A-list celebrity hairstylists reveal five ways to get your best beach waves this summer

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Famous stylists and co-owners of Mark Ryan salon, Mark DeBolt (right) and Ryan Trygstad

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to master beach waves.

The sexy tousled look goes with almost any occasion (and outfit!) In warm weather – whether you actually spent a day in the ocean or not.

From getting the right cut to professional blowout tips, co-owners and founders of Mark Ryan Salon, Mark DeBolt and Ryan Trygstad, Reveal Five Ways to Get the Wavy Wavy Hairstyle of Your Dreams.

Location: The Mark Ryan Salon is located at 135 W 20th Street in New York City

Location: The Mark Ryan Salon is located at 135 W 20th Street in New York City

Vitamin Sea: With summer just around the corner, now's the time to master 'beach waves' even when you're not on the beach like Gwyneth

Vitamin Sea: With summer just around the corner, now’s the time to master ‘beach waves’ even when you’re not on the beach like Gwyneth

THE CUT

Beach waves look effortless, are versatile and universally flattering.

And according to Ryan, the hair only needs to be ‘long enough to show the wave and movement’ of the cut.

The expert (whose clients include Laura Dern, Emma Roberts, Penn Badgley, and Kelly Ripa, to name a few) recommends that it be her collarbone length and longer.

Textured, layered cuts – at any length – will always add movement and softness to the beachy waves creating a more lived-in look.

While perfection is not required to master this undone hairstyle, the right scissors. To get the look, Ryan uses a texture disc and in some cases a razor blade.

A bang is not necessary, but ‘long shaggy bangs framing the face or this season’s trending bang, the curtain bang give the free spirit of beach hair. ‘

Length: Beach waves look effortless, are versatile and universally flattering.  And according to Ryan, the hair only needs to be 'long enough to show the wave and movement' of the cut

Length: Beach waves look effortless, are versatile and universally flattering. And according to Ryan, the hair only needs to be ‘long enough to show the wave and movement’ of the cut

The expert (whose clients include Laura Dern, Emma Roberts, Penn Badgley, and Kelly Ripa, to name a few) recommends that it be her collarbone length and longer

The expert (whose clients include Laura Dern, Emma Roberts, Penn Badgley, and Kelly Ripa, to name a few) recommends that it be her collarbone length and longer

Perfectly imperfect: 'Textured, layered cuts - at any length - will always add movement and softness to the beachy waves creating a more lived-in look,' says Ryan

Perfectly imperfect: ‘Textured, layered cuts – at any length – will always add movement and softness to the beachy waves creating a more lived-in look,’ says Ryan

Hotspot: Color, styling, extensions and makeup are all available at Mark and Ryan's newly opened eponymous salon at 135 West 20th Street in Manhattan's Flat Iron District

Hotspot: Color, styling, extensions and makeup are all available at Mark and Ryan’s newly opened eponymous salon at 135 West 20th Street in Manhattan’s Flat Iron District

THE COLOR

What’s the trick to getting a beachy shade?

“Bleach,” says Mark, the famed colourist behind Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Rebecca Taylor and Vanessa Ferlito’s swoony locks.

“In the salon, we falsify the sun’s rays with hair lighting techniques such as balayage and foil to create those sun-kissed blonde ends.”

No color pattern is the same for everyone. ‘The shades we choose to enhance our clients’ hair are based on the natural level, skin tone and eye color of the hair.

“We call this shading technique” base shading, “also known as weathered beach hair or surf hair.”

The process consists of: highlighting, then toning the root of the hair and halfway through the hair with complementary tones, leaving the ends light and bright.

Small highlights are placed all around the face and head and the ends are teased. ‘This will melt the color in the light, giving you that sunny beachy look!’

What's the trick to getting a beachy shade?  Bleach!  According to Mark

What’s the trick to getting a beachy shade? Bleach! According to Mark

Hair by Mark DeBolt

Mark Ryan Salon

“In the salon, we falsify the sun’s rays with hair lighting techniques such as balayage and foil to create those sun-kissed blonde ends.”

No two services are the same.  The shades we choose to enhance our clients' hair are based on the natural level, skin tone and eye color of the hair

No two services are the same. The shades we choose to enhance our clients’ hair are based on the natural level, skin tone and eye color of the hair

THE BLOWOUT

“To get a more beachy look when blow drying, opt for a smaller round brush so you can create more textured pieces,” explains Ryan.

The expert recommends a 1-inch barrel brush.

After blowing out the hair, Ryan reaches for a hot tool. “I like an inch diameter curling iron – again, if you have more control with a smaller diameter, you can mimic the beach wave.”

For a natural look, he suggests curling the hair away from the face.

“Even if you pull the wave while the hair is gently cooling with your fingers, an elongated wave pattern is created.”

For piece-y parting, Ryan is a fan of salt sprays and texture sprays, such as R + cO Dream House Cold Pressed Watermelon Wave Spray.

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Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Mask

Left: R + Co. DreamHouse Cold-Pressed Watermelon Wave Spray, $ 29; randco.com. Right: Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Mask, $ 69; markryansalon.com

While straight haired girls should stick to wavy irons and curling irons to achieve the look, girls with curly hair may want to consider a keratin treatment to get beach waves

While straight haired girls should stick to wavy irons and curling irons to achieve the look, girls with curly hair may want to consider a keratin treatment to get beach waves

THE TREATMENT

While straight haired girls should stick to wavy irons and curling irons to create beach waves, girls with curly hair may want to consider a keratin treatment.

“But the best way to decide which keratin to choose is to consult with your stylist,” said the New York-based stylists.

‘We have a few different types with different strengths.

Keratin treatments don’t eliminate curls, but soften and refine them for manageability, ultimately creating that desired beach wave.

The duo also recommend conditioning treatments.

Customizable conditioning treatments help strengthen and reduce breakage, replenish moisture, improve smoothing, add shine and reduce frizz.

“This treatment supports healthy hair length and protects against external aggressors, creates density and promotes scalp health.”

For home care, the professionals love Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture Mask and say ‘it’s great for thirsty hair!’

Halo hair extension

Ryan Trygstad hair extension

Add-ins: In the summer months, Ryan (who specializes in extensions) recommends clip-ins or a halo

ADD US

For women looking to add length and density to their mane, Ryan (the extension guru) recommends clip-ins or a halo for the summer months.

“They are more manageable for the season and most girls will want to remove the hair so they can swim.”

Color, styling, extensions and makeup services are all available from Mark and Ryan’s newly opened eponymous salon located at 135 West 20th Street in Manhattan’s Flat Iron District.

Take a trip to the star-worthy environment and you won’t be disappointed.

You will no doubt see a few notables and you will walk out and look and feel like a VIP.

Mark Ryan Salon

Newly opened salon in NYC

The place to be: take a trip to the star-worthy environment and you won’t be disappointed. You will no doubt see a few notables and you will walk out and look and feel like a VIP

Versatile: Ryan recommends collarbone length and longer to achieve a sultry wave look

Versatile: Ryan recommends collarbone length and longer to achieve a sultry wave look

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