3 easy ways to create beach waves
While in theory beach waves should be simple and easy to achieve, in reality the casual style can be one of the hardest to create if you lack the know-how. But with a few tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be making beach waves your signature hair style this summer.
Elle Ferguson is the Queen of beach waves
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When a few spritzes of salt spray just ain’t cutting it, here’s three easy ways to achieve beach waves in little to no time – without going anywhere near the ocean.
Using a flat iron
Curling your hair with a straightener takes practice, but when you get the hang of it you’ll be rewarded with more haphazard and casual looking curls.
First things first, use a hair protectant so you don’t damage your precious strands. Starting at your mid-lengths, clamp the iron closed and turn it back on itself in a half turn. Run the iron down the hair until you reach the end of the hair section. Make sure to use a combination of large and small sections of hair to prevent things looking over styled – and leave the ends straight for a more natural look. Finish with a volume or texture spray and then break the curls up using your fingers (not a brush!)
Using a curling tool
While large barrel curling irons are synonymous with beautiful bombshell waves, it turns out using a smaller barrel can actually make the whole process of curling your hair a whole lot quicker – making beachy waves what they should be – effortless!
Case in point: YouTube guru Luxy Hair uses a small barrel curling iron with larger sections of hair – rather than small sections which would create tight curls – to achieve her easy waves in 5 minutes.
If you just can’t get the hang of curling with a flat iron, why not try this method which will have you out and about with beautiful hair in no time. Just use a light, non-sticky hairspray to finish for hold and texture.
bh loves: VS Sassoon Ceramic Curler 19mm, $59.99; Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Tong, $99.99; Hair By Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Mist, $48; L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Very Volume Supreme Hold Hairspray, $12.99
Using no heat
This no-heat method takes a mere two minutes to achieve and is perfect for those who are time-poor in the morning.
Wash your hair and leave to air-dry, using a leave-in conditioner if your hair tends to frizz. While hair is still damp but not soaking wet, spritz with sea salt spray and then twist your strands into two buns either side of your head. Use hair ties and bobby pins to secure.
Candice Swanepoel uses this super simple technique to get her windswept waves, albeit without damp hair. After blow-drying her hair straight, the Victoria’s Secret model twists her hair into two buns and leaves while she does her makeup (as she demonstrates in this tutorial for Vogue).
bh loves: John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray, $19.90; Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $43; Mita Daily Basic Pins Contour Blonde Small 80s, $6.99, from Life Pharmacy
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