A timeless, effortless hairstyle that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're headed to the beach or a night out, achieving those relaxed, tousled waves is easier than you might think. Follow our step-by-step guide to create the perfect beach waves:
What You'll Need:
- Heat protectant spray
- 1-inch curling iron or wand
- Hairbrush or comb
- Hair clips or elastics
- Texturizing spray or sea salt spray
- Hairspray (optional)
Step 1: Prepare Your Hair
Start with clean, dry hair. Apply a heat protectant spray to shield your hair from the heat of the curling iron. Comb through your hair to ensure there are no tangles or knots.
Step 2: Section Your Hair
Divide your hair into sections. The number of sections will depend on the thickness of your hair. For most people, dividing your hair into two or three sections will work well. Use hair clips or elastics to keep the sections separate.
Step 3: Curling Your Hair
Now, it's time to start curling:
- Take a small section of hair (about 1 inch wide) from the first section you've divided.
- Hold the curling iron vertically, with the clamp facing backward.
- Wrap the hair around the curling iron away from your face. Leave about an inch or two of the ends out for a more relaxed look.
- Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release the curl into your hand, allowing it to cool in the shape of the wave.
- Repeat steps 1-4 for all sections in each part of your hair.
Step 4: Let the Curls Cool
Allow your curls to cool completely. This helps set the waves and ensures they last longer.
Step 5: Create More Texture
Once your hair has cooled, gently run your fingers through the waves to break them up and create a more natural, tousled look. If you want extra texture, spritz some texturizing spray or sea salt spray through your hair and scrunch it with your fingers.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
To finish off your beach waves, you can:
- Apply a light-hold hairspray to lock in the style (optional).
- Use a hairbrush or comb to lightly brush through the waves for a softer look.
- Tuck one side behind your ear for an asymmetrical, relaxed vibe.
Step 7: Enjoy Your Beach Waves
That's it! You've successfully created the perfect beach waves. This effortlessly chic hairstyle is versatile and suits various occasions, from casual outings to formal events. Plus, it's a style that looks even better with a little natural wind and sea breeze.
Experiment with different products and curling techniques to find the beach wave style that works best for you. With a bit of practice, you'll be a beach wave pro in no time!