The 8 Best Ways to Get Beach Waves on Every Hair Length

Easy, breezy, beautiful beach hair is about to be all yours!  

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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.

Whether you have medium, long or short hair, pay attention: creating beachy waves at home is so easy you can literally do it in your sleep.

Read on to get inspired by the best beach wave inspiration and also learn how to create the best beach waves with and without heat (no matter your hair length).

8 Ways to Get Beach Waves

How to Get Beach Waves With a Curling Wand

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Step 1. Spray damp hair with heat protect spray. We suggest the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray which protects hair from heat styling and helps to prevent hair becoming brittle and dull.

Step 2. Section your hair. To curl the underside of your hair, section the top using section clips.

Step 3. Curl hair. Wrap your hair around a curling wand, away from your face, and hold for a few seconds before releasing.

Step 4. Repeat this process on all of your hair.

Step 5. Finger comb your hair when cool.

Step 6. Add a final spritz of hairspray to finish your look. We love the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray for its all-day natural hold & 24-hour frizz control.

How to Get Beach Waves Hair With a Straightener

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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 Get Beach Hair Using the Twist Method

Woman with long dark brown hair styled into beachy waves
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Step 1. Rake some of the VO5 Volume Foam through damp or dry hair. Then blowdry your mane using a diffuser to protect against humidity and bring out a natural wave.

Step 2. Divide your tresses into 4 equal sections and twist each section around itself. Continue to twist until you’ve created a loose bun, securing it with some bobby pins.

Step 3. Once you’ve done this, blast each bun with your hairdryer with medium heat.

Step 4. Now time for the fun part: shake out your twists! Use your fingers to loosen waves and you’re all done. You did it, you total beach babe!

How to Get Beach Waves on Short Hair

Woman with short dirty blonde hair styled into loose beach waves
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Thought your cropped tresses meant you had to miss out on this trend? Not anymore! Creating beachy waves in short hair is effortless: just follow the curling method above if you have a long pixie cut, or the straightening method if you have a bob or lob-length tresses!

Editor’s tip: To make sure your short, beach wave hair look stays put, spritz a small amount of the VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray throughout your mane. This will ensure you have soft-looking curls with tonnes of natural movement!

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 Overnight

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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 blonde hair styled into messy beach waves
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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.

Get Beach Waves With Emily From The London Blogger

We turned to lifestyle blogger Emily Hunt AKA The London Blogger to help you create stunning tumbling waves. Emily in her own words has “generally flat and quite dry” hair that is prone to lots of split ends! So, if you are fine-haired and looking for a fab way to wear your tresses in waves, this is for you.

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Step 1: Start by washing your tresses with TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Shampoo.

Step 2: Take the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair Instant Recovery Mask and apply to the mid-lengths to ends. Leave on for the designated amount of time and rinse off.

Step 3: Apply a few pumps of the Nexxus Nutritive Serum to the ends of your towel-dried hair, combing through with your fingers.

Step 4: Spritz your tresses with TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray.

Step 5: Blowdry your hair straight by keeping the nozzle of your dryer pointing down to smooth the hair and don’t forget to softly brush your tresses while drying.

Step 6: To achieve the effect of the kinky wave, the trick lies with how you angle your straighteners. Start towards the root and twist your straightener halfway under for a few inches, and then twist the straightener in the opposite direction for a few inches, until you reach the tips of your hair.

Step 7: Repeat this wave process to the rest of your hair.

Step 8: For extra volume, reach for TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder. Simply sprinkle onto your roots and use your fingers to zhoosh up your hair. And there you have it, kinky waves made easy with the help of Emily.

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Get Undone Waves With Elle From Bambi Does Beauty

We’ve enlisted the help of Elle from Bambi Does Beauty to show you how to create gorgeous undone waves. Elle has thick hair, yet because she bleaches her hair she also has dry ends and struggles with frizz! If this sounds like your hair, too, then listen closely…

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Step 1: Start by washing your hair with the Nexxus Youthful Renewal Shampoo.

Step 2: Next, take the Nexxus Emergencée Mask and apply to the mid-lengths to ends. Leave on for the designated amount of time and rinse off.

Step 3: Towel dry your hair and take a small amount of the VO5 Frizz Free Air Dry Cream, run between your palms and apply to the ends of your hair.

Step 4: Blowdry until completely dry, then straighten your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends.

Step 5: Take your straighteners and now run it over the ends of your hair, twisting it as you go to create slight waves.

Step 6: To build up that undone texture, spritz some of the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray into your hands and run through your hair, scrunching to add more texture.

Step 7: Finish it all off with a dose of the TONI&GUY Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray to hold it all in place. Et voila: undone waves in a flash. Thanks, Elle!

Elle from Bambi Does Beauty with long ash blonde hair in loose waves
Elle’s finished undone waves!

21 Best Beach Wave Hairstyles

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 2020.

Beach Waves on Long Hair

woman with long brown hair with blonde highlights styled into beach waves

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

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

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

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 on Black Hair

black woman with black beach waves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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