Soft, tousled, beachy waves will never go out of style. The perfectly undone hair that looks like you spent the day surfing on the Cali coast will always be the it-girl hair of choice. Luckily, whether you have short hair, long hair, straight hair, or curly hair, you can easily achieve these beach waves without the beach.
Surfer hair, minus the sand everywhere!
First things first
In order to get the perfect beachy waves, you need to do a little bit of prepping. When you wash your hair before styling, use a texturizing shampoo and conditioner. This will make your job during styling much easier. Your hair will have more life and body to work with.
The not-so-secret ingredient
Next, you need sea salt hair spray. Salt sprays give you the texture and volume you would get from spending a day at the beach, without the sand and SPF. Some cult favorites are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray. On a budget? Mix some sea salt and water in a spray bottle and it’ll do the trick.
Three Tricks to Beach Hair, Minus the Beach
Method 1: Create Curls With A Curling Iron
If you’re handy with a curling iron, this is a fast, easy way to get the beachy waves of your dreams.
- Step 1: After using texturizing shampoo and conditioner, let your hair air-dry.
- Step 2: Heat up your favorite curling iron, and section your hair, per usual. Then, wrap your hair around the iron like you would normally for about 7 seconds. Here’s the important part: when you release the curling iron’s clip, pull the curl down. This makes sure you get tousled waves, not ringlets.
- Step 3: Pull apart your curls (the messier the better!) and spray your tendrils with sea salt spray. Run your fingers through your hair a few more time to get that perfectly undone look, and voila!
Method 2: Get Beach Hair With A Straightener
If you’re not so great with a curling iron but you’re a pro with a straightener, then this is the method for you.
- Step 1: After washing your hair and letting it air dry, spray with a heat protectant spray.
- Step 2: Divide your hair into sections. The bigger the sections, the looser the waves will be.
- Step 3: Twist the sections into a tight spiral. Then, twist two of these spirals together. They should be small enough to fit your straightener around.
- Step 4: Take your straightener and press it around the spirals, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom. Leave it on each inch of hair in the spiral for about 30 seconds, then continue moving down.
- Step 5: Let these spirals cool down, spray them with your salt spray, pull them apart and mess them up a little, and you’re good to go.
Method 3: No Heat Beachy Waves
This heat doesn’t heat-damage your hair, but it takes a little more time. It’s perfect if you shower at night because you can sleep on it and wake up with gorgeous surfer waves.
- Step 1: Wash your hair, or get it damp. Your hair should be about 80-90% dry. Spray with your salt spray of choice.
- Step 2: Section your hair and twist the individual sections. Then, take these individual twists and make a top knot.
- Step 3: Leave your hair like this for as long as possible. Ideally, you can sleep in the top-knot, but you can also let it air dry for a few hours.
- Step 4: When your hair is dry, let the bun down and pull apart your spirals. You’ll have everyone thinking you spent the day surfing sick waves.
Beginner’s Tip: If all this twisting and top-knot-ing is too much for you, you can also throw your hair into 2 or 3 braids and sleep in those as well.
Go get ‘em, surfer girl!
This hairstyle works with any length or style of hair, but lately angled lobs with this style have been all the rage. If you’re ready to book an appointment to get the it-girl look of the year, call The Hair Studio now!