You’ve seen the pictures and the hashtags and everyone is talking about the beach waves hair but maybe you are still wondering exactly what this is (and how you can get it!). Great news – beach waves are easy to achieve and although they work best on medium to long hair even girls with shorter locks can wear them.
The beach wave is a loose S-shaped curl, typically placed on the lower section of the hair to mimic the appearance of hair that has been exposed to salt water and sun. This messy curled look is all the rage, and because “lived in” and messy are the goals it’s really easy for you to do at home!
# 1 Long Bob Wave
Shorter hair, such as this trendy long bob can be a little tricky to coax into that windswept and sun-drenched texture. To get your hair looking like this try using your curling iron to get one or two relaxed waves. These should ideally sit just below your ears in order to appear as natural as possible. Tousle and finger comb your hair afterward to get that messy feel.
Beach waves will work on any color hair, but they look exceptional on blonde locks, especially sandy toned color like this model is showing off. Her mane has the perfect summer feel– warm colored locks with a salt spray wave. You could use your flat iron or small barreled curling tongs to add a loose S-wave to your hair – remember to use a spray product to keep the look in place.
# 3 Professional Beach Waves Hair
The beach waves hair that this model has is a little more put together but still playful and fun. Her waves are formed slightly tighter that you would see in an authentic beach wave. You could copy this look using a flat iron or curling tool and if you want to add a special touch, then ask your stylist for some “sun--kissed” highlights like her baby blonde ones.
# 4 Island Hairstyle
Sun bleached hair is so enviable and this model's locks give the impression that’s she’s been spending more time on the beachfront than the rest of us! The hair has been cropped bluntly by the stylist who then added a soft wavy texture, probably by using a curling iron. The golden highlights, which were created using a freehand technique, complete this island style.
# 5 Flat Curl
In this picture the stylist has created the curl to be flatter (and thicker) – you can copy this model's style by using a flat iron to sharply press thick sections of hair into waves, starting from just below the crown. These curls should be angled towards the back instead of straight down. The shape that you are looking for is a loose S, be careful not to make the curls too tight as this spoils the beach feel.
# 6 Salt Spray Stunner
Want even more hair for your beach waves hair? Find a stylist who is able to offer you hair extensions. In this picture, the stylist has used tape hair extensions to give the model’s hair more volume and has used these in conjunction with her natural locks to create a look that appears to have come right off the beach. This light wavy texture is exactly what you should be looking to achieve.
# 7 Curl and Tumble
This style is really authentic, and there are a few elements that make it seem like holiday hair. The model is wearing her medium length locks with a middle parting and the stylist has used balayage to give her enviable dark ash blonde highlights. The curls that tumble down onto her shoulder are a mixture of waves and tighter curls, which start just above her ears.
# 8 Summer Hair
Beautiful color is a perfect compliment for your beach hairstyle so consider a few well-placed highlights or even gently graded color like this model. A blunt cut bob is a great base for this type of style, not only is it easy to show off your wavy locks, but also it’s a low maintenance and will keep you cool on sweltering summer days!
# 9 Fashionista Locks
When your hair is exposed to salt water and spray it changes the texture, leaving you with long loose waves. This model is showing off an excellent replication of this style on her long, bright blonde hair. The texture is quite subtle so steal her style by twisting thick strands of your long hair and running over it slowly with your hot iron.
# 10 Lived-In Look
Beach waves hairstyles are versatile, that’s why they are so trendy from the streets to the red carpet. It’s a lived-in look that is easy to achieve and maintain. In this picture, the model has medium length hair that just dips past her shoulders, which has been given a gentle wavy texture. The stylist added a few light babylights which help to highlight the salty look hair.
# 11 Sun Kissed Natural Look
Multidimensional hair color like this model is wearing really deserves a style that draws the eyes into the layers. For this look, the stylist used a wide round brush and blow dryer to give her that delicate, natural-looking beach wave. Remember that these styles look their best if they are slightly messy – try turning your head upside down and then flipping it up to give you extra body and that tousled look.
# 12 Short and Sexy
Do you want to wear beach waves, but you think your hair is too short? Use this picture to draw inspiration! This model has a short bob hairstyle and she is wearing a gorgeous wave to draw attention to her beach blonde colored locks. The texture of this curl is smaller and more defined, but it still has that distinct coastal feel. Remember that your hair will shorten slightly when you curl it.
# 13 Wavy Ombre
What would your hair look like after a few weeks on the beach sipping cocktails with your hat and sunnies? Probably just like this! If you don’t have time for the holiday then it’s a good thing that stylists can give you the look in just a few hours! This hair glides down the models back in a sweet light gray-brown to sunflower blonde ombre and the tips have been styled into a tousled wavy look.
# 14 Vanilla Sunshine Hair
If you choose a super light blonde color like this make sure to balance your look with darker brows and even dark roots. These roots add to the beach feel of this style along with the loose and messy waves that cascade down her shoulders. Wondering what to wear with this style? We suggest light colored clothes and a golden tan!
# 15 Surfer Girl Hair
Blonde hair is not the only color for beach waves – these model's long, hazelnut brown locks have been styled to perfectly match that salty texture often only achieved by surfer babes. The stylist has ensured that the hair looks thick and voluminous by adding plenty of loose curls which intensify throughout the lower locks. Just run your fingers through and you’ll be ready to go!
# 16 Layered Beach Waves
This medium length hair, which has been snipped into an appealing layered style, is easy to maintain and is perfect for students and busy moms. It’s got a slick, dark blonde to baby blonde ombre and the stylist used a curling iron to give her loose ringlets which are tightest over the midsection. This wave is so natural looking people won’t be able to tell the difference!
# 17 Ocean Orange Locks
Waves are an amazing way to bring life and volume to thin hair. In this picture, the stylist has trimmed the hair into layers to add volume and added soft S-waves with a flat iron to give the model’s look dimension. The color is quite striking as well; there are greenish undertones within the shiny golden orange locks. To finish the hair was gently teased, allowing for flyaways to add to the oceanside feel.
# 18 Summer Vibes
While other trendy styles may take ages to get right, beach waves are easy to achieve, even for the beginner! To get the gorgeous, slightly messy look that this model is wearing you could either use a flat iron or a curling tong to create sections of natural looking wavy hair. This is not a look that needs to be precise, so don’t try to make it symmetrical.
# 19 Waist-Length Wave
The model in this picture is sporting extra long waist length hair that is in beautiful condition and has been colored using a palette of warm blondes and light golden browns. Her beach waves hair has more defined curls which may have been achieved using rollers but it still has that island living feel. The bonus of this specific style is that it will last a while due to the method used, so no need for major styling every morning.
# 20 Beach Tips
There are many ways to wear the beach waves hair, so don’t be afraid to create something a little different like the look this model is wearing. In this style you can almost image that she spent the day at the beach with her hair tied up and has now let it down, showing off the natural salty wave that the beach provided. Recreate this with ease by using your flat iron to create waves just at the tips of your locks.
# 21 Balayage and Beach Waves
Wavy locks and perfectly graded color are a hot combination for summer and what better way to achieve this color then through free hand balayage? This stunning brown to golden blonde ombre is professional and natural looking, as though the ends really were bleached by the sun. It’s the perfect basis for a beachy wave which the stylist has created by introducing very loose curls and teasing the locks.
# 22 Brunette Beach Hair
Girls with dark locks, like this model's long rosewood colored hair, often feel they don’t have the right hue to pull off the island wave style but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Just look at these desirable and perfectly proportioned curls that the stylist has created with a curling iron. The secret to this look? Start your curls just above the shoulder line.
# 23 Easiest Waves
We’ve already established that beach waves are completely doable for short locks, provided you go easy – remember that tight curls will not look as authentic. In this example, the models short baby blonde hair has been parted and given a subtle curl which would be best achieved with a curling tool. The blunt cut on the ends lends to the ocean living feel.
# 24 Sun-Kissed and Smooth
While beach waves are traditionally messier that this, this is still a beach worthy look. The stylist’s choice of colors is spot on and we love the dark ash blonde highlights that frame the models face. Her hair is wonderfully smooth and sleek on top breaking out into large waves at the bottom.
# 25 Long Lived-In Bob
Even if you are not enjoying a warm summer there’s no reason you can’t enjoy summer feel hair! This model shows off a wonderfully “lived in” beach wave look on her long layer cut bob. Her hair has been parted simply with a messy center parting and the stylist created a beautiful natural looking wave that comes in to frame her face.
# 26 Wavy Dress Up Curl
This model is wearing beach waves hair that would look right at place on an evening out or for a day by the sea. Her medium long locks have been treated to a wash of sweet honey blonde color and the stylist has fashioned them into long loose ringlet style curls to achieve the beach look. This look is slightly more formal than the lived-in look and can be created by using a flat iron.
# 27 Gentle Beach Curl
Aren’t you envious of this sweet hairstyle? This model's hair is hitting all the right notes; gorgeous buttery brown color and a slight wave that intensifies towards the tips. The styling has been kept simple with a disconnected center parting – with hair this stunning not much more is needed!
# 28 Beach Dimension
Sun-kissed beach style hair like this is easy to achieve with the right methods. Here the stylist has given this model's shoulder length locks a rounded shape with layers and colored the locks so that they have that light sun-kissed look within the upper streaks. The loose S-wave, which you can copy with your curling tong, not only completes the look, but also brings the light colored streaks out, adding dimension.
# 29 Beach Sunset Hair
For this hairstyle, it seems the stylist has used two different techniques to get the perfect beach wave. To steal this models style, try creating large waves first using a big round brush and hairdryer and then grab your flat iron to twist some of the upper strands into loose curls. Choosing summer colors can be difficult, but this example is right on trend with sunset orange and medium copper.
# 30 Easy Layers
For this look the stylist has added long, loose layers of curls to keep this models hair looking hot. Adding beach waves is a great way to bring new life to hair in-between color sessions and as a bonus it’s really low maintenance! Beach wave hairstyles are the way to go!
# 31 Mermaid Hair
To achieve the mermaid hairstyle stylists will use a combination of bright cartoon colors on the clients’ hair and what could be a better finish for this type of color but waves? For this look the stylist has added sloping waves to give the hair a bent, beachy feel which perfectly complements the bright aquamarine, purple, blue and pink color beneath.
# 32 Ashy Curl
This model’s waves begin just beneath her neck and give the hair that desirable “crumpled” feel. Above the hair is smooth and the stylist has used balayage to create a stunning brown to blonde ombre. You can get this look in your long hair as well using a curling tool – just make sure you start with well-conditioned hair.
# 33 Layered Island Style
Ask your hairdresser to cut your long hair into layers in front – this makes it easier to manage and wear loose (which is essential for your beach wave look!). In this picture the stylist has done just that with the model's locks and then added loose curls from just under the ears. Notice how not all the curls are the same tightness and shape? This is key to an authentic beach look.
# 34 Twist Over Festival Style
Beach waves are usually worn long and loose without too much styling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress the look up a bit. In this example, the model has used her loosely curled, bright blonde locks to fashion a half updo by using strands from the front to create a fold over twist at the back.
# 35 Perfect Curl Placement
In this hairstyle, the hairdresser has used clever curl placement to mimic salt curled beach hair. Notice how the curls gently frame the face and dip down onto the tips with the middle portion of hair only having the slightest kink. The color is exceptional too – bright blondes are a great summer look and will perk up your mood too!
If you’ve been wondering what to do with your hair this summer, then you could be trying the beach waves hair ideas. There are plenty of tutorials online which will show you how to create this look using curling tongs, rollers, curling irons and even just a large brush and blow-dryer. You can research the right styling products or ask your stylists what would work best to make your look last. After you have added your waves roughly part your locks, finger comb, and tease and you’ll have a fantastic beach wave style!