Beach waves are textured, tousled, loose curls (similar to when you’ve been at the beach, hence the name).
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
Beach waves on medium hair
Beach waves short hair no heat
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
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
Beach waves on blonde hair
Kylie Jenner beach waves
For a glam take on this popular beach hairstyle, just look to Kylie Jenner for inspiration. Credit: @kyliejenner
Big beach waves hair
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
Jennifer Aniston beach waves
Kim Kardashian beach waves
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
Sandy beach waves
Nothing says summer hair quite like these sandy textured waves. Credit: @rosiehw
Sexy beach waves
Thin hair beach waves
Beach waves bob
Beach waves on relaxed hair
Beach waves on shoulder-length hair
Beach waves wedding hair
Brown beach waves
Caroline Flack beach waves
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
Alternatively, twist freshly washed damp hair into buns before bed and in the morning unroll your hair to reveal natural heat-free waves.
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.