How to Get Beachy Waves

Last week on the blog I started a new series called How to Get Beachy Hair. If you happened to catch it, I shared with you my favorite Beach Sprays that help you get cool, surfer girl hair. (Click here if you missed it!)

So now that you have your sea salt spray, what do you do with it? If not used right, you can end up with crunchy, gritty hair that’s more grungy than beachy.

This week I’m continuing the series to give you my best tips to get the most of your beach spray and have the most fabulous beachy hair you can get. And to get some inspiration for your new style, I created a pinterest board of my favorite beachy waves. You can check it out here: Beachy Waves Inspiration Board.

To be perfectly honest, most of these styles if not all of them have been created with a curling iron. But I want to share with you tips on how to get beachy hair without use of the iron, as well as how to use the iron for waves.

1. Use your beach spray to give texture and volume, and hold to your hair. If you’re looking for some great texture, volume or hold for fine hair, a beach spray can be great for this. When you get out of the shower, give your hair a light mist over from roots to tips. Sometimes it takes some experimenting to find the right amount, but it’s probably less than you think. Blow dry your hair as usual and then style. Your hair will hold onto styles longer and feel bigger than normal.

2. For air dried beachy waves, brush your hair free of tangles before you wash it. Wash your hair and towel dry it to remove the dripping water from it. Spray your hair with your surf spray from root to tips, lifting hair up so you can reach the underneath sections. Use your hands to scrunch your hair up to help create waves as you are spraying it. A light mist will be enough to coat your hair and add great texture to it. Then let it air dry.

3. To add waves to dry hair that is naturally wavy, lightly mist your hair all over with the beach spray. Scrunch up with your fingers and hold for a few seconds to enhance your waves. Let your hair dry, and then you can pull waves apart a bit to make them piecey. Add a little flexible hold hairspray to keep in place and control frizz.

4. To add waves to dry hair that is straight, use your beach spray to lightly mist your hair all over. Separate your hair into 3-4 sections: one on each side of your head and 1-2 in the back, depending on how much hair you have. Loosely braid each section to about 1-2 inches from the bottom. Let it air dry, or use your hair dryer on low to dry your hair. Once your hair is dry, loosen your braids and shake your hair out. You can finish with a flexible hold hair spray to hold the waves in place and control frizz.

5. To add more polish to your waves, add the curling iron in. You can use the iron to enhance your natural waves you created with the tips above, or use the iron to create all your waves. Take a 1 inch or larger sized curling iron or wand. Take a section of your hair that is about the size of your iron and wrap it around the iron, leaving the ends out. Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release. Pull the ends of the hair down and hold for 5 seconds to relax the wave. Then take another section and wrap it in the opposite direction you did the first. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release, pulling on the ends again. If you’re only going to do a few pieces to keep your hair more natural, choose pieces that are randomly spread out or more on the straight side. Once you’ve finished with the iron, let your hair completely cool. Use your fingers to tousle your hair for volume and to separate the waves. Then spray with a flexible hold hairspray to hold your style and control frizzies.

Beachy waves can be as simple as using the sea salt spray to give your hair a natural wave to spending more time and effort on it for a more deliberate wave. Both are beautiful, and it’s up to you to find your perfect beachy style.

I’d love to hear from you now! What beach hair tips are you going to try tonight? Or what tips have you found gives you the most surf-tastic summer hair? Leave me a comment below!

xo,
Melissa