Of all the curly and wavy hairstyles, beach waves are the most sought-after. This chic hairstyle goes well with any length of hair, all hair types, and all hair textures. Beach waves can be created with or without heat. No-heat methods take up to a day to give you this beautiful style. On the other hand, heat styling tools will help you achieve this style in less than an hour.
For perfect beach waves every single time, you can use one of these heat styling tools:
- Flat iron
- Curling iron
- Hot rollers
Read on to find out the techniques, styling accessories, and hair products required for achieving a spectacular beach look with each of these hot tools.
1. Creating Beach Waves With a Flat Iron
For this hairstyle, you do not need a Mohawk because you will not be curling the crown area of your head. Therefore, select a parting for your style before starting to section your hair. You can choose between a side part and a center part. Opt for the one that flatters your face shape.
Comb or brush your hair to get rid of any tangles and apply a thermal protection serum. From any one side of your head, grab a 1-inch section of your hair at the front. Hold it between the clamps of the flat iron close to the roots. Twist the flat iron barrel forward and backward for alternating sections, and slide the tool all the way to the ends of your hair. The curled section will assume a loose and soft wave instantly. Repeat this with more 1-inch sections from both sides of your head until all of it is covered with soft and loose waves, giving you the beach appearance you desire.
To make your hair hold this style, spray a mist of medium-hold hairspray and scrunch your beautifully formed waves lightly for a more beachy effect.
2. Creating Beach Waves With a Curling Iron
Wash or rinse your hair and pat it dry with a towel. Apply a heat protection product to your towel-dried hair. Blow-dry your hair on a medium heat setting and with a paddle brush to make your hair sleek and straight. Next, blow-dry your hair on a cool setting to add volume. Apply a little more heat protection serum or spray before using the curling iron.
Create a side part or center part as you wish and tie the top half of your hair into a bun. Secure this bun with a hair tie or bobby pins so it does not fall apart while you are curling the bottom half of your hair. Take a 1-inch section of your hair at the side from the bottom half and wind it around the barrel of the curling iron. You can curl each section away from the head or towards it. For a perfectly beachy style, alternate curling directions. That is, you can curl one section of hair towards the head and the next section away from the head and so on and so forth. Give each section of your hair around 6 seconds on the barrel of the curling iron before releasing it. Carry on in this manner until the entire bottom half has been curled.
Undo the bun and focus your curling effort on the top half of your head. For the top half, curl one section of hair towards your face and the next section away from your face. Proceed like this until the entire top half is transformed into stunning loose waves.
Run your fingers through your waves gently to separate the curls and spray a lightweight texturizing product to boost volume.
3. Creating Beach Waves With Hot Rollers
If you get the basics right, hot rollers are an excellent tool for achieving a fabulous beach look. For best results, start with clean hair. Apply a volumizing mousse and thermal protection spray to towel-dried hair. Smooth out your strands with a hairdryer and paddle brush.
Apply a little more heat protection spray and make a center part or side part according to your preference. Starting from the hairline at the side, take a 2-inch section of hair and place a large size hot roller mid-section. Wrap the ends of the section around the hot roller and roll the upper half of that section away from your face and up to your scalp. Secure it in place with a claw clip or hairpin. Proceed like this with the rest of your hair, keeping in mind that each side of your head will have 4 sections above and 3 sections below.
The top 4 sections on either side will require large rollers, while the corresponding bottom 3 sections should be curled with medium rollers. Small rollers should be avoided because they will give you tight curls rather than loose waves.
Leave the hot rollers in your hair until they cool completely. Remove the claw clips or hairpins. Let the cooled rollers slide out of your hair to avoid tugging which can ruin the style and damage your hair. Loosen the curls by finger combing lightly. Spray a mist of flexible-hold hairspray and do not touch your hair for the rest of the day.
Accomplishing gorgeous beach waves is a matter of selecting the most appropriate tool and employing the most effective curling technique. Always use flat irons and curling irons with a barrel size greater than 1 inch. A smaller barrel size will give you tight ringlets instead of loose waves. Similarly, large and medium hot rollers should be preferred over small hot rollers if you want an impeccable beachy style. Do not use the curling wand because it will not give you the loose waves necessary for the beach look. Make sure to alternate curling directions, and use a dry shampoo if you have soft hair and need a volume boost. Last but not least, do not forget or play down the significance of heat protection for your hair.
- Sarah Young, HOW TO CREATE PERFECT BEACH WAVES THIS SUMMER, 10 June 2017
- STEPHANIE SALTZMAN, HOW TO GET PERFECT, BEACHY WAVES WHEN YOU HAVE SHORT HAIR, AUG 5, 2016
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