Generally recognised as the hottest hairstyle of the summer year after year, effortless, beachy waves is one hairstyle we can't get enough of. But did you know the hairstyle works beautifully in winter too?
In fact, what time of year isn't great for tumbling waves and cascading kinks? The celeb ladies agree, that's why we see the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Blake Lively embracing the tousled trend red carpet after red carpet.
In fact, it's the kind of style you can achieve in your sleep. Here's how:
OVERNIGHT BEACH WAVES
What you need:
- Texturising mousse
- Hair ties and/or bobby pins
- Wash your hair and towel dry.
- Spread the texturising mousse (we like , £17.45) through your mid-lengths and ends, using your fingers to comb it through.
- Separate your hair into sections, braid and then secure. For bigger, looser beach waves, just do two braids, but for tighter beach waves, create multiple braids.
- In the morning, release the braids and use your fingers to unravel and shake out the curls.
- Secure with hairspray.
GLAM BEACH WAVES
What you need:
Top 5 and why:
- (£22) is best for boho tresses. If you like a messier finish with less defined waves - this is the one for you.
- L'Oréal Professionnel Beach Waves (£15) is really light, meaning the hair is not held down by being too "wet". Best for fine or thin hair. Also an excellent price point.
- (£38) will give you the windblown bombshell look. Think big. Think voluminous.
- (£23) is where it all started, you won't be able to believe what this salt spray can do to the limpest hair. Expect an ultra-natural, looser finish.
- (£16) is best for those who are into natural products. Chemical-free, it also smells of lavender. Bonus.
Turns out we've been using sea salt spray wrong this entire time
Before purchasing your pair, make sure you check out the size of the barrels on the chosen set of curling wands. For thinner hair, small to medium is best and for thick hair, medium to large. Depending on how tight you'd like the waves, a temperature gauge is a welcome addition. The hotter you set the tong, the more statement the tousles. We love the ghd Curve series of wands and tongs. The (£120) offers more of a vintage finished look, whereas the (£120) creates softer, tumbling waves.
The key with tousled hair is to find the best hairspray that will provide the hold without the weight. You want your tousles to be able to bounce so avoid anything too sticky. We love ghd's (£3.95).
- Wash your hair, making sure you don't use too much conditioner. To create the best waves, you want your hair to be as light as possible so it's not weighed down.
- Once you've towel dried the hair, flip your head over and generously spritz your chosen salt spray all over the ends. This will mean it's coated with texture but the roots have been avoided.
- If you want a super natural, loose look - just let your hair dry naturally. However, if you want more of a statement, voluminous look, roughly blow dry your hair, using your fingertips to create volume in the direction of the air.
- Turn on your tong until it's heated and section the hair.
- For ultimate beach babe, take sections of your hair, varying in size and wrap around the tong, holding for around 3-5 seconds.
- Once the entire hair has been done, you can keep them tight, or for boho glamour, run your fingers through them, so they blend with each other.
- Add some hairspray and you're good to go.
Love following a tutorial? We called upon to show us how she creates easy beach waves.