This Upgraded Beach Wave Will Be Your Favorite Summer Style

A new take on an old favorite.

The season of easy careless waves has arrived and there’s a whole new slew of products formulated specifically to help you achieve the most up-to-date upgraded beach wave. The 2018 upgraded beach wave is all about a style that nourishes and protects your strands as it delivers the effortless vibes that have always drawn us to the style to begin with. If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your summer style, read on for our best product recommendations and tips for how to achieve the upgraded beach wave. Spoiler alert: it’s all about a careful cocktail of products formulated specifically for this kind of style:

a wavy long hair woman walking at the beach
Consider this an upgraded version of your favorite summer style.

Gone are the days when we spend precious summer hours indoors fighting with a curling iron trying to create the perfect beach wave. While hot tools do have their place in the creation of wavy hairstyles, when it comes to a summer style we prefer a routine that’s a little more low key. In this case, it’s about a cocktail of products that work together to enhance your natural texture and make it look more intentional than haphazard.

Self-care doesn’t stop at a face mask and a long bubble bath—it extends to your hair care routine, too. And no matter if you’re swearing off hot tools for the summer in an effort to give your strands some TLC or you’re just looking for small ways to give your tresses some love, you’ll appreciate this tip. Start off your upgraded beach wave style by protecting your strands from any potential damage. We suggest Bed Head by TIGI Beach Bound Protection Spray to guard your hair from the sun and salt water and a day spent exposing your hair to the elements.

Next up, you’ll want to recreate the texture that you’re left with after hours in the salty ocean air. Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray is what we like to think of as the beach in a bottle. Generously spritz this product into your damp strands and then leave your hair to air dry. That means no scrunching, teasing, touching or winding strands around your finger. Let your hair take the lead and allow the salt spray to work its magic.

Stash a bottle of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 in your bag to spray on your strands once your waves dry. This hairspray will lock in the style and add a touch of texture. Another bonus is that the bottle is thin and narrow and will barely take up any space in your bag. That means there’s plenty of room for that trashy summer beach read. No shame, ladies. This is the time of year to read an adventurous romance.