5 Surfer Girls Share Their Summer Hair Rehab Secrets

The upside to beach hair is well documented: the sun-kissed highlights, the piece-y texture, the cool-girl waves that come from doing exactly nothing

By Chloe Atkins, VOGUE

The upside to beach hair is well documented: the sun-kissed highlights, the piece-y texture, the cool-girl waves that come from doing exactly nothing. But what about the downside? The salty ocean can leave strands feeling parched, while the beating sun can take a toll on color. Of course, that doesn’t keep die-hard surfers from hitting the water however often they can. It all comes down to a few savvy tricks, from an early morning slather of coconut oil to a gentle end-of-day detangling with a wet-hair-friendly brush. Here, five beach regulars—rooted in the world of fashion but just as firmly planted on a surfboard—share the secrets to their summer hair-care routines.

Oleema Miller

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Hawaii-based designer of the swimwear line Mikoh

“My hair has always been pretty healthy, despite the long hours spent in the sun and in the salty ocean. When my hair is feeling a bit dry, I do an hour-long coconut oil mask. It’s as simple as it sounds: I slather my hair in [Monoi] oil, wrap it up in a towel, and leave it for as long as I can. The smell is magical, and your hair will feel like silk after—the perfect summer remedy. For a beach-wave look, I simply wash out my hair with water (no shampoo or conditioner) and let it air-dry. The salt from the sea leaves my hair with the perfect volume and wave.”

Thembi Hanify

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Australian art director and cofounder of the label Mathys Sinclair

[post_ads]“It’s funny. Most of the time after I surf, I wash all of the ocean out only to put it back in with sea salt texture spray by The Gnarly Whale’s Thai Coconut Beach Waves (which smells like summer). But you can’t beat real ocean water in your hair! To smooth my ends, I use Reverie’s Milk anti-frizz treatment or organic coconut oil.”

Lisa DeTemple

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New York director of sales at The RealReal and Montauk surf enthusiast
“Since I’m outside so much, I use Leonor Greyl oil to protect my hair from the sun, salt, and chlorine. Then I’ll use New Wash by Hair Story with a dab of Super Rich conditioner by Bumble and Bumble for more moisture. Not only do the [elements] kill my hair, I’m also a double-process [blonde]. Thankfully, my colorist uses Christophe Robin Regenerating Prickly Pear treatment—it changed everything for me, and I use it once every other week.”

Annie McGinty

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Los Angeles–based model who spends her off-time surfing and snowboarding
“My favorite product is straight-up coconut oil. I often slather it on before I hit the beach, and by the time I wash it, it’s soft, shiny, and extremely conditioned. I also put coconut oil in my coffee every day: It gives you the fuel to kick-start your day and hydrates you from the inside out. My go-to shampoo and conditioner are by Renpure (I always leave my conditioner in for about three minutes before rinsing). My secret to the healthiest hair: Get a trim every eight weeks, and invest in a nice brush. I love the Tangle-Teezer because it’s gentle on wet hair.”


Jesse Kamm

Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Kamm / @jessekamm
Designer of her eponymous Los Angeles clothing line and longtime surfer
“Before my first session of the day, I rub local Panama coconut oil into the bottom three inches of my hair. After my surf, I rinse off in the shower with rainwater and deep condition with Sansceuticals Nourishing Hair Hydrant Ultra. For my second surf, I skip the oil and complete the rest of the previously described routine. Every four days, I wash my hair with Aesop Classic Shampoo.”

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Women's Magazine: 5 Surfer Girls Share Their Summer Hair Rehab Secrets
5 Surfer Girls Share Their Summer Hair Rehab Secrets
The upside to beach hair is well documented: the sun-kissed highlights, the piece-y texture, the cool-girl waves that come from doing exactly nothing
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