How to Create Beach Waves Without HeatApril 27, 2021
It doesn’t get more summery than tousled, beachy waves. While you may not have made it to the beach yet — or live too far for a trip — you can get that natural post-beach look at home, all without heat styling. To find out how, we consulted with celebrity hairstylist Joseph Maine. Read on for two ways to do it.
Try the Braid Method
An easy way to get loose, natural-looking waves is by braiding your hair. “Hair that is really thick and silky will likely do best with a braid method,” says Maine. It will give you an elongated wave that won’t create too much volume.”
Any type of braid will work for this, though the results can vary slightly. A low three-strand braid will give you soft body waves, while a French or Dutch braid will give you more waves and volume at the crown.
For best results, create the braid on dry hair before bed and take it out in the morning. Comb through strands with your fingers to loosen the waves and then add a product like the Garnier Fructis Beach Chic Texturizing Spray for additional texture.
Try the Twisted Bun Method
Another way to achieve waves without heat is by creating a low twisted bun and leaving it in for a few hours or overnight. Maine suggests this method for those with fine or color-processed hair.
To avoid frizz or a dented look, create the bun on dry hair. If you have thick hair, you can create two to four buns around your head, depending on what results you’re going for. After removing the bun(s), spritz your hair with the Carol’s Daughter Coco Creme Curl Perfecting Mist Spray for soft hold.