How to create beach waves for all hair lengths and types

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

Love the look of undone beach hair? Us too. And since beachy waves never too stray far from the red carpet and runway, they’ve become a fashionable go-to summer look for woman everywhere. But without dazzling white sand and a crystal blue ocean to hand, you may be wondering how to get this tousled look, right? Not for long…

Whether you have medium, long or short hair, pay attention: creating beach wavy hair at home is so easy you can literally do it in your sleep. Don’t believe us? Then you’ll need to follow one of our beach waves hair tutorials, below, and see the results for yourself!

6 ways to get beach waves

  1. Beach waves using a curling wand
  2. Beach waves with a hair straightener
  3. Beach waves using the twist method
  4. Beach waves on short hair
  5. Kinky waves with The London Blogger
  6. Undone waves with Bambi Does Beauty

Prep hair.

The first step to beautiful beach waves is, of course, protecting your hair from heat damage. 

We suggest the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray which protects hair from heat styling and helps to prevent hair becoming brittle and dull. 


Section hair.

To curl the underneath of your hair, section the top using section clips. 



Curl hair.

Working in small sections, curl a piece of hair around the barrel of a curling wand and hold for a few seconds and release.

Tip: To achieve your desired beach waves finish, curl your hair away from your face. 


Continue curling.

When your bottom section has all been curled, unclip your top section.

Then, working in small sections, continue to curl your hair away from your face.

Tip: Curl hair from eye-level for a more natural finish. 


Finger comb hair.

When your hair has cooled, use your fingers to comb through your hair to create more texture and movement.

Be gentle as you don’t want to ruin all your hard work. 


Finish your look.

Give your hair extra staying power with a spritz of hairspray.

We love the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray for it’s all day natural hold & 24-hour frizz control.


Final look.

And there you have it. Beautiful beach waves in minutes!


Prep your mane.

In order to achieve dreamy, beach wave hair, you’ll need to first prep your mane with the VO5 Tousled Style Spray, which will help amp up the wavy texture.


Section off your hair.

Now use sectioning clips to section off your hair ready for styling.


Makes waves.

Want to create beachy waves with straighteners? The secret is all in the wrist movement. Rather than continuously rotating your straightener down the hair shaft, alternate between 45 degree angle flips.

Beginning at one side of your head (at eyebrow-height), feed your hair through the straightener. Fold it backwards and away from your face, and hold in place for a couple of seconds.

Now fold the hair forwards in the opposite direction, again holding for a couple of seconds. This will create a loose U-shaped beach wave. Continue the process down your hair, making sure to stop around 2 inches from the ends for a soft, natural beachy look.


Make waves part 2.

For those of you with a curling wand or tong, getting beach wave hair is slightly easier.

All you need to do is work on 2-3 inch sections of hair at a time, and loosely wrap your tresses around the barrel of your appliance. Holding it in place for a few seconds then release when fully curled.

Continue this process on your entire head, until you have a wavy, tousled texture. Again, remember to stop around 2 inches from the bottom for a more natural-looking finish.


Brush through your waves.

Once you have curled all of your tresses, it’s time to give them that undone, beachy vibe! So grab a wide-tooth comb and brush through your strands to loose them.


Final look.

And just like that you’ve created a beach waves hair look to die for – and just in time for holiday season, too!

stella maxwell with beach waves hair at the victoria secret event
Stella Maxwell with beach wavy hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Still can’t get to grips with using a straightener or curling wand to create a beach waves hair style? Don’t fret: this twisting method has got your back!

How to get the look:

1. Begin by raking 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.

2. After this, 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.

Psst! If you want to really amp up the wave factor, you can spritz each section with some V05 Texturising Sea Salt Spray before twisting.

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

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!

If you prefer to style your mane without heat, know that if you do it before you go to bed, you can wake up with mermaid-worthy waves in the morning! Easy peasy, eh?

model with short beach hair look smilling
Want to create beachy waves with short hair? Here’s how to do it!

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 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 TIGI Bed Head Flexi Head Hairspray throughout your mane. This will ensure you have soft-looking curls with tonnes of natural movement!

model with headband and beachy waves wearing white and smiling
Beach wave hair looks gorgeous with hair accessories!

Now sit tight, because we haven’t told you the best part about this beach wavy hairstyle yet. Aside from being super quick to create, it can easily be dressed up for a formal occasion, too!

Whether you decide to partner your pretty waves with flowers or a sparkly headband is all up to you, just know you’ll be causing heads to turn wherever you go.

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.

How to get Emily’s kinky waves:

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 kinky waves effect, 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.

tresemme biotin shampoo, conditioner and mask with nexxus encapsulate serum, toni & guy sea salt spray and plumping powder in shelfie style picture

A little more about Emily…

What’s your hair type?

Generally flat and quite dry. Lotttsss of split ends too!

Do you have any daily hair struggles?

One day I have something that resembles a ’90s perm and the next day, it’s poker straight and lifeless. I never know what I’m going to get, which means most days I either have to style it or throw it in a low bun… good ‘natural’ hair days seldom exist for me.

Tell us one piece of hair advice you would give to someone with hair like you.

Avoid heat as much as possible. I won’t use straighteners on my hair more than twice a week and whenever I use a hair dryer I always use serum to provide a level of protection.

Go-to hair products?

I would crumble without my heat protectors/serums. I ADORE the Nexxus Nutritive Encapsulate Serum – it leaves my hair super silky but without making it lifeless and floppy.

Fave hairstyles for day and night?

In the daytime, I go for the beachy waves I did in my vid. They last all day without dropping and makes me look ‘done’. In the evenings I generally have a low bun, but worn with a statement lip and a hell of a lot of highlighter!

close up shot of the london blogger emily hunt get ready with me
Ready for our close up!

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…

How to get Elle’s waves:

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 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!

image of hair products on a stack of books, a toni and guy hairspray, vo5 frizz free cream, nexxus shampoo and mask, and a toni and guy sea salt spray

A little more about Elle…

What are go-to hair products?

A weekly hair mask is a must for me. I love the Nexxus Emergencée Mask as it gets to work in 5 mins. I also adore a lightweight hair oil for when my hair’s damp before drying.

Go-to hairstyles for day and night? 

Daytime is always French-girl loose waves with slight texture. Night time I go for a side sweep with a little extra volume for something different.

Tell us one piece of hair advice you would give to someone with hair like you…

Invest in a good hair oil/treatment. It’s such an easy step to include in your routine but makes the world of difference to frizzy ends!

What’s the secret to getting your perfect waves?

My trick is just to tame the frizz on the top layer of hair. This way you keep the volume through the bottom which allows for a looser curl.

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