Easy, breezy beachy waves have been all the rage for quite some time. And why shouldn’t they be? This style is low-maintenance, super sexy and, of course, there’s the whole laid back, bohemian-cool aspect. Getting this effortless style for your hair does require just a little bit of effort and when done wrong, you can end up making a big frizzy mess (believe me, I’ve been there!). To help you get the waves you crave, be it loose tousled waves like Blake Lively, frizz-free beachy waves like Gisele Bundchen, unkempt bed-head waves like Mary-Kate Olsen, and so on, I’ve created the ultimate beachy wave guide with 3 amazing, easy-to-follow techniques straight from the experts.
Learn easy steps to get this gorgeous look after the jump!
TECHNIQUE 1: Tips from Redken Session Stylist Giovanni Giuntoli for worn in waves a-la Blake Lively.
1) Start by applying a heat protector (try Redken fabricate 03 heat-active texturizer, $13) onto damp hair.
2) Blow dry the hair in sections using a round brush to create volume.
3) After, work a little Redken rough paste 12 working material, $17 between your palms and apply evenly to hair for that ragged texture, starting at the crown.
4) Randomly curl sections of hair with a 11?2 inch curling iron (try Hot Tools the Big Bumper, $45), alternating direction of the curls.
5) After curling entire head, rub a little more rough paste 12 through the curls to break up and loosen them up, according to Giovanni, “It’ll create that finger-smudged silhouette with edges that aren’t super clean and polished, for a beautiful bohemian understatement.”
TECHNIQUE 2: Cutler stylist Jenny Balding on frizz-feee, beachy waves sans the curling iron.
1) Wash and condition your hair and then towel dry- always towel dry your hair before putting product in, if it’s soaking wet it’s not gonna absorb anything, it’s just gonna dilute it.
2) Apply an anti-frizz balm (I like Fizz Ease, $9.35) from the mid length to the ends and then let it air dry.
3) Take two sections at the back of the head and twist each section into a bun and pin it. The buns should be on either side behind each ear. Make sure to do it really low because you want the wave to start off just at the nape of the neck.
4) Leave it to dry for a while, and then remove the pins and when you shake it out, you’ve got a beautiful frizz-free beachy wave.
Bonus Tip: This tip is my personal favoriite and before twisting my hair into the buns, I like to apply Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, $23.61, which is infused with salt to give your hair volume and a realistic beachy look. If you’re on a budget, Jenny recommends mixing salt and water together in a spray bottle.
TECHNIQUE 3: Tips from Avon Stylist Chie Sugawara for ‘bedhead’ waves.
1) Apply a volumizing mousse (try Avon Advance Techniques Volumizing Mousse, $3.99) to damp hair to create a tousled texture.
2) Once dry, simply mess up the hair by roughing it up with your hands or back-combing the ends with a fine-tooth comb.
3) For contrasting textures, smooth one or two Avon Advance Techniques Anti Frizz Capsules, $4.99 through random sections of your hair, misdirecting strands as you go.