21 Perfect Beach Waves For 2019

Your definitive guide to all things beach waves.

Beach waves are textured, tousled, loose curls (similar to when you’ve been at the beach, hence the name).

Although popular for summer, it’s a timeless and gorgeous trend with celebrity fans such as Gigi Hadid and Margot Robbie.

Get inspired with the best beach wave inspiration, learn how to create the best beach waves with and without heat (not matter your hair length) and discover styling tips from the experts.

Best Beach Waves: Hairstyle Inspiration

No matter your hair type of length, there’s a lot of stunning beachy waves looks you can try. Scroll down to see our top picks for 2019.

Beach waves on long hair

woman with long brown hair with blonde highlights styled into beach waves
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When you’ve got all that lovely length, why not show it off with an effortless beachy hairstyle like this one? Credit: @hobbschelsey_hairstylist

Beach waves on medium hair

woman with medium length brown hair styled into beach waves
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The best thing about beach waves? They look gorgeous on all hair lengths including medium hair. Credit: @ashleapenfold

Beach waves short hair no heat

woman with ash brown short hair styled into heatless beach waves
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If you want a heatless way to make your short hair look holiday-ready, just plait your hair and leave them in overnight to wake up with cute waves. Credit: @insidershair

Editor’s tip: Say aloha to summer with the TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray. This moisturising mist will complete your beachy look and help protect your hair against sun rays.

Beach waves no heat

woman with long dark brown hair styed into heatless beach waves
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There’s more than one heatless method you can follow to get lush waves, see our favourites in our tutorial section. Credit: @insidershair

Beach waves black hair

black woman with black beach waves
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Whether it’s a beach-inspired weave, wig or wavy braids, there’s no denying how amazing this style looks on black hair. Credit: @rebeccarih

Beach waves on blonde hair

woman with long blonde hair styled into beach waves
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Blonde hair and beach waves are a classic combination that never fails to impress. Credit: @chrisweberhair

Kylie Jenner beach waves

Kylie Jenner with long, dark bown glamorous beach waves
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For a glam take on this popular beach hairstyle, just look to Kylie Jenner for inspiration. Credit: @kyliejenner

Big beach waves hair

woman with long dark brown hair styled into big beach waves
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The bigger the wave, the more dazzling the style! This look will work a treat for any formal occasions. Credit: @negin_mirsalehi

Blunt cut beach waves

woman with shoulder length blonde blunt cut styled into beach waves
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To make a blunt cut look less severe, give it some cool beachy texture like this. Credit: @anhcotran

Jennifer Aniston beach waves

Jennifer Aniston with tousled beachy bronde wavy hair
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If the Rachel haircut isn’t your cup of tea, you’re certainly going to fall in love with these tousled waves. Credit: @jennifer_aniston_the_official

Kim Kardashian beach waves

Kim Kardashian West on the red carpet with long, dark brown wet look messy beach waves
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We’re getting major mermaid vibes from Kim Kardashian’s wet-look beach hairstyle. Credit: @kimkardashian

Editor’s tip: To get that wet-look effect, spray some VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray over your hair and scalp, and use your fingers to rake it through your mane, directing it to one side to create a side-swept finish.

Messy beach waves

woman with dark brown medium hair
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If you have a cut with a lot of layers, this messy style is super easy to achieve. Credit: @brittsully

Sandy beach waves

Rosie Huntington Whitley with sandy coloured blonde hair styled into subtle beach waves
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Nothing says summer hair quite like these sandy textured waves. Credit: @rosiehw

Sexy beach waves

woman with long dark brown hair with blonde highlights styled into sexy beach waves
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A hot date or a girl’s night is the perfect opportunity to take your look up a notch — so, make sure to copy this sexy wavy hairstyle. Credit: @sofiajamora

Thin hair beach waves

woman with long, golden blonde fine hair styled into beach waves
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By styling your thin hair like this, you can create the illusion of fullness. Credit: @remijaynecox

Beach waves bob

woman with bleach blonde beach waved bob
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This beauty’s hairstyles show us how chic a little bit of texture looks with a bob haircut. Credit: @laurajadestone

Beach waves on relaxed hair

woman with long dark brown relaxed hair styled into beachy waves
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Proof that beachy waves are 100% doable on relaxed tresses. Credit: @mskwshops

Beach waves on shoulder-length hair

woman with brown to light brown ombre shoulder length wavy beach hair
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A few tousled waves are all you need to revive shoulder-length hair. Credit: @salsalhair

Beach waves wedding hair

woman wearing a wedding dress with bronde long messy beach waves hair
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Did you know that charming style also works especially well for beach or summer weddings? Credit: @hannahalenaphoto

Brown beach waves

woman with long brown beach waves
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Anyone else screenshot this picture? From the glossy brunette hue to those sultry textured waves, this ‘do is the definition of #hairgoals. Credit: @brittsully

Caroline Flack beach waves

Caroline Flack with long caramel hair styled into beach waves
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If anyone is going to convince you to give Love Island-worthy waves a chance, it’s our current girl crush, Caroline Flack.

8 Ways To Get Perfect Beach Waves 

Dreaming of the kind of beachy waves worn by Chrissy Teigen and Blake Lively but don’t have any holidays planned this year? With at-home how-tos for all hair lengths and styling options with and without heat, see how you can create beautiful beach waves with our tutorials, below.

How to get beach waves overnight

Step 1. Apply the TRESemmé Botanique Air Dry Curl Cream.

Step 2. Create small sections and braid all of your hair.

Step 3. Gather your hair into a bun and wrap it in a silk scarf overnight.

Step 4. Remove the scarf and undo your braids and gently finger comb hair.

Step 5. Finish with VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

How to get beach waves without heat

Woman with long brown wavy hair
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Step 1. Brush hair to remove any tangles and apply a small amount of the TRESemmé Botanique Air Dry Curl Cream to your mid-lengths and ends.

Step 2. Section hair, leaving a small 2-inch section.

Step 3. Wrap your small section around two fingers, rolling the hair up, and secure using a hair pin.

Step 4. Repeat this process, working in small sections, until all your hair has been pinned.

Step 5. After a few hours, or ideally overnight, release your pins.

Step 6. Finger comb your hair to loosen your curls.

How to get beach waves with sea salt spray 

Emily Ratajkowski with shoulder length brunette beachy waves
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Step 1. Apply TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to damp hair.  

Step 2. Use your hands to scrunch your hair from the ends towards the roots to add texture and enhance waves. 

Step 3. Take small pieces of hair and twist them around your finger for more definition. 

Step 4. Use a hairdryer to blow dry your hair and inject more volume.  

How to get beach waves short hair without heat 

Brie Larson with a wavy blonde lob
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Step 1. Spray your hair with some water so that it’s a little damp. 

Step 2. Divide your hair into two and French braid each side. The tighter the braid, the more defined your waves will be. 

Step 3. Allow to dry and then unravel the braids. 

Step 4. Gently finger comb to separate your waves and finish with hairspray. 

Beach waves for short hair with a flat iron 

Step 1. Apply VO5 Heat Protect Spray and section hair.

Step 2. Take a section of hair and rotate the straightener away from your face as you pull it down the lengths.

Step 3.  Repeat on each section until all of your hair is curly.

Step 4. Finish with hairspray.

How to get beach waves hair with a straightener 

Step 1. Apply VO5 Express Primer Spray to damp hair and blow dry.

Step 2. Clip the top half of your hair up.

Step 3. Take a small section of hair and spray it with the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray.

Step 4. Run your flat iron through, twisting as you go.

Step 5. Roll the curl up from the bottom, pin in place and set with hairspray.

Step 6. Repeat until you’ve curled all your hair.

Step 7. Once cooled, release your curls and gently brush through.

Step 8. Finish with hairspray.

How to make beach waves with a curling wand

Woman with long wavy blonde hair
Credit: All Things Hair

Step 1. Spray damp hair with heat protect spray.

Step 2. Blow dry your hair.

Step 3. Spritz your hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

Step 4. Wrap your hair around a curling wand, away from your face, and hold for a few seconds before releasing.

Step 5. Repeat this process on all of your hair.

Step 6. Finger comb your hair when cool.

Step 7. Add a final spritz of hairspray to finish your look.

5 Expert Tips For Beach Waves


Prep hair with mousse

By prepping your hair with mousse, your strands will not only have more grip, meaning your waves will last longer, it’ll also help to give you that desired lived-in finish.

We love the VO5 Big Volume Mousse for creating bouncy Victoria’s Secret waves.

 Curl your hair the night before

The key to beach waves is not looking like you’ve tried. So try curling your hair at night and wake up to tousled bedhead beach waves?

Heat-free curls

Alternatively, twist freshly washed damp hair into buns before bed and in the morning unroll your hair to reveal natural heat-free waves.

Add texture

Add movement and texture to your beach waves with the help of a texturising spray.

Spray VO5 Dry Texturising Spray on your hair from root to tip and use your fingers to ruffle your hair to avoid a uniform wave pattern.

Use sea salt spray

Essentially a beach in a bottle, a sea salt spray helps you fake your way to beach waves, even on the straightest of strands.

Use sea salt spray on the lengths of damp or dry hair to instantly transform limp locks into rough textures tousled waves.


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