Beachin’ Wave – Starting with Wavy Hair

There’s so many techniques out there for creating the beachy wave. Braid it, twist it, scrunch it, put it in a bun…..the list goes on. Depending on your hair type and the kind of wave you like, you have to choose wisely or you may end up looking more eighties than effortless. I’m on a quest to try all the different techniques out there and report back which ones work and which ones don’t. But first I will explain the tried and true method that I use for my wavy hair…..


A bit of Natural Curl
Thermal Protection (Aveda Damage Control)
1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ Curling Iron
Pomade (Aveda Brilliant Pomade)

Spray in your thermal protection product or a light leave in conditioner on towel dried hair.
Tip: don’t use a lot of product or anything that will leave your hair crunchy or weighed down

If you have the time, let your hair air dry or use a blowdryer, but without the diffuser. Haphazardly dry your hair letting the air hit you like the wind might on the beach. Tip: If you have straight hair, you may want to use a diffuser to work some texture in and if you hair is curly you’ll want to pull some of the curl out

A messy middle part or one slightly off to the side is gonna work best. An easy way to get a messy part is to flip your head upside down, tousle the hair at the top of your head then flip your hair back up and move your head side to side to let the pieces naturally fall where they want to.

No need to section your hair off, just start touching up strands on top that need a little extra help. Start with a chunk of hair that seems to be naturally clumping together, twist the strands a couple times, hold the curling iron upside down (so the handle is at the roots), and wrap the piece of hair around the curling iron.


  1. wrap the hair around the curling iron as oppose to using the clamp
  2. start the curl about 1/4 of the way down the strand, and even closer to the bottom of the strand on the pieces framing your face
  3. always curl away from your face
  4. don’t hold the hair in place too long, if you do, you’re going to get a stiffer curl instead of a wave
  5. when you unwrap the hair, give it a little tousle before it cools to loosen it up
  6. leave the bottom couple inches of hair uncurled, which allows you to hold the strand while curling it and keeps the waves looking natural


To give the hair a little more texture and prevent it from looking too “done”, put a tiny bit of pomade on your hands and rub a chunk of hair between your palms (like rolling a pencil between your hands). You can also separate the hair a little bit by dividing a curl into smaller pieces and twisting them from the ends to create new pieces that clump together. Finish it up with a light hairspray.

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