The beachy wave hairstyle is the perfect combination of effortless and chic. This style is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a day at the beach or a night out on the town. The only downside is that you can’t always have access to the beach, but don’t worry – you can still achieve the beach wave look without the sand and salt.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to create beach waves with a few simple steps and tools. So, let’s dive in!
Step 1: Start With Clean and Dry Hair
Before you begin creating beach waves, you need to have clean and dry hair. You don’t want to add heat to your hair with product residue or excess moisture, as this can damage your hair and prevent your style from holding.
Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair, and then let it air dry completely before moving on to the next step. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
Step 2: Apply Heat Protectant
Once your hair is completely dry, it’s time to protect it from heat damage. This is especially important if you plan on using hot tools to create your waves. Heat protectant sprays, creams or oils are easily available in the market.
If you’re not sure where to start, look for a product with silicone, which forms a protective barrier around the hair shaft and helps to keep moisture locked in. Spray or apply it evenly across your hair lengths.
Step 3: Create Beach Waves Using a Curling Iron
There are different tools you can use to create beach waves, but a curling iron is the most popular one. It’s an effective tool, but be careful with the temperature and duration of each curl to avoid heat damage.
Start by dividing your hair into small sections, around 1 inch in width. Wrap this section of hair around the curling iron in a spiral motion away from your face. Hold for a few seconds (usually around 5 seconds) before releasing the iron.
Pro tip: Depending on what look you want to achieve, focus the curls mostly on the ends. It will give a natural wavy texture and add volume through the midlength. Go with a larger barrel size curling iron if you’re looking for a loose wave, and smaller barrel sizes for a tighter curl.
Once the entire head has been curled, wait for the hair to cool down to maintain defined curls. Then, run your fingers through your hair from the roots to ends, separating the curls. This creates a more textured and natural look.
Step 4: Create Beach Waves Using a Flat Iron
Believe it or not, you can also use a flat iron to create beach waves. It takes a bit more practice and patience, but it’s completely possible.
Begin by taking a small section of hair and clamp the flat iron at the roots. Next, twist the flat iron 180-degrees away from your face, lightly pulling the flat iron down the length of your hair. At the end, release your hair from the flat iron.
Pro tip: To create beach waves using a flat iron, try to create bends in sections of hair rather than tight curls. Pulling the hair tight after releasing the iron or adding texture spray afterward will also help create a natural wavy texture.
Repeat this motion on each section until all your hair has been curled. Once complete, finger comb your hair to separate the waves and create a more natural look.
Step 5: Add a Texturizing Spray
Finally, to complete the look, use a texturizing spray that will help enhance your natural waves while adding volume and texture. Salt sprays are perfect for this, and if you have wavy or curly hair, you can choose any texturizing or defining cream.
Spray evenly throughout your hair, from roots to tips, and scrunch your hair up with your hand. This will help to accentuate any curls or waves you’ve created, giving you the perfect beachy look.
1. What type of hair is best for beach waves?
Beach waves can be created on any hair type- straight, wavy or curly hair. But, the natural texture of wavy and curly hair provides a good foundation to hold the waves.
2. How long will the beach wave style last?
The longevity of the beach wave style depends on how well you maintain it. Try to avoid shampooing your hair for a few days and use dry shampoo periodically. This will extend the life of your waves.
3. Do I have to use hot tools for beach waves?
No, you can also create beach waves using braids or twists in your hair, as mentioned in a previous article. The braiding method takes more time, but offers a more relaxed, boho look without causing damage to your hair.
In conclusion, creating beach waves is an easy and fashionable hairstyle that can be achieved on any hair length or texture. This low-maintenance, breezy style is perfect for a casual day out or an evening celebration. Just follow these simple steps and tips, play around with the temperature and the type of curl you desire, and you’ll have perfect beach waves in no time. Don’t forget to finish it off with a texturing spray for enhanced waves and a natural look.