June 19, 2013

How to: Beach Waves

Original image via WeHeartIt

I know there are plenty of tutorials on the web about how to get beach waves but for the ladies with pin straight hair like myself I thought I'd share my technique. I love beach waves because if you don't wash your hair every day (like me) this is a great way to keep your hair looking good and not greasy. It's a lot of work to create the waves but overall it's not difficult to maintain. Hint: it's all about not brushing your hair.

Step 1: After washing your hair and it's still wet spray a sea salt spray into hair while your scrunch it. I do this all over from scalp to ends. I love Salma Hayek's Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, which is just $12.99 and smells wonderful.
Step 2: Once your hair air dries a bit (but the ends are still wet) then twist your hair into a bun. If you have bangs then I twist those separately and pin back.

Step 3: In the morning, your hair will look like this. If you want to add some more texture or "mess it up" a bit then you can add a dry shampoo to your roots or I like Oscar Blandi's Texture & Volume Spray. I spray that whenever I feel like my beach waves need a little pick me up. So if you're lucky then your hair will look like this after all that work:

To maintain: As I mentioned, I don't brush my hair as long as I want to keep the waves. Perhaps some finger brushing. Use a dry shampoo or texture spray to keep the waves fresh. And at night, I continue to twist my hair into a bun because sometimes sleeping with it down makes it flat again.

What tips or tricks do you use to get beach waves?


  1. Ooooh pretty! I keep reading about sea salt spray - I guess I should really just pick some up already.

  2. Love it. My hair dresser also taught me:
    After washing your hair..comb it and then towel dry it for a little. then once damp don't comb it again. Take a mousse srunch your hair. Then twist your hair around your fingers (do it in four sections) and blow dry each twist. If you have thick hair and it won't dry fast leave it in the spiral. Once dry your hair will have texture. Works well with mid-length hair. Which is what I have been doing.


  3. I love sea salt spray. My hair is naturally curly anyway and it just makes it perfect!

  4. Great tips. No idea why, but I always struggle with beachy waves, but you've made it so simple, so I definitely need to try.

  5. Ahhh so much work! Probably about the same as straightening it for me... which is why I hardly ever straighten my hair any more!

  6. I'd totally want to rock this but I look horrible in curls. Hehe.

    xo Jo



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