1. Forget curlers and flat irons! Separate all of your hair into two-inch pieces. Then take a baby wipe (yes, a baby wipe!) and roll your hair tightly around it starting at the ends and rolling hair upwards until you’re three inches from the scalp. A baby wipe is perfect because it is sturdy and already damp so you don’t have to shower before creating luscious waves. When you finally reach the scalp, tie the ends of the baby wipe together. It should look like small knots covering your head. Continue and do this to all your hair. Sleep on it and then in the morning unravel all of the knots. Use your fingers or fine tooth comb to loosen the style. To finish, spray locks with a light hold hairspray.
2. Yes, it’s true that salt water really does help your hair achieve beach waves. Over the years, there have been many products on the market that help your locks create the “just left the beach look,” but my favorite is Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray because it leaves the most effortless finish! On damp hair, spray the sea salt solution sparingly on the entirety of your head. Next, take two-inch sections and “scrunch” each piece from the ends to the scalp. When you scrunch hair, use a t-shirt over/on your hands, as this will help you to avoid extra frizz/friction. To finish, simply let hair air dry, or to speed up the process and add extra volume, use a diffuser on the end of your blow-drier.
DIY ALERT! If you don’t want to splurge on a salon quality spray, there’s a simple DIY recipe that can still give you the look you’re aiming for at home. Take an 8 ounce spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a few tablespoons of sea salt to the mixture (the more you use, the more textured the waves). To finish the concoction, add a small drop of a moisturizing product like Moroccan Oil or your favorite conditioner. Give the bottle a good shake and spray on damp hair! Follow with the original steps of scrunching hair and letting it air dry and/or blow-drying it with a diffuser.
3. The perfect beach wave starts with a great haircut. If your hair is not layered properly, the waves you want won’t always form correctly. The ideal cut for the best beach waves involves layers around the face with a light layers in the back. The angles add interest to your hair, while the light layers in your length will help you to avoid a box-y look when your hair is curled.