How to Get Beachy Waves Without Going to the BeachJuly 10, 2020
Few looks scream summer like tousled, wind-swept and sea salt-spritzed beachy waves. Luckily, you don’t actually have to go to the beach to get the effortless look. Whether your summer beach getaway has been postponed due to COVID-19 or your hair usually resembles more of a sea monster than a mermaid after a day in the sun and the sand (that would be us), read on to learn how you can create a natural post-beach hair look with tips from Sunnie Brook, celebrity hairstylist and Biolage brand ambassador.
If you don’t have naturally wavy hair — or if you do but want more definition and consistency — Brook recommends creating them using a ¾-inch curling iron (we like the Hot Tools 3/4'' - 1 1/4'' Tapered Curling Iron to create loose waves). “One of my favorite tricks is to wave your hair and then when you’re finished, apply a texturizing spray,” she says. “This gives your waves a more relaxed beach texture.”
Brook suggests curling in ½-inch sections and alternating the direction of the waves as you go for a more natural look. Always wave your face-framing sections away from the face.
Set and Separate the Waves
“Let the waves cool,” says Brook. “Then take a wide-tooth comb and brush out and separate the waves.”
Apply a texturizing spray in sections. Brook is a fan of the Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray. For a drugstore option, try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray or the Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Wave-Enhancing Spray.
Blow dry each section as you scrunch the product in — yes, even though your hair isn’t wet. “This will bring out even more texture and give your waves a look as if you had just been sitting by the sea,” says Brook.