The Secret to Beachy, Wavy Hair

Here are Step-by-Step Instructions to Get Natural Waves

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Beachy, wavy hair never goes out of style. Right now, the hot trend of the moment is shoulder-length hair and long bobs with textured waves. It's a look that screams "Southern California." This is how you nail it. 

Step 1: Start with the right haircut

To get beachy waves, you don't necessarily have to have long hair. Long bobs and shoulder-length cuts work well, too.

If you do have long hair, you might ask your hairstylist to cut in long layers.

Waves won't fall right on long hair that's all one length. And if you have thick hair, ask your stylist to remove bulk from your hairstyle, otherwise your hair will be too full and bouncy instead of tousled and sexy when you wave it.

Step 2: Spritz freshly washed, towel-dried hair with texturizing spray

To get that rough texture that's typical of the best beachy waves, you'll need a decent texturizing spray.

We love Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray (buy from Amazon) and Frederic Fekkai's Beach Waves (buy from Amazon). Spray all over the head to get a rough texture. If you have thick hair, spray less. You can also make your own salt spray recipe (get it here).

Step 3: Decide to Scrunch or to Blow Dry and Curl

You have a few options for beachy hair. You can either let hair air dry, scrunching it as you go, which is an easy, low-maintenance way to get waves. Or you can go the more formal route and add waves with a curling iron.

The Scrunching Method

All of us have some natural wave in our hair and scrunching hair as it dries is the key to finding it. You can either let hair air-dry or use a diffuser on your hair dryer. To properly scrunch hair, hold a section in your palm, then fold it accordian-style (suggests hairstylist Bronwen Melvin in Marie Claire) up towards your scalp, then squeeze.

When you release, you should have a perfect little wave in your hair.

The Curling Method

If you want even more curl, you can use a curling iron to create haphazard curls. We highly recommend clamp-less curling irons. You can buy great ones on Amazon. Our favorite is the T3 Twirling Wand. It's pricey, but worth it. Buy it from Amazon.

We recommend first blow-drying hair straight with a round or paddle brush. Once hair is completely dry, you'll curl hair in 2-inch sections away from your face, never towards it. 

The longer your hair, the fatter your iron can be. We like a 2-inch barrel, but it's up to you what you want to use.

Also, wind hair starting at mid-shaft and leave the ends out for the best results. 

After you curl a section, let it go without touching it.

Step 5: Finger comb hair

Once you're done curling your entire head of hair,  run your fingers through it to break up the curls. You can put a bit of shine serum on your fingers to add extra shine, but avoid this step if you have super fine hair. (Shine serum can weigh fine hair down).

Step 6: Set the wave

Bend upside down at the waist with your head down and spritz a light holding spray on the roots. Stand back up and spritz the wave lightly to set it.