AEO DIY: Sea Salt Hair Spray

From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Palermo some of our favorite celebrities and fashion icons rock the perfect beach wave. We’ve put together an easy step by step guide on how to create your very own sea salt hair spray to give you those effortless ready-for-summer strands. Move over Becky with the good hair…it’s our time to shine.


Materials you’ll need:
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon water-based hair gel
1/2 teaspoon leave-in conditioner
1/2 teaspoon argan oil (optional)
1 to 2 drops of essential oil of choice for fragrance (optional. We prefer rose or lavender scents)
Pot and stove top (or microwavable bowl or cup)
Spray bottle that can hold more than a cup of water
Utensil for stirring
Measuring spoons

1. Heat water just before boiling in pot or bowl. Remove from heat.
2. Add your salt, stirring occasionally until it’s completely dissolved.

3. Add the fun stuff! (Hair gel, leave-in conditioner, argan oil and essential oil). Stir until ingredients are completely combined.

4. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before pouring it into the spray bottle.

5. Give that bottle a good shake.

How To Apply:
Always shake your spray before applying. For best results, spray a few spritzes two inches from roots on either dry or wet hair. Scrunch, twist and toss your hair to create that perfectly messy texture. Spray and scrunch until you’ve reached your desired look! Pro tip: Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Do you have any other good hair DIY tips? Tell us in the comments below!

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Introducing AEO APT: Fill Your Home With #AEOSTYLE

Styling tips & inspiration for transforming your dorm or apt with the new AEO APT collection: Feel like you’ve hit a wall in styling your apartment? We’ve got you covered. And your covers. Let’s start in your sanctuary, the bedroom. You want your bedroom to be a reflection of you, so we’re providing some ways for you to make the most of your space, no matter how small.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

The focal point of a bedroom is, well, the bed. You spend a lot of time there. It’s your snooze spot, your snack spot, your chill spot, and most importantly, your sleep spot. Make it yours by mixing and matching sheets and comforters to get a set that makes you want to spend the morning in bed (more than you already do). Whether you prefer a cool, morning hue or a darker, eye-catching print, your comforter should do the job of pulling everything in the room together so you can focus on catching all the Z’s you please. Try and incorporate a textured duvet to add subtle depth to the room, it’ll make sure you’ll always wake up on the right side of the bed.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

Don’t be afraid of blank space, white walls are your friend! Open it up by avoiding darker paint colors that tend to give the illusion of a shrinking room. Instead, juxtapose a bold patterned boho tapestry against a blank wall to elongate and lighten up the space. Throw it over a bedframe to keep a clean look while not sacrificing the colors you love. If patterns aren’t your thing opt for a cityscape or nature scene that allows your bedroom to be your place to escape. Don’t let your walls confine you, give yourself more room to daydream.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

You can’t go wrong with natural light, but when that doesn’t suffice you need lights that provide a warm and fuzzy wakeup aesthetic that doesn’t feel artificial. String lights are the perfect wall accent; hang them over your bed to get the right lighting for any mood, or bottle them up on a bedside table for a free-spirit, firefly aesthetic. You’ll get a soft glow ideal for mellow mornings or Saturday nights in.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

There is no such thing as too many pillows. Afraid your bed is boring? Liven it up by adding a printed or textured pillow to the mix. A great graphic or text decal can add just the right amount of fun to a room without being over the top. Throw it anywhere, whether it be on a bed or a chair or even the floor. Extra pillows mean more comfy, more cozy, and more you.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

Less is more, especially in a smaller space. While your bedroom should be an expression of you, sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go. Pick a few of your favorite photos to hang on a wall chain to add some personality to a bland corner without looking sloppy. Try not to crowd nightstands and shelves with unnecessary knickknacks, instead grab a staple candle or mug and keep the rest of the mess hidden in a vintage storage unit. A clean space is a happy space.

Whoever said that size matters was wrong! The room you’ve been dreaming about doesn’t have to stay a dream, make it a reality with AEO APT. Show us how you style your space with AEO APT using #liveinaeostyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Ready for some serious inspiration? Get REAL with Heather Durcho, AEO’s Front Desk Receptionist. She fearlessly volunteered to share her story with us as we honor breast cancer awareness this month, and we can’t thank her enough! Read on to learn more about the shining face we see every day in our Pittsburgh office.

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Hi, Heather! Thanks for chatting with us. Can you give us a brief intro to what you do here at AEO? 
I am the front desk Receptionist. I do a little bit of everything. Answer phones, check in guests, and help out with some HR responsibilities. I think I may have one of the best positions in the office because I get to chat with so many different people during the day. There is never a dull moment up here at the front desk. I have been working here since March of this year and absolutely LOVE it!

Do you have a favorite Aerie item? 
My favorite go-to Aerie items are definitely the cardigans and dusters. They are so comfy! I love that they are so versatile. I can wear one when I’m just lounging around the house. I can throw one on with a pair of jeans and head out to run some errands. Or I can even dress one up by adding a statement necklace and a cute pair of boots. Confession, I wore my favorite duster to work the other day and then slept in it that night! They are that cozy!

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

If girls want to see more of your style…where should they find you on Instagram?
My Instagram handle is @heddadurka.

What makes you #AerieREAL?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) in March of this year. The first question I had for my doctor was, “Am I going to lose my hair?” Within just a couple weeks after my first chemotherapy treatment, it was falling out in clumps. I remember one day I went to readjust my ponytail, and when I took out my hair tie, I was literally holding my entire ponytail in my hand. I decided enough was enough and shaved my head that same day. I was just coming to a point in my life where I was really starting to love and appreciate my body, flaws and all. Then cancer swooped in changed everything. My hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes fell out. I became bloated and puffy from some of the chemotherapy drugs they gave me. I didn’t look like myself at all. Literally the only thing that did not change was who I was inside, and that is what I decided to hold on to. I was still the same person I have always been, it was just the outside that was different. It took me a little while but once I finally came to that realization, I felt so much better about everything that was going on. Learning that I am just as beautiful on the outside as I am on the inside is what makes me #AerieREAL.

Amazing. Thank you SO much for sharing. Now onto a lighter note. What book did you least read?
I am addicted to reading! My kindle goes with me everywhere. The last book I read was “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner. If you haven’t read it yet then go do it right now!

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Shop Heather’s Look: Duster Cardigan | Tank (similar here) | Girls Rule Notebook (in store!)

Do you have any favorite fall recipes
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is cook on our charcoal grill. I don’t have any specific recipes, per se. I just love being outside in the crisp fall air, watching the leaves change and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal. However, this would not be a proper interview without me expressing my deep and undying love for a large, steaming bowl of mac and cheese!

Describe your personal style in 3 words: 
Classic, comfortable, girly.

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
I’m sure being #AerieREAL means something different to everyone. To me, being #AerieREAL is taking what I have learned about myself over the past few months and helping others feel the exact same way. We are all beautiful!

Thank you Heather!

Tune in to our Snapchat today (handle: aerie) as Heather gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her day at Aerie!

Learn more about our partnership with Bright Pink®, a non-profit dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

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What to Wear Under Your AEO: Crop Tee

What goes under your AEO? Aerie, of course!

Cropped tees were a huge trend this summer, and we especially love the AEO Baby T-Shirt! For the back-to-school and fall seasons, this top paired with a pair of effortless, distressed jeans is one of our favorite looks. To make the fit smooth and seamless, our Aerie fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, suggests wearing her favorite t-shirt bra of the moment…the Sunnie! Since the top is dark-colored, it’s a great time to have fun with color…wait ’til you see what Jenny puts underneath!

So go ahead, wear your favorite cropped tees with confidence while summer lasts! With Jenny’s tips, you’ll be looking better than ever.


How cute are our lace Sunnie bra and printed Mini Cheeky under this AEO look?

Want more of Jenny’s quick tips? Email her your fit and style questions at, or tweet your question @Aerie with #AskJenny! For more of her styling ideas for what to wear under your favorite AEO looks, check out her most recent tips!



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What to Wear Under Your AEO: Crossback Kate Dress

What goes under your AE? Aerie, of course!

The AEO Crossback Kate Dress is one of our favorites…but can pose a problem when it comes to finding the right bra and undies to wear underneath.

Our Fit & Style Expert, Jenny Altman, suggests wearing your favorite fun bra peeking out for a look that’s meant to make a statement. Or, draw all the attention to the unique design of the dress by pairing it with an Aerie Pushup Lace Bare Bra that will be totally concealed.

For an extra dose of coverage, Jenny recommends a nude boyshort or boybrief. (Remember, nude, not white, is the color you want to wear to hide your undies under white clothes!)

With these tips, you’ll be ready to hit the street with style! Watch below for all of Jenny’s tips on outfitting this look with Aerie pieces.

Want more of Jenny’s quick tips? Email her your fit and style questions at, or tweet your question @Aerie with #AskJenny!


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