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Carefree, natural, and fun, beach waves are a hairstyle we love whether we’re beach bound or not! In addition to being suitable for any location, this low maintenance hairstyle is worth trying regardless of whether you have short hair or long hair. Basically, beachy waves are the perfect hairstyle for anyone, anywhere—and there are a multitude of ways to get the look, in case you don’t have time for a quick dip in the ocean. Ready to find out how to get beach waves all the best ways? Here are eight different methods for getting a beach wave hairstyle, from using a beach wave spray to getting a beach wave perm, that will leave you with the ultimate summer beauty look.
Our best beach wave spray is a great heat-free option for obtaining an effortless beach wave hairstyle.
Start with towel-dried hair. Not due for a shower quite yet? Use wet fingers or a spray bottle to dampen your hair.
Use a wave spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to enhance your hair’s natural shape and texture. Scrunch your hair after applying and let it dry so you’re left with beachy waves!
You can bring out the beach vibes by using your curling iron or wand to create this timeless hairstyle.
While your curling iron is heating up, use that time to protect your strands from potential heat damage by applying a heat protectant. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse will give your hair long-lasting body and volume while prepping your hair to be curled.
To get this look, you want to use a large barrel curling iron to curl larger chunks of your hair. This will create large waves rather than tight curls—which aren’t exactly beachy.
Use your hands to shake your hair and loosen up your curls for a messy, wavy look.
Finish the look by applying your favorite hair spray to keep your beach waves lasting all day. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist will tease your roots, build volume, and add texture to the style.
Believe it or not, your flat iron can also be used to create beach waves. Bonus: Using a hair straightener is one of our favorite ways to do beach waves for short hair!
Remember what we said about using a heat protectant earlier? You should do the same thing when you’re working with a hair straightener—or any heat tool for that matter.
Use your straightener to create curls. Grab a section of hair and start with your straightener towards the root of your hair. After clamping the straightener down, twist it so that it is at a vertical angle and your hair is wrapped around it. Continue to twist the straightener as you move down the section of hair.
Editor’s note: Need more detailed instructions? Here’s How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron.
Complete your beach waves by applying a hair spray.
It’s doesn’t get much easier than overnight beach waves! Plait your hair before bed and, boom, you have a beach wave style.
A self-explanatory step, you’ll need to braid your damp hair before hitting the hay. Put your hair into large braids so you’ll be left with loose waves.
This part’s easy: Go to sleep so your hair can dry and form into waves overnight!
Take out your braids in the AM and you’ll be left with beautiful, wavy hair. Use your fingers to loosen the waves and leave you with a messy, carefree beach wave hairstyle.
If you have naturally wavy hair, using a hair texturizing product is another quick and easy option that allows you to take advantage of your natural texture to create no heat beach waves.
Work a texturizing pomade or paste—like the L’Oréal Paris Overworked Hair Putty—through your hair to turn your natural waves into a messy, piece-y style that's straight from the beach. That’s it!
We don’t want none unless you’ve got buns! Overnight buns are another hairstyle you may have been sleeping on (though not in the way you should be) when it comes to getting beach waves.
Depending on the thickness of your hair and how tight you want your beach waves to be, split your hair into two to four equally-sized sections. Twist each section, then wrap it into a bun. Attach with plenty of bobby pins to keep your buns in place throughout the night!
Get some shut-eye and allow your buns to dry and form waves overnight.
In the morning, take out your buns and comb through your hair with your fingers for effortless beachy waves!
A sea salt spray is one of the most popular ways to get impromptu beach waves sans beach, as it quite literally mimics what the salt water from the beach does to your hair. Sign us up!
Spritz your sea salt spray throughout your mane and scrunch to amp up the texture. That’s it—say hello to gorgeous beach waves!
If you don’t want your beach waves to be a thing of the past after your next shower, there’s one option that’s more long-lasting: a beach wave perm. Instead of tight curls, à la the traditional perm, this hair treatment leaves you with perfect beach waves. We won’t get into a step-by-step breakdown of how to do a beach wave perm since it’s something you’ll want to visit a professional for, but know it’s an option to consider! For more information on perms in general, here’s Everything You Need to Know About Hair Perming.
Sticking with the theme of beauty looks that appear to have been achieved at the beach, next, learn 10 Self-Tanner Hacks to Help You Get a Golden Glow.