14 Perfect Ways To Get Beachy Waves Every Time

Tips and tricks to flaunt this effortlessly beautiful hairstyle with confidence

By Anjali Sayee

Your hair in stunning beach waves, the sun kissing your skin, as you sit by the ocean – sounds perfect, right?

Serena Van Der Woodsen, played by the gorgeous Blake Lively, had us envious of her flawless loose and flowy wavy hair. What you need for your hair is a beachy waves tutorial! No matter your hair color, these waves are sure to add oomph to your look. Learn how to style your tresses in those naturally loose but very chic waves. Desperate to know more? Keep scrolling down!

How To Get Beachy Waves – 14 Easy Tutorials

Before we get into the tutorials, you need to make sure that you have a big can of hairspray on hand. Hairspray sets the waves in place for a longer period. You don’t always need to use heat to get flawlessly wavy hair, so I’ve added a few heatless methods as well.

1. Beach Waves With A Curling Iron

What You Need
  • 1 1/4th inch curling iron
  • Heat protectant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Sectioning clips
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Leave your hair unwashed for two days.
  2. Spray on some heat protectant to protect your hair from heat damage. If your scalp tends to get oily, apply some dry shampoo.
  3. Divide your hair into two sections: a top section and a bottom section. Clip up the top section of hair.
  4. With your curling wand, begin curling your hair from the back. Roll your hair around the wand in big sections to get loose waves.
  5. Point the curling iron diagonally down, with the barrel pointing down. This makes rolling your hair around it easier.
  6. You can either roll your hair towards or away from your face. But, once you get to the hair closest to your face, always roll the hair away from it.
  7. Scrunch the curls towards your scalp and release them. Then, twist them in the same direction to amplify the twists.
  8. Apply some hairspray
  9. and mess up your hair to give it a loose, wavy look. If your hair lies flat on the top, backcomb it gently to add volume and height.

2. Beach Waves With A Flat Iron

What You Need
  • Flat iron
  • Morrocan oil
  • Volumizing dry shampoo
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Start off by applying some dry shampoo to your locks. The dry shampoo adds texture and volume to your hair, so it doesn’t lay flat from the heat.
  2. Apply one pump of Moroccan oil from the middle to the ends of your hair.
  3. If you have long or thick hair, divide your hair horizontally into two sections. Clip up the top section.
  4. If you have thin hair, you don’t need to divide your hair into sections.
  5. Grab a small section of hair and wrap it within the iron’s barrel from a little below the roots. Clamp the iron, twist it a little, hold it for a second, and then slowly slide the iron down the section.
  6. Curl all your hair in the same manner.
  7. Apply some more oil to your curls while messing them up to form waves.

3. Beach Waves With Hot Rollers

What You Need
  • A pack of hot rollers
  • Hair clips (though some hot rollers do come with hair clips)
How To Do
  1. Some packs come with different sizes of rollers. Use the big ones at the front of your head. Use the smaller sizes for where you want defined waves.
  2. Section off the hair at the top of your head. Grab hair from the front of this section and wrap it around a roller. Then, clip it in place. Repeat the same for the remainder of the hair in that section.
  3. Once you’re finished with the top section of hair, gather a small section of hair from the side and wrap it around a roller. Repeat the same for the rest of your hair.
  4. Keep the rollers on for 25-30 minutes. Remove them carefully to avoid disrupting the wave.
  5. Brush out your hair to make the waves look more natural. You can also run your fingers through the waves to feather them out.

4. Beach Waves With Mini Buns

What You Need
  • Mousse
  • Spin pins or elastic bands
  • Bobby pins
How To Do
  1. Wash your hair and apply some mousse to it.
  2. Blow dry your hair, so it’s damp but not completely dry. If you want to do this the heatless way, let your hair air-dry.
  3. Divide your hair in half by parting it down the middle from the front until the nape of your neck. Clip up one section.
  4. Grab all the hair from the other section and twist it away from your face. As you keep twisting the hair, it will coil up into a bun. Secure this bun with a spin pin or an elastic band.
  5. Wrap the other section in a bun in the same manner.
  6. Keep your hair in these two mini buns overnight.
  7. The next morning, remove the elastic band or spin pins very carefully. Don’t pull them out too fast as it can tangle your hair.
  8. Run your fingers through your hair to open up the waves and mess them up.
  9. You can also do final touch-ups with a curling iron if needed.

5. Beach Waves With A Twist

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Flat iron
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Spritz on some texture spray on your hair.
  2. Part your hair from the front down the middle till the nape of your neck to divide it into two sections.
  3. Gather the hair from one section and divide it into two sub-sections.
  4. Twist each sub-section individually in a clockwise manner, then twist them around each other. Keep doing this until you reach the end.
  5. Take your flat iron and clamp it over the twist for a few seconds. Make sure you cover the entire length of the twist.
  6. Repeat the same on the other side.
  7. Scrunch up your hair from the ends, all the way to the top.
  8. Finish off with some hairspray.

6. Beach Waves With A PonyTail

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Tie up your hair in a high ponytail.
  2. Grab a small section of hair from the ponytail and curl it with a curling iron. Pass it over to the other side of the ponytail.
  3. Repeat this until you have curved all the hair in your ponytail.
  4. Untie the ponytail. Flip your hair back and forth a couple of times to give it a messy look.
  5. Spritz on some hairspray.

7. Beach Waves With Braids

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Brush
  • Mousse
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Bend forward and flip your hair over. Begin weaving a regular three-strand braid near the crown.
  3. Weave the braid until an inch from the ends of your hair and secure it with an elastic band.
  4. Leave your hair in the braid overnight.
  5. Undo the braid gently the next morning.
  6. Apply some hair mousse to your locks to add volume and definition to your beachy waves.

8. Beach Waves With A Blow Dryer

What You Need
  • Round brush
  • Blowdryer
How To Do
  1. Grab a section of hair and roll it mid-way around your round brush.
  2. Set the blow dryer on a medium setting.
  3. Blow dry the section of hair while slowly working the round brush till the end.
  4. Repeat the process until you have styled all your hair in waves.
  5. Finish off with some hairspray.

9. Beach Waves With French Twist

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Wash your hair and let it air-dry until it is damp. You can also use a blow dryer.
  2. Part your hair the way you normally would. Part it all the way down till the nape of your neck. This creates two sections. Clip up one section.
  3. From the loose section, grab a small section of hair from near the parting. Divide it into two sub-sections.
  4. Twist both the sub-sections around each other once. Then, add hair to both the sections and twist again.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you reach the very end. Secure the twist with an elastic band.
  6. Repeat the same with the other section of hair.
  7. Wrap both the French twists around your head to form a full crown. Secure them to your head with bobby pins.
  8. Keep this hairdo on overnight to form the waves.
  9. Remove the pins and elastic bands the next morning and gently tousle your hair.
  10. Spritz on some hairspray to finish off the look.

10. Beach Waves With French Braids

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
  • Clips
How To Do
  1. Wash your hair and let it air-dry until it is damp.
  2. Divide your hair into two equal sections from the front to the back. Clip up one section of hair.
  3. Pick up some hair from near the parting, from the free section of hair. Divide it into three sections and weave a stitch of a braid.
  4. Add some more hair to the side sections and weave another stitch. Continue adding hair to the sides as you weave the braid.
  5. Braid your hair this way until you reach the nape of your neck and clip it to your head.
  6. Repeat the same process with the other section of hair.
  7. At the back hairline, merge the tails of both the braids and continue braiding them as one regular braid.
  8. Secure this braid with an elastic band and leave it on overnight.
  9. Undo the braid the next morning to reveal your wavy locks.

11. Beach Waves Without Heat

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Water spray
  • Pipe cleaners (you can find these in any craft store)
How To Do
  1. Start off by making some DIY foam curlers. All you need to do is gather a few pipe cleaners and twist them at the top and at the bottom. You will need enough foam curlers to cover all your hair, so buy the pipe cleaners accordingly.
  2. Divide your hair vertically into two sections. Pull each side in front of your shoulders.
  3. Take some hair from the back of one of the sections and spritz some water on it.
  4. Wrap your hair around a foam curler, starting a little away from the roots. This will give you more natural waves. Twist both ends of the foam curler together to lock your hair in.
  5. Repeat this process until all of your hair is wrapped around foam curlers. Keep them on for a few hours to make sure the waves set in.
  6. Remove the foam curlers gently and run your fingers through your hair to finish off the look.

12. Beach Waves With Single Dutch Braid

What You Need
  • Elastic band
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to remove all tangles and knots.
  2. Pick up a small section of hair from the front and start weaving it into a Dutch braid, making sure the middle section goes over the side sections.
  3. Keep adding hair to the sides as you weave the braid. Once you reach the nape of your neck, continue weaving a regular braid. Tie it with an elastic band to secure the ends.
  4. You can pancake the braid to create looser waves.
  5. Unravel the braid the next day to unveil your brilliantly tousled waves.

13. Beach Waves With A Simple Twist And Scrunch

What You Need
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Start off with damp hair. Spritz on some salt spray all over your locks to give them texture. Make sure to spray even on the underside of your hair.
  2. Twist small sections of hair and scrunch them till the roots. Keep doing this until you’ve twisted all your hair. This will give you some light waves.
  3. You can also spritz on some hairspray before and after you twist and scrunch your hair as it will help set the waves in for a longer time.

14. Beach Waves With A Twisted Crown

What You Need
  • Thick headband
  • Bobby pins
How To Do
  1. Start off with damp hair as this allows the waves to really set in.
  2. Put on the headband over your head as you would a crown.
  3. Divide your hair vertically in half (front to back) to create two equal sections. Clip up one section of hair.
  4. Take all the hair from the free section, twist it, and wrap it around the band. You’ll have to roll it through the headband a few times to make sure it is tight. Pin the ends within the headband.
  5. Repeat the same with the other section as well.
  6. Keep your hair up this way when you sleep. Remove the headband the next morning to get some incredible waves.

Beachy waves are the best way to get perfect looks. Many beachy waves tutorials can help you with getting perfect beachy waves. You can get beachy waves with a curling iron, flat iron, hot rollers, mini buns, twists, ponytail, braids, blow dryer, french twist, french braids, single dutch braid, and a simple twist and scrunch. Styling your hair in beachy waves is easy and offers a perfect look. So, choose the best way that suits you to get beachy waves.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get a perm that looks like beach waves?

Yes, a wavy perm may give you beach waves. It is a soft and modern form of the classic perm.

Key Takeaways

  • You can get stunning beach waves in the comfort of your home by simply using tools like a curling iron, a flat iron, or hot rollers.
  • You can also opt for heatless methods – like tying your hair in mini buns or braids – if you don’t want to apply heat to your hair.
  • A good-quality hairspray is a must to ensure that the waves last longer.
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