How to get beachy waves (without going to a beach)

How to get beachy waves-48This is a little bit of a different kind of post for me, but since I have cut my hair shorter I get a lot of compliments when I style it in a ‘beachy’ way so I thought I would share how I do it when there is no beach handy!

It doesn’t take long, and the effects can last for a couple of days if you use a bit of dry shampoo.

I know there are loads of different ways to do this including just spritzing on some salt spray and going – which works brilliantly well for a couple of my friends – but not quite so well for me, so I use my hair straighteners (flat irons for my US readers).

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So, to start wash hair with your normal shampoo and conditioner then squeeze out the extra moisture/towel dry. I add a little bit of smoothing cream here that keeps the frizz at bay, helps my style last and protects my hair against heat damage. I’m currently using this KMS California Taming Creme and it has lasted me FOREVER as you only need a little pea sized amount.

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How to get beachy waves-5Rough blow dry your hair until it is fully dry. Alternatively, you can style your hair one day after washing as this can help to keep the curls in better.

Tie the top section of your hair up, leaving a section underneath to get started on.

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How to get beachy waves-8Section out an inch or so of your hair. The smaller the section of hair the tighter the curl will be so experiment to get the right amount for you and your hair.

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How to get beachy waves-9Then take your hair straighteners and with them pointing down towards the floor, grasp a section of hair in them and twist as you move down the section of hair.

I like to start an inch or two from the top, and stop an inch from the bottom to create a more natural look.

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I also like to alternate between twisting away from your face and towards my face as this creates body and stops it from being too uniform. I do the sections closest to my face away from the face as this tends to sit really nicely and frames the face well.

Once you have done that layer of hair, release another layer down and repeat the process. You don’t need to worry about it being too perfect, as we will mess it up a bit later.

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And keep going in this way until you have curled all of your hair.

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Once you have done all your hair, spritz on some salt spray or curl spray. This will help add some definition and help keep the style in place.

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Then run your fingers through the curls to loosen them and work the spray in. The look we are going for isn’t uniform and perfect, so don’t worry about making it look just so. Ruffle it up a bit!

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And there you have it, beachy waves, without a beach in site!

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The tools

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Hair straighteners – I use hair straighteners/flat irons to create this look as I find it much easier and quicker than using curling tongs. I’ve been testing out the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler for a couple of weeks and I must say they have convinced me that GHDs are not the only straighteners on the block! They are light so my arm doesn’t ache when holding them up, they heat up immediately and there is a temperature control so I can decide how much heat I want to apply to my hair. This is particularly useful as different people’s hair will take different heat to style it so it is good that you have control and don’t need to unnecessarily damage your hair. I also noticed that my hair glides through them really easily making it quick and easy to style, and I am sure that is better for my hair health too.

The only annoying thing (for people outside of the US) is they come with an American plug, but it only cost me a couple of pounds to buy an adapter and it susses out the change in voltage itself so it really wasn’t an issue at all for me.

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  1. Jo
    June 26, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Love this post! Very useful! Great look.

  2. July 18, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Great read. Nice hair and the tutorial is easy to follow. Thank you for showing how to make a beach wave using a flatiron. It’s really helpful.