Beauty tips courtesy of the Atlantic Ocean
Oh hey lay-dees. At Happy Ending, we are very concerned with looks. Naturally. So, with that in mind, I’m here to share a personal tale about my quest for the perfect Mermaid Hair, along with instructions for how you can achieve Mermaid Hair, too, even if you’re miles away from being unda da sea.
I went to the beach over the weekend, and guess what happened? My hair became amazing! Because of all that glorious sea salt in the big blue Atlantic Ocean, I emerged from my dip looking like Punk Rock Ariel, or a cast member from “Blue Crush 2.” Suddenly, I was obsessed with myself. I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror at all my awesome, salty waves. How had I never noticed this effect before?? I wanted to become a mermaid and look like this always. Plus, this style was perfect for me, because I literally don’t know how to do anything with my hair, including applying hairspray successfully. So! When I got home from paradise I Googled “how can i get my hair to be like this always?” and what I found were several wanna-be mermaids just like me sharing recipes for homemade sea-salt sprays. Hooray! I then spent the better part of the afternoon sitting on the floor, filling and refilling tiny pink spray bottles with different formulas and combo trying various ratios out, like a little coconut-scented mad scientist. But in the end, I did find a winning combo that’s been doing the trick ever since. Here’s what I came up with:
1. In one of those little empty spray bottles you find at the drugstore, mix:
-One (1) cup of water (filtered if you’re persnickety)
-One (1) teaspoon of sea salt (finely ground is best) (use a little more if your hair is super thick and not too dry)
-One half (1/2) teaspoon of conditioner. Coconut scented is best because it’s beachy.
-Optional: a little dab of hair gel, preferably Dep because that’s what Barbie uses. Plus: come on, those bottles.
2. Screw the nozzle back on and shake it like a Polaroid picture
3. Spray the potion onto wet/damp hair, scrunch it all up with your hands, and let it air-dry, scrunching every once in a while (this is actually pretty fun).
Voila! Dunzo. Now you are a mermaid and probably also a really good surfer. We’ll be watching for the best beach waves at the next Happy Ending (there’s one in August, upstate, which is the perfect place to display a down-to-earth hairstyle a la Miss Amanda Stern), so you guys better bring it. Ten points if you smell like a coconut, and twenty if you bring along a bottle of Dep.