Asian woman with beach waves on long hair wearing a white top and standing against a white wall

Beach Waves Hair Tutorial: How to Create This Effortless Look

Create gorgeous beach waves for long hair in five easy steps!

Beach waves add texture, movement, and volume to your hair. They also give you an effortlessly chic look, jazzing up your hair when you leave it down. Beach waves are also versatile; summer or not, this hairstyle can help you elevate your everyday look.

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to create beach waves for long hair, you’re in for a treat! Check out our easy beach waves hair tutorial.

How to Create Beach Waves for Long Hair


Make your hair manageable.

To make sure your hair is easy to style, wash it with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep to nourish it from within. It also gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. These include making your hair smooth, soft, and shiny, calming frizz, detangling, strengthening, and providing heat protection. 

Beach waves: Asian woman with long black hair wearing a white blouse and denim shorts
Bottle of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo

Apply hair mousse.

This helps in adding volume to your hair and giving your waves definition. Put a dollop of mousse on your palms and apply it evenly to your damp hair.

Beach waves: Asian woman applying mousse to her long black hair against a champagne-colored background

Make waves!

Using a curling iron, create soft waves by clamping the hair at mid-lengths and twisting the iron outwards. Work on your hair section by section, repeating the process until you’ve finished curling all of your hair.

Beach waves: Asian woman curling her long black hair wearing a white blouse and denim shorts

Loosen your waves.

Finger-comb your waves to make them look relaxed. Run your fingers gently through each section of your hair so your waves won’t lose their shape. Be careful not to tug on your hair too much to minimize breakage.

Beach waves: Asian woman finger-combing her long black wavy hair wearing a white blouse and denim shorts


Give your waves a few spritzes of your favorite hairspray to help them last for hours. And that’s it! You’re ready to rock your gorgeous beach waves.

Asian woman with beach waves on her hair wearing a white off-shoulder top

Other Ways to Curl Your Hair

You can use other tools, aside from a curling iron or a curling wand, to create beach waves. Here they are.

1. Hair Straightener

Asian woman creating beach waves on her hair using a flat iron.
Got a flat iron? You can use it to curl your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Did you know you can curl your hair using a flat iron? To do this, get a small section of hair and clamp it near the tips with your flat iron. Hold your flat iron horizontally, then roll it upward—toward your face—until you reach the mid-lengths of your hair. Then, hold your flat iron vertically and release your hair.

Asian woman with shoulder-length beach waves wearing as white top and a pink skirt
Who would’ve thought that you made this hairstyle with a flat iron? Credit: Hariono Halim

Repeat the process for all sections of your hair. When you’re done curling your hair, finger-comb or gently brush your waves to loosen them and make them look relaxed.

2. Hair Rollers

Asian woman with hair in hair rollers while using a blow-dryer
Set your blow-dryer to its low or medium heat setting to minimize hair damage. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Hair rollers are tried-and-tested tools for curling your hair. They can be your BFFs when creating various hairstyles–from vintage, pin-up curls to casual beach waves! They’re also easy to use. Just divide your hair into small sections and wrap each of them around a roller. Then, secure each roller with an alligator clip.

Asian woman touching her long wavy hair
Use medium hair rollers to create loose, relaxed waves. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Set the shape of your curls by blow-drying your hair for a few minutes. Afterward, remove the rollers one by one, finger-comb your waves, and you’re done!

3. Sock Curls

Asian woman with damp hair wrapped around socks like rollers
No flat iron, no curling wand, no problem! Credit: Hariono Halim

If you’re iffy about using heat-styling tools on your hair, here’s a heatless hack you can try: sock curls! Your hair needs to be damp for this, so style your hair about 15 or 20 minutes after washing it. Prepare clean, unused socks as well.

To create sock curls, divide your damp hair into small sections. Take a clean sock and wrap a section of your hair around the sock. Start wrapping from the tips. Then, roll the sock upward, away from your face. Tie the socks into a basic knot. Do the same to all sections of your hair. Leave the socks on your hair for a couple of hours to set the curls.

Asian woman with long hair with beach waves standing beside a pink wall
Through this styling hack, you can create stylish waves without heat. Credit: Hariono Halim

Afterward, untie the socks one by one and remove them from your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smoothen and loosen your curls and ta-da! Say hello to heatless beach waves.

More Wavy Hairstyles to Try

1. Beach Waves for Short Hair

Asian woman with short wavy hair wearing a light blue dress
Beach waves add volume and a lot of oomph to your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Even if you have a bob or a lob, you can still sport beautiful beach waves. It’s also a clever hair hack to make your thin hair look thicker.

2. Polished Beach Waves

Polished Beach Waves
You can go for this hairstyle if you want waves to go with your corporate-chic outfit. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Make the shape of your waves look uniform by making sure the width of each section of hair you curl with your curling iron is consistent. When loosening the waves, use a small paddle brush and gently stroke each section instead of finger-combing your hair.

The result is a more polished version of beach waves you can wear to formal occasions.

3. Layered Waves

Haircuts for wavy hair: Asian woman with long black wavy hair wearing a white shirt against a pink background
Layers and waves make for a chic hair combo. Credit Shutterstock

Waves and layers make for a messy-chic look. It’s perfect for second-day hair or when you don’t have time to iron your hair straight.

The beach waves’ messy and less-defined curls make your hairstyle look effortlessly cool. It also adds texture to your hair, so try this ‘do to jazz up flat and limp hair. 

4. Long Wavy Hair With Bangs

Long wavy hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long brown wavy hair with bangs wearing a white long-sleeved to against a blue wall
See-through bangs and shallow waves make for a chic look. Credit: Shutterstock

Sport a dainty hairstyle with soft waves and bangs. It also gives your look a trendy, Korean-chic vibe that you can wear on any occasion.

5. Dark Waves With Brown Highlights

Asian woman with long beach waves wearing a pink sweater
Aside from helping your beach waves shine, highlights also add warmth to your face. Credit: Charles Parker from Pexels

Highlights add dimension to your hair, so they can help draw more attention to the shape of your beach waves. Even highlights that are a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color can already make a huge impact on your overall look.

There you have it! Now, you know how to create beach waves and you have these hairstyles to inspire you. Enjoy!

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