How To Get Perfect Beach Waves Hair Styles


Get ready for the beach! Beach wave hairstyles, that is—the perfect blend of cool and relaxed texture! Here are six beach waves hair ideas—for every length and texture—plus the step-by-steps to get each look!

Flat Iron Beach Waves

Hair Color Credit: @haileymahonehair

Today’s top beach wave hairstyle trend is loose and lazy, and your flat iron is a great tool to use to get this trendy hair shape.

Get the look:

  1. Mist dry hair with a sea salt hairspray.

  2. Divide your hair into vertical sections, top to ends. If your hair is fine, you can get away with as few as two sections. If it’s thick, you may have to increase the number of sections to four or six.

  3. Split each section in half and twist the halves around each other.

  4. Place your flat iron at the top of the twist, press and hold until the hair is heated through.

  5. Move the iron down to just beneath where it was, press and hold once more.

  6. Continue pressing the hair with the iron along the entire length of the section to the ends and repeat on all the other sections.

  7. Let your hair cool completely, then carefully unfurl the twists and rake through with your fingers to blend the waves.

Pixie Cut Beach Waves


Who says girls with short haircuts can’t rock beach waves? If you have enough length on top, you can definitely create a beachy wave hairstyle. The key to cool beachy waves on a pixie cut is to avoid creating waves or curls that look too “done.” Be sure to stay away from uniform curls or precise sections—keep it casual!

Get the look:

  1. Mist hair with heat protection spray.

  2. Separate the longer top section from the shorter sides and back.

  3. Pat the shorter sections with a bit of hair styling wax for control.

  4. Divide the top into horizontal sections.

  5. Beginning in the back, wrap subsections around a 1-inch curling cone, concentrating on the center of the hair and omitting the ends.

  6. Alternate the direction of each curl. Release each curl and allow it to cool.

  7. As you reach the front, direct all curls away from the face.

  8. Once all the hair is curled and cool, comb through the top with your fingers to blend.

Blunt Beach Waves


If your hair is straight with blunt ends, avoid creating waves that are too uniform. The most natural-looking strategy is to go for easy, rumpled, irregular waves.

Get the look:

  1. Apply an air-dry cream to control frizz and allow your hair to dry naturally.

  2. Wrap a 2-inch section of hair around a closed, medium-sized curling iron barrel.

  3. Work around the head, varying the sizes of the sections of hair.

  4. Allow all your hair to cool completely.

  5. Finger-comb and mist with texturizing spray.

Polished Beach Waves


Hair Color Credit: @cristen_smith

Sometimes beach waves need to get dressed up to go to a party! For a more formal beach waves hair style, create uniform waves that extend from the cheekbones to the tips of your hair, and be sure to eradicate all traces of frizz!

Get the look:

  1. Mist damp hair with a leave-in conditioner, followed by a styling cream.

  2. As your hair dries, squeeze the ends to encourage your own natural curl formation.

  3. Once hair is dry, wind horizontal sections around a curling iron. Use a smaller iron on bottom sections and switch to a larger iron on the top sections. Curl all sections from roots to ends.

  4. After creating each curl, remove the iron, leaving the curl intact, and clip it to your head with a metal clip.

  5. Set all your hair and wait until it’s completely cool.

  6. Release the clips and comb through with a wide-tooth comb.

  7. Finish with weightless hairspray.

Beachy Waves For Medium Length Haircuts


Hair Color Credit: @nikki_inreallife

Bobs and lobs are the “it” midlength haircuts these days, and they look even more special with beachy wave texture!

Get the look:

  1. Apply heat protection spray to dry hair and comb through for even distribution.

  2. Part your hair horizontally from ear to hear and clip away the top.

  3. Divide the bottom into one-inch vertical sections.

  4. Place a flat iron at the base of each section and pass through the hair once to smooth strand.

  5. Then place the flat iron back into the section at the base and wrap the hair around the plates of the iron.

  6. Alternate directions—curl some sections towards the face and some away. (All front sections should be curled away from the face.)

  7. Release the top section, divide it in half, clip away the top and repeat on the middle section.

  8. Release the top and divide it in half, front and back. Clip away the front and curl the back in one-inch sections.

  9. Release the front and curl one-inch sections, directing all curls away from the face.

  10. When your hair is completely cool, separate the waves with your fingers.

  11. Mist with texturizing spray.

Beach Waves For Curly Hair


Hair Color Credit: @curtiscolorshair

To create beach waves on naturally curly hair, the first step is the relax the tight curl formation.

Get the look:

  1. Apply an anti-frizz serum or cream to damp hair and blow dry with a large round brush to stretch the curl.

  2. Divide dry hair into 2- to 3-inch vertical sections.

  3. Hold a 1-inch curling iron or clipless curling rod diagonally downward, and wrap each section up and over the rod, away from your face, roots to ends.

  4. Hold the section for 10 to 15 seconds, then release and cup the curl in your hands before allowing it to drop.

  5. Continue curling both sides in this manner.

  6. Mist the lengths with a soft-hold hair spray.

  7. Rake through the curls with your fingers to blend the waves.