said in an Instagram video that the JVN Hair serum has “saved” her “fried” hair. The post-shower heat styling treatment is formulated for damaged and chemically treated hair (AKA, those who frequently experience split ends and breakage).

Shop now: $28; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

And if you’re looking for an easy volume boost, customers say the caffeine-infused JVN Hair Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo is a “miracle” for “flat hair” that needs a lift. “I just used this and my hair feels the way my organs do after I finally drink water at 3 in the afternoon instead of just iced coffee — it is absolutely thriving,” one shopper wrote.

Shop now: $18; amazon.com and jvnhair.com

Grab some JVN Hair on Amazon along with your weekly Amazon groceries — your hair will thank you.

INSTYLE

10 Healthy Hair Tips That Actually Work

The grass is always greener, especially when it comes to healthy hair. On one hand, who doesn’t want soft, strong strands? On the other, some of us came of age in the early 2000s, and it shows (stick-straight hair, anyone?). Between curling irons, flatirons, highlights, and straightening treatments, there are endless combinations of ways to customize your hair to your preferences—which can take a huge toll on it in the process.

At a certain point, you may come to a crossroads: Continue down the path of beating your hair into submission, breakage be damned, or try to make peace by living with—and seriously coddling—your damaged hair. It can be a tough call. But the latter can have some serious rewards.

For one thing, healthy hair always looks better, no matter what texture or color you were born with. And it also entails a different kind of maintenance—rather than devote an hour to straightening your hair, you, say, use two products designed for your natural 2C curls. Instead of bleach, you deep-condition. It can be hard to bring your hair back from the brink, but these women who have been there are proof that it’s worth it. Read on for their best healthy hair tips.

If You’re Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural…

In 2007, Danni Washington, a TV presenter and ocean activist in Miami, chopped her hair off after years of relaxing it at the salon. She’d been perming it since she was six years old, so she didn’t even really know what her natural texture looked like. “I remember the day that I pulled my roots back and saw that this gorgeous curl pattern was growing out of my head,” she says. “I didn’t even know it belonged to me.” It took three years—and some key hydrating products—for it to get to a place she considered healthy.

Keep hydrated.

Staying hydrated was key for Washington’s hair health. “I can see and feel the difference in the health of my scalp and my hair when I’m really hydrated,” she says. “If I’m not hydrated, I’ll deal with issues like dry scalp and frizz.” Hydration, of course, works two ways. One, internally: meaning drinking enough water. But investing in a good mask for your hair and scalp will go a long way too.

Rinse with cold water.

Washington deep-conditions her hair once a week and lets it sit under a shower cap for a few hours to sink in. “Then I wash it out with cold water,” she says. While a warm, steamy rinse might sound cozier, cold water helps to seal the cuticles of your hair shut, which helps boost shine and retain moisture.

If Your Hair Is Dry and Brittle…

For years, Chicago beauty blogger Belinda Selene Villa was coloring and lightening her hair every other month—and not using products to maintain or protect her color-treated hair. “After a bad salon experience, my hair became dry, brittle, and eventually broke at the ends,” she says. “Half my hair was gone in length.” She cut off the damaged hair and began focusing on repair, which brought her hair back to life within six months.

Avoid heat tools.

Unplug, but in a different way than you might think. “The best thing I did to help repair and grow my hair was to use leave-in hair conditioners and treatments while doing heatless hair styles,” says Villa. “I would skip the hair-dryer and try to let my hair air-dry as much as possible.” Since air-drying can take some time, she would work in a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment with Protein and either braid her hair or pull it into a bun.

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Villa’s since eased back into her styling routine, but now she plans ahead. “I’m able to dye it again while taking precaution not to do it as often and treat my hair at the same time—something I wasn’t doing before,” she says. Now she protects her hair before using styling tools with Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Heat Tamer Spray, and often follows it with Bumble and Bumble Glow Bond-Building Styler.

If Your Hair Is Overprocessed…

When fitness expert and blogger Eve Dawes moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, her hair was damaged from years of bleach. “I had really dry, overprocessed hair from colorists using bleach that was too strong for my hair,” she says. “Plus, they didn’t lift my color gradually.” Once she was in Las Vegas, someone she trusted recommended a new colorist, and it made all the difference.

Find a supportive colorist.

Your colorist should take your hair health into consideration, and that’s tough if you’re going to someone new month after month. When you’re working with the same colorist, “they know where they’re laying down your color and can be more cautious about not overlapping,” Dawes says. Her appointments now run longer to account for a lower concentration of bleach, longer processing time, and not overlapping highlights, but it’s worth it.

Use products for color-treated hair.

If you color your hair, you should be using products that are made to protect it. Dawes now swears by the entire Olaplex line, a favorite of celebrities and their hairstylists alike. “The vegan, cruelty-free formula actually strengthens the bonds in your hair,” she says. “I’m not sponsored by them—I truly see the impact they’ve had.

If Your Curl Pattern Is Damaged…

My whole life, I have fought with my hair,” says New York City publicist Jenelle Hamilton. “I did quarterly Brazilian straightening treatments, colored my hair, blow-dried weekly, and flatironed my hair almost every day.” She was trying to force her 3C curls to be something they just weren’t, which seriously damaged them in the process. After years of trying to straighten and smooth her hair, it began to look overprocessed and break.

Commit to a long-term routine.

Once you swear off straighteners, you’re not going to wake up to healthy hair instantly. “At the beginning of my hair journey, I would watch YouTubers and look on Instagram and think, Why doesn’t my hair look like that? Why isn’t it growing faster?” Hamilton recalls. “I was so impatient!” However, once she gave her hair months to heal, the growth eventually followed.

Look for products with nourishing ingredients.

In addition to giving up heat-styling, Hamilton scaled her routine back to washing weekly. She counted on two products to nourish her dry, brittle hair: The LUS Gentle & Moisturizing Shampoo and TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner by Andre Walker Hair. The shea-butter-infused shampoo “cleansed and moisturized” and “a little went a long way, so it was very cost-effective,” she says. Her conditioner, meanwhile, featured strand-strengthening keratin, a protein that helps fortify and protect damaged hair. “I used it religiously and it helped a lot,” she says. A few other ingredients to look out for: coconut oil, argan oil, aloe vera, and spirulina.

If You Want to Smooth Frizz…

While she was growing up, Delilah Orpi, a beauty blogger in Miami, dreamed of straight hair. “I was picked on for my puffy hair as a kid and struggled to style it,” she says. “I envied the smooth, shiny hair that some of my friends had.” Her mom wouldn’t allow her to flatiron hers, so when she finally got the chance, she went all out, straightening her hair three times a week for 10 years. Cut to recently, when she was packing for a trip to Thailand. She couldn’t fit her hair-dryer and straightening products into her suitcase—so she decided this was the push she needed to quit. “I was done fussing with my hair,” she says. “I wanted to simplify my routine.”

Avoid drying your hair with a towel.

A game changer for Orpi has been applying her styling products, such as Evolvh TotalControl Styling Crème, in the shower. “I apply them to soaking-wet hair in the shower by scrunching, and never use a towel or a brush,” she says. The scrunching helps the curls clump, which leads to definition once it dries, and cuts down on frizz. “After lots of scrunching, I either air-dry or diffuse-dry,” she says.

Preserve your style.

Orpi only washes her hair two or three times a week. She stretches out the lifespan of her curls by covering them when she sleeps. “I protect it at night by wearing a scarf over it so that it lasts a few days and doesn’t get frizzy and tangled,” she says.

GLAMOUR

Hair Botox – A Facelift For Your Hair?

HAIR BOTOX: 

It’s one of the only treatments that penetrates the three layers of the hair and reaches the cortex to deeply moisturize and repair the hair’s structure. 

Hair Botox is excellent to treat dull, lacklustre and porous hair. It helps regain moisture that is lost over time, and brings back a youthful natural shine, while adding that beautiful softness we all love!

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Hair Botox – the Re-emerging Trend

HAIR BOTOX:

It’s one of the only treatments that penetrates the three layers of the hair and reaches the cortex to deeply moisturize and repair the hair’s structure.

Hair Botox is excellent to treat dull, lacklustre and porous hair. It helps regain moisture that is lost over time, and brings back a youthful natural shine, while adding that beautiful softness we all love!

Easy Hairstylist Hacks That Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

Lacking in the hair volume department? You’ve come to the right place. While body comes naturally to some, for others, volume can be frustratingly elusive. Adding oomph and guts to hair (without weighing it down), is all about creating the illusion of thickness, even if the real thing is hard to come by. Here, Vogue speaks to hairstylist Luke Hersheson – who works with everyone from Dua Lipa to Victoria Beckham – to learn the expert hair hacks he uses to make thin hair look thicker, and fast.

Don’t rely on shampoo and conditioner

You might be under the impression that voluminous hair starts with a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner, but Hersheson says it’s more about what you don’t do at this stage. “Using the wrong conditioner, or too much of it, can weigh hair down and make it feel flatter, which in turn will make it appear thinner,” he says. “I’d advise against using hair masks and heavy conditioner, to help maintain volume and body.”

It’s all about a great haircut

The key to hair that looks as thick as possible? A great haircut, of course. “A decent haircut is the foundation to any form of styling. You need shape and a graphic cut to be there first, otherwise it’s a bit like a building without foundations – and badly cut hair won’t defy gravity, because its weight will pull it down,” he says. Without it, you can use any product or tool in the world and you’ll still struggle to create volume.

Ask for shorter pieces

Whether a grown-out fringe or some feathering around the face, incorporating some shorter hair at the front of your style can also help make hair look thicker. “It helps elevate the feeling of thickness, versus anything flat, straight and curtain-like,” Hersheson says.

Make use of “hair filler”

It is common to struggle with thinning hair around the temples and sides of the head, especially as you get older. Filler hair pieces – or a patch of extensions at sides – can help to thicken it out a bit,” Hersheson says. Stealthily-placed hair pieces are ultra subtle, and don’t have to look like the obvious hair extensions that have gotten a bad name. According to Hersheson, multiple stars wear them on the red carpet, “and you’d never know”. 

Flip your parting

An easy and quick volumising trick is to change your parting and flip your hair over to the other side. “Think Kim Basinger with her big flick-over,” says Hersheson. “A middle parting will always make hair look flatter – flipping it over is an easy way to add more body.” 

Tease hair at the crown

Remember backcombing? The age-old technique comes in handy when trying to create the illusion of thicker roots, says Hersheson – but avoid doing it the old-school way, with a comb. “Get a mixed bristle brush and hold the hair up, pushing the brush downwards just behind the roots at the crown – it creates a Brigitte Bardot effect, and helps frame the eyes,” he says.

Find the right product for your hair

A new generation of hair mousses can really help add grit, lift and hold into roots, for a more voluminous effect. Hershesons new Zhoosh foam helps to swell and thicken the hair, giving it guts and hold without being sticky. Other products to try include Oribe’s Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse, and Virtue’s Volumising Mousse.

Blow dry upwards

When you blow dry your hair, ensure you direct the airflow underneath the root and upwards, rather than blowing down on top of the head. “It’s little things like that which make a real difference,” says Hersheson.

Experiment with colour

Well-placed highlights and general colour can help add dimension to hair. “The minute you start adding texture or contrast with colour, you start to see more depth, and that can give the illusion of thickness,” says Hersheson. “Adding very subtle, different tones throughout will do the job well.”

VOGUE

There Are “No More Dry Hair Days” for Shoppers Using This $5 Conditioner

With time, aging, and the use of hot tools, our hair is put through a lot. It’s perfectly normal to notice a change in the appearance of your hair over time, but as experts previously advised InStyle, there are means of caring for your strands. As for these Amazon shoppers, one under-$5 deep conditioner has been a “miracle” for repairing dry, damaged hair.

Given the ingredients and nature of the L’Oreal Paris Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, it’s no surprise that shoppers call the hair product “perfect.” Deep conditioning treatments provide hair with added moisture and in the case of this deep conditioner, you’re getting double the hydration, thanks to its inclusion of sunflower and camellia oils. One shopper experienced a difference in just the first use, and wrote, “My hair was silky, shiny, and felt healthy…It took the frizz away and gave me a smoother look.

Shop now: $5, amazon.com

Others wrote of similar results, including a reviewer that dubbed the product a must-have. “After using this conditioner, my hair feels softer and looks vibrant,” they wrote. “My hair had a luster and softness I haven’t had since I was in my 40s. No more dry hair days for me.

Intended to be applied while hair is wet, you just need to leave the conditioner in for a minute before rinsing. Reviewers confirm there’s no residue left behind after rinsing and the conditioner washes easily from the hair. A shopper with fine, color-treated hair noticed an improvement mid-rinse, and wrote,”It almost instantly turned my hair from tangled and knotted into soft and silky. I could feel the tangles gliding right out as I was rinsing the conditioner out. When combing my hair out after, my Wetbrush glided easily through my hair. There was no more ripping and breaking trying to untangle my hair.

Those with curls, long color-treated hair, and thick waves were among the many hair types that benefited from this conditioner. One shopper fell so in love, they now refuse to try another product. “This mask brought my hair right back to life after just one use. I absolutely love it,” they wrote.

Fall in love for yourself and pick up the deep conditioner for just $5 on Amazon now

INSTYLE

Hair Botox – Now Offering!

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