Short Hairstyles

Beach Waves: Short Hair Tutorial for Getting The Look

Introducing, your new favorite way to style your hair this season! Learn how to create beach waves on short hair with this simple guide.

Beach wave hairstyles aren’t just for long-haired gals. Women with short hair lengths can totally try their hand at this fashionable look. With a few simple styling routine and the right products, achieving beach waves on short hair is actually quite easy. Whether your hair is cut into a pixie, bob or an asymmetrical haircut, you can style your hair into this popular wavy style in just a matter of minutes. Read on as we unveil the best way to get this wavy ’do on your shorter locks.

Beach Waves for Short Hair: Tutorial

Young woman with beach waves short hair style on blonde hair
Creating a messier feel to your beach waves on short hair style can help give the illusion of a fuller and voluminous ‘do. Photo credit: Nick Urteaga

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

Beach waves can be created on second-day hair or freshly washed hair. If you decide to create the look on clean hair, we suggest washing hair with a system that provides your hair with a weightless volume, like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash System. Wash your hair with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner, then remove excess weight with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo.

If you have second-day hair, refresh your hair with a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil before creating your short hair beach waves look.

woman with blonde beach waves short hair style
Wear your beach wave style with a barely there hair parting. Photo credit:

Step 2: Apply salt spray or use a hair wand.

To create texture, use a salt spray like Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. Spray the product evenly from root-to-tip, then twist your hair section-by-section to create natural-looking texture and waves.

If you have hair that has a really hard time curling on its own, skip the salt spray and opt for using a curling wand to help you out. Prep your hair with a heat protectant, then wrap small sections of hair around the wand away from your face. Hold hair in place for a few seconds, release and continue the same process to the remaining sections of hair until your entire head is curled.

older woman with beach waves on short hair
Beach waves for short hair looks are perfect hairstyles options for any age.

Step 3: Finger comb your hair.

The ideal beach waves for short hair look is one that looks totally natural. If you used a styling tool, no one has to know your secret! To achieve a natural look to your style, finger comb through your hair to loosen up the waves, hide any visible hair partings and to create a mussed-up texture. This is also a fun way to play with your part where you can opt for a side-swept dramatic part that falls on the opposite side where you normally wear your hair.

young woman with beach waves on pixie haircut
Spruce up a pixie haircut by adding weightless beachy waves.

Step 4: Set with hairspray.

To complete your beachy look on your short hair, set with a hairspray that provides a flexible hold, so that your waves to have movement. Try the Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray to finish your hairstyle with shine and hold, without feeling stiff.

Loved this simple hair styling routine for short hair beach waves hairstyles? Check out more of our easy tutorials for short hair like this braids for short hair style

Alyssa François
Your Mane Attraction, Alyssa
28 March 2017