How to: perfect beach waves


For reasons unknown, spending a day in the sun and surf often results in perfectly tousled, done-but-not-too-done beach hair. Of course, it may also result in a nasty sunburn, but you don’t have to make a trip to the shore to achieve perfect beach waves. Just follow these steps to summer-ize your hair:

Wavy or curly hair

  1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Towel dry hair and use your fingers to work an anti-frizz product like John Frieda Frizz Ease hair serum into your hair.
  3. Pull hair into a loose, messy bun and let air dry almost fully.
  4. When hair is nearly dry, release from bun and spray with a sea salt spray like Bumble and Bumble surf spray. Scrunch.
  5. Use a one-inch curling iron to fix pieces that did not scrunch well, but make sure to shake out hair when you’re done so that it doesn’t look too “finished.”

Straight hair

  1. Start with dry hair. It is best if your hair is unwashed — dirty hair has more texture and therefore holds waves better.
  2. Spray hair with a sea salt spray like the Bumble and Bumble product mentioned above or Fekkai beach waves.
  3. Split hair into horizontal sections. Depending on your hair’s thickness, you might want to split it into a top, middle and bottom section, but if you have very thin hair, you should be able to make do with just two sections.
  4. Pin top section up.
  5. Wrap sections of hair around the barrel of a one-inch curling iron — do not use the clamp! You’ll achieve more casual waves as opposed to tight curls this way.
  6. Once you’ve finished the bottom section, move on to the next and continue this process until you’ve waved all sections.
  7. Shake out hair slightly and spray with more sea salt spray. If your hair doesn’t hold waves well, you might want to spray it with a flexible hold hair spray instead.

If you have a tried-and-true beach hair technique that I haven’t mentioned here, I’d love to hear it in the comments below!


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