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DIY summer hair: Beachy waves

Curl Defining Cream by Moroccanoil, $33.60; at moroccanoil.com

Curl Defining Cream by Moroccanoil, $33.60; at moroccanoil.com (Credit: Handout)

'Beach waves" -- the hair kind, that is -- are nothing new to Long Island women, who are intimately familiar with the tousled, sea-breezy look that comes from a day spent lounging at the shore. Now it's as common on the red carpet as the boardwalk at Jones Beach.

The key is to "work with your natural texture," notes Yair Arbas, a stylist at Valery Joseph Salons in Bridgehampton and Manhattan.

To get a natural beach wave -- yet avoid frizz -- Arbas suggests the following steps:

1. Towel-drying hair after a shower and brush it through

2. Mix a dab of liquid gel with a generous portion of conditioner

3. Scrunch from ends of hair to the top, applying evenly

4. Let hair dry naturally or part hair in five or six sections and twirl each to the back, then let dry.

The gel fights frizz (Arbas likes Shu Uemura's Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer, infused with seawater, $38; at shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com) while the conditioner amplifies texture (try Curl Defining Cream by Moroccanoil, $33.60; at moroccanoil.com).