Picking a hair accessory can be tricky because you don’t want it to overwhelm your face and you want it to go perfectly well with your outfit. Usually, women choose between flowers, bows, ornate hairpins and hats; but not Mara Hoffman. Her spring / summer 2013 collection was inspired by the word “Aloha”, from the peaceful sentiment of its meaning to the spiriting of the Hawaiian islands it represents. The collection is very beachy so it is not surprising that the hair directly complemented it. This is another side part hairstyle, the side part being a huge hair trend for spring 2013. You can definitely add this “Aloha” hair to your must try list.

Thomas Dunkin for Sebastian Professional was responsible for the textured beach waves hairstyle at Mara Hoffman’s show. The look “illustrates the beauty of mixing and experimenting with different textures and products”. It is very tropical, something your hair would look like after spending time at the beach. What is great about this hairstyle is the use of a real hair accessory like a tropical flower with palm leaves. It’s attached to a hairpin and then pinned onto the hair after it’s done. If you think you can pull off this kind of hair accessory, I encourage you to do so because it looks very organic and earthy. If not, then just settle for an accessory that would best suit your taste. Want to know how you can do this hairstyle on your own? Read more to find out how.

Textured beach waves

How to: crimped beach waves from Mara Hoffman

While your hair is still damp, apply a thickening cream or mousse. Backstage at Mara Hoffman the team used Sebastian Professional Thickefy Foam. Blow dry your hair with a large round brush until it is completely dry and shiny.
Starting from the under layer of the hair working outwards, use a 2 inch micro crimp to crimp small sections of the hair. Starting from the under layer will give volume to your hair which is important in this hairstyle.

crimped beach waves

Gently tease the hair to build more body and texture after crimping it. Spritz your hair with hairspray for a flexible hold. At Mara Hoffman, Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray was used.
With various sizes of curling irons, select random pieces of hair around the head and start curling. This creates different textures all throughout.
For the last step, create a deep side part and side sweep the hair flat across the top of the head. Put on Sebastian Professional Shine Crafter Wax as a finishing touch to create a smooth and sleek look that also holds the hair in place. Attach your choice of hair accessory to finish off the look.

Beachy waves with palm accessory

For more images of the crimped beachy waves on the runway at Mara Hoffman spring 2013, follow that link.

Photo Credit: Randy Brooks

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