I feel like beach waves are a coveted and timeless look. It’s natural and effortless even when it actually not. At all. My hair is naturally wavy which I love, but I feel way more put together when I actually do my hair to be curly/wavy. That makes no sense. Anyways. This post is going to be an unfortunate series of bathroom mirror selfies and for that, I apologize. But I truly hope you get something out of this, if beach waves are something you want even when you’re NOT at the beach.
What you need:
- A Brush
- A Curling Wand
- Dry Shampoo
- Flat iron
First brush out your hair and use whatever hair protection you want since we’ll be using hot tools. I’m using none because… I hate that stuff. Honestly. It makes my hair greasy. I don’t like it. I’m sure there’s probably something out there that won’t make my hair feel oily, I just don’t care enough to find it. If you use one you love, let me know!
Then separate your hair. You can really do this however you want. The whole point of this hairstyle is that it’s messy and beachy, so I really don’t put a lot of effort into doing any of this well. I separate it in half: the top from the bottom. Usually because I can only find one hair clip. My hair is so thick, doing it in 4 parts would be so much easier, but…oh well.
Then I get to CURLIN’.
I use a Conair Curling Wand and it goes up to 400 degrees F. (find it at Ulta here for like $20) I have had this thing for .. only God knows how long. And it is still going strong. I use it all the time. It does come with a glove, but I lost mine. So. Yeah.
This wand is 1/2 in to 1 in. Which mean it starts off thicker and then it tapers down. No idea what the point of this is, but I like this size better for my hair length since my hair is on the shorter side. If your hair is longer, you could use a bigger one. I find using the smaller one works better though, because after pulling out the curls in the end, it looks very wavy and curly and messy and bouncy and I love it. I don’t get that as much with the thicker wands.
I only hold my hair on the iron for a few seconds at a time, up to about ten seconds if the piece I’m curling is a bit thicker. Not tryna come out lookin’ like the viral video girl who melted the hair off her head.
Since messy is our goal, I tend to curl pieces that vary in size, and I curl them both toward my face and away from my face – always leaving about an inch uncurled at the end.
Each time I finish a section, I brush my fingers through the curls to separate them and I spray a ton of dry shampoo. I live by this shit, I don’t know how I ever managed without it. I spray it at my rooms and JOOJE out the white. I know “no white residue” is like.. a selling point for this stuff, but I like the white. It lets me know it’s on there. LOL.
The dry shampoo works wonders on adding texture to your hair. When you leave the beach, your hair tends to feel a bit dry, which adds to the volume. Dry shampoo gives me the same effect. “beach hair” sprays don’t do the same thing for me. I’m not sure if it’s my particular hair texture but meh. I just don’t love them as much as I do dry shampoo.
Then I pull down the next section and separate it: the front from the back. Then I clip the front up. Curl it, dry shampoo it, and finger-brush it out.And then I pull down the front part and I BUTT PART IT UP. I like to do my hair this way because then through the day, I can flip it whatever way I want. I can’t be committed to just one part.
When all your hair is curled, I spray a little more dry shampoo, pull my fingers through it, mess it up a little, and I take my flat iron and make the ends look a little more straight (because sometimes I forget to leave an inch of hair out and it ends up way too curly.) Then I use it sort of like a hair crimper and I just go through and flatten out some “too perfect” looking curls.
Aaaaand I’m done!
What I love about doing my hair this way, is that it stays for DAYS. This may speak more of my hair texture than this process, but I can shower every night and not wash my hair and the curls/waves stay in tact all week! All I do is apply a little more dry shampoo each morning, give it a quick brush through, and I’m ready to go!
I may also go back through with a flat iron and neaten up my bangs and baby hairs, but it’s not totally necessary to do that.
I do my hair once a week, I’m saving on shampoo and conditioner, and truth be told, the longer I let my hair go after the initial curling, the more beachy and wavy it looks!