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5 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves

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5 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves 5 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves 5 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves

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, it’s 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. Here are 5 different ways to get this beauty look:


A wave spray is a great heat free option for obtaining effortless beach waves.

STEP 1: Dampen your hair

Start with towel-dried hair. Not due for a shower quite yet? Use wet fingers or a spray bottle to dampen your hair.

STEP 2: Apply a wave spray

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 to create the timeless hairstyle.

STEP 1: Apply a heat protectant

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.

STEP 2: Curl away

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.

STEP 3: Mess it up

Use your hands to shake your hair and loosen up your curls for a messy, wavy look.

STEP 4: Apply a hair spray

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 hair straightener can also be used to create beach waves.

STEP 1: Grab your heat protectant

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.

STEP 2: Curl your hair

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 tip: Need more detailed instructions? Here’s How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron.

STEP 3: Finish with a hair spray

Complete your beach waves by applying a hair spray.


Overnight braids are an easy way to add waves to your hair.

STEP 1: Braid your hair

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.

STEP 2: Get some rest

This part’s easy: Go to sleep so your hair can dry and form into waves overnight!

STEP 3: Reveal your waves

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 a quick and easy option that allows you to take advantage of your natural texture.

STEP 1: Apply a texturizer

Work a texturizing pomade or paste through your hair to turn your natural waves into a messy, piece-y style that's straight from the beach. That’s it!

Sticking with the theme of beauty looks that appear to have been achieved at the beach, next, find out How to Use Self-Tanner for a Summer Glow.