Makeup Bag: 5 Favorite Summer Hair Products

My hair, washed, dried, and left entirely to its own devices, is soft, fine, flat, slightly wavy, and so, so boring. It viscerally pains me to wear my hair in its limp, lifeless natural state, but I don’t always want crazy volume, either — I’m perpetually in search of a happy medium. I love to layer products to desired effect, but when the weather warms up, the last thing I want to do is have my head weighed down by heavy volumizing sprays and mousses. These five super-light products can be used on their own or in conjunction for the kind of soft, natural-looking, beachy body I crave come summer…

got2b POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder: I fronted on this volumizing powder in favor of its higher-end equivalent a couple months back, but would you believe me if I said I’d jumped ship? Applied liberally (like, really liberally) to roots, it gives hair a tacky (in a good way), texturized feeling that I’m just obsessed with. And because it’s super affordable, I don’t feel bad about emptying half a container into my hand every morning. [$7.99, Folica]

Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Wave Spray: I am, like, 99 percent sure this wave spray is formulated with 99 percent pure magic. Also, it’s called Supreme Head! What’s not to love? I spritz this all over my towel-dried hair and twist large sections away from my face (like soooooo) and sleep on it for soft, glossy, surprisingly uniform waves in the morning. It works equally well with a diffuser if you’re in a rush. [$12.99, Ulta]

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker: I certainly won’t be insulted if you decide against purchasing this damn-near-$50 hair product, but I will attest honestly to its greatness. This especially effective dry shampoo uses translucent powder to absorb oil at the roots while boosting body and lift with texturizing polymers. Perhaps its most compelling feature is the fact that it’s packaged in a click-applicator brush, which means it’s practically begging to be used on the go. [$48, Birchbox]

Bumble and bumble Brilliantine: This was the first hair product I ever purchased, and I’ve been through countless repurchases since. It’s not that the tiny squeeze bottle goes quickly — actually, it kind of lasts forever —but I use Brilliantine damn near every day. That’s not to say I know exactly what it does. I have no idea. But I do know that, applied on damp or dry lengths and ends, it just makes hair look better somehow. Like, way, way better. It separates and texturizes while imparting a subtle, satiny sheen, all while smelling tremendously good. [$23, Bumble and bumble]

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist: Any name involving the word “boho” is the worst name for anything, ever, but this product is among the best when it comes to that covetable “beach waves” effect. It combines traditional salt spray properties with aloe and bamboo extract for soft, shiny waves minus the stiff, matte heaviness of many other salt sprays. It’ll bring out waves and curls you didn’t know you had in even the straightest, most stubborn hair. [$22, Ulta]