Beachy waves are a huge trend in beauty and fashion. They are not a particularly easy look to achieve, but with a little practice, you can get that tousled look. As a beauty and fashion expert, and a girl with unruly waves, I have practiced and mastered this look both with clients and myself. Follow my guide on how to get your hair wavy, flowy and beautiful.
Shampoo and Condition Correctly
The first step to a beachy wave is to use the right shampoo and conditioner. There aren’t many wavy hair shampoos on the market, so choose one that is designed for curly hair. These shampoos contain oils and vitamins that help bring curls more definition. If you can, choose one that is free of parabens, salts and sulfates that can strip your hair of its natural moisture. Conditioners should also be for curly hair, but a few are marketed for beachy waves. They often contain minerals that deposit in your hair and leave it ready to hold a wave.
Pick Your Products
The type of products you need varies based on your natural hair. For girls with straight hair, you will need something stronger than a girl with curly hair. Straight hair girls should choose thicker gels or mousse that is designed for curly hair. Apply a liberal amount to your hair, then flip your head over and crunch the hair between your fingers. When you flip your hair over, resist the urge to touch it more and let it fall even if it looks a little crazy. Allow hair to air dry.
For curly hair girls, apply a lighter than normal product, like a light mousse or gel. Apply a smaller amount and run through your curls, gently tugging at the curls to help reduce some of the spring. Gently comb through the curls to help break them apart a little. You can also choose to skip the hair product all together and just use hair spray at the end. My hair is closer to curly than straight, so I tend to only use a tiny amount of product or wait til the hair spray stage.
Curl Your Hair
The next step will be to curl your hair lightly once it is fully dry. Using a large barrel curling iron, curl your hair in large sections. The key is to not create ringlets but to just barely curl your hair. If your hair is straight, you may find that you need to hold the iron on you hair a little longer, but don’t leave it too long. If your hair is curly, section very large portions of your hair to curl. Either hair type should immediately brush or comb lightly to help break up the curl and only leave slight definition in each lock. I like to do each curl at a time and brush while the hair is still warm to help lock the style as it cools.
The last step is to apply a light mist of hair spray or sprayable styling gel. The look is intended to be bouncy, free flowing and have lots of volume, so choose a light hold spray. If you apply too much product and have sticky or crunchy waves run a comb gently through them until the product is worked through and re curl that section.
Another option is to simply braid your hair while its wet and sleep with the braid in. The result won’t be as beachy, but will give you the effect if you’re on vacation and don’t have access to all your styling products. However, following my tips in the guide will provide you with beachy waves that can last a full day at the beach, a night out or even a day at the office. Pair your sexy waves with your best bathing suit and rock this look all summer long.