How To Create Beach Waves in Your Super Short Hair

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 Waves Hair

Hair Types

Beach waves aren’t just for long-haired gals. Women with short hair lengths can try their hand at this fashionable look. Achieving short beach hair is quite easy with a few simple styling routines and the right products. 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.

Step 1: Start with clean hair

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

Short beach hair can be created on second-day hair or freshly washed hair. If you decide to create the look of 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 Moisture Rich 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.

Step 2: Apply salt spray or use a hair wand

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Wear your beach wave style with a barely-there hair parting. Photo credit:

To create texture, use a spray such as TRESemmé Dry Texture Finishing Spray. Spray the product evenly from root to tip, then twist your hair to create a 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.

Step 3: Finger-comb your hair

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

The ideal beach wave for a short hair look is one that looks natural. No one has to know your secret if you use a styling tool! To achieve a natural look to your style, finger comb through your hair to loosen up the waves. Hide any visible hair partings 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.

Step 4: Set with hairspray

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

To complete your beachy look on your short hair, set it with a hairspray that provides a flexible hold so that your waves 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 hairstyling routine for short hair beach waves hairstyles? Check out more of our easy tutorials for short hair, like this braids for short hairstyle.

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