There’s nothing like the beach – or the beautiful hair that results from days curled up by the pool, dipping your toes in the water, and catching up with your Instagram feed.
Beachy waves are a gorgeous, natural hairstyle – with a subtle brightness, wave, and shimmer that looks oh so glamorous! Best of all, you don’t have to go all the way to Punta Cana, the Bahamas, or even San Diego to recreate iconic beach waves. Even after your summer vacation is over and you’re far from the sun, sand and surf, you can still look like a total beach babe. Wondering how? We’ll show you!
The term “beachy waves” refers to the hairstyle that you’re probably familiar with if you have long hair, and have been on a beach vacation. When you go swimming, the water and sun tend to make your hair a bit wavy and curly – and the resulting look is totally cute!
The key to a great beachy wave hairstyle is that it’s not supposed to look perfect! You want your hair to look loose, flowing, and fun, just like it would if you were coming back from a long, relaxing day on the beach.
Beachy waves are iconic, and have been worn by tons of celebrities, from Chrissy Teigen, Rihanna, Bella Hadid and so many more.
Okay, so you know what beachy waves are. But how can you get them, and make sure that your hair looks loose, fun, and flirty? Let’s talk about 10 ways you can get those classic beach waves – without spending a day in the surf! See which one of these methods is right for you.
Using a flat iron to get beachy waves is pretty simple. Start by protecting your locks with a heat protectant, then blow dry your hair. Wrap it around the iron, pull it through the plates, then just clamp and slide, and repeat! Finally, run your fingers through your hair to break it up, and add some texturing spray, and you’ll be all done.
If you don’t like the idea of using a flat iron, you can just find a salt spray product, spritz it onto your hair, then part it in the middle. Make two braids, then let your hair dry, and take out the braids – boom! Instant beachy waves, just like Chrissy Teigen!
Using a curling iron is a great option for beachy waves. Just apply a heat protectant, and begin curling your hair with a barrel curling iron that has a 1-inch diameter. Shake out your hair when you’re done, and you’ll be good to go!
If you have a cotton headband, you can just wear it, wrap all of your hair around the base of the headband near your neck, and leave it in place for a few hours. Then, when you unwrap your hair, it will have that great, beachy look!
If you’re pressed for time, you can gather your hair in a ponytail, spritz on some heat protectant, and then curl your pony with a hair curler. Remove the elastic and shake out your hair, and you’ve got beach waves! Take a look at Zendaya in this article for an example of how you’ll look!
This is a great method for fine-textured hair. Spritz your hair with some salt spray while it’s drying, then rough-dry it to lift the roots from the head. Then pin your hair into a bun, and take your bun down once it air dries. Voila – beach waves!
After shampooing and conditioning, just form the waves with a fine-toothed comb, add some salt spray, and run a diffuser through your hair to create a wavy look – like Olivia Wilde in this picture!
If you like messy hairstyles, you can use a flat iron to wave about half of your hair and leave it loose, then pin the rest of your hair into a bun for an effortless, wavy look.
For a shaggy, low-key look, just run a flat iron through your hair from root to tip and alternate the iron from left to right. Then, rake your hair with a wide-tooth comb to bring out the waves!
This is great for thicker-textured hair. Apply a thick mousse to help your hair hold the wave, then gently use a one-inch curling iron, wrapping a few strands of hair down from the midsection to bring out your beach waves.
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