Even when the summer is over, everyone wants sexy, beachy waves in their hair. Waves are a great look for both a casual day at home and a formal night out. They’re flattering on almost any woman, and they work very well with a number of hair types.
While some women are blessed with naturally wavy hair, most women have to put in a little bit of effort to get them. Some women thing that waves are particularly challenging if you have straight hair, but this isn’t actually the case. There are a number of easy ways to give straight hair beach waves.
By drying your hair
One of the simplest ways is to change the way you dry your hair. When you get out of the shower, don’t grab your blow dryer right away. Towel dry your hair as much as you can.
Once your hair is semi-dry, put it into braids. If you want loose beach waves, put your hair into thick braids. If you want tighter waves, put your hair into smaller braids. Let your hair sit in the braids for at least a few minutes before you start blow drying your hair.
Dry your hair as much as you possibly can before taking your hair out of your braids. After you unbraid your hair, you should turn the dryer to warm or cool. If you finish drying your hair with less heat, you’ll have more volume to your waves.
While you should add a little product to keep your waves in place, you don’t want to add too much. Keep it light and simple so that your waves don’t get weighed down. You want to have a little bounce behind your hair. Usually, a light volumizing hairspray will be more than enough to keep your waves looking great.
You can also get beautiful waves with a curling iron. Take a medium iron and loosely wrap strands of your hair around the barrel instead of curling it like you normally would. Don’t worry about doing it evenly — you want to create a natural, slightly messy look.
Keep going until you have waves all around your head. If you’re not happy with the look of any of your waves, just wrap them around the barrel again. Once you’re finished, add a little volumizing hairspray to complete the look.
.. or a flat iron
If you don’t have a curling iron, you can also make beach waves with a flat iron. Take your flat iron and apply it to dry hair. Clamp the hair in the iron, and then fold it away from your face. Hold it in position for a few seconds before releasing it.
Clamp down on the same strand of hair, but move your flat iron lower than it was before. Fold it in the opposite direction you did last time. Hold it for a few seconds before releasing it. Continue until the strand has a satisfactory amount of waves, and then move on to the new strand.
Once you’re done, look over your hair and make sure that your waves are even. If they’re not, simply add a few more waves to one section of your head. Then add some volumizing hair spray, and you’re good to go.
A spray to lock in the waves
Before you start adding your waves, you may want to add a little bit of texturizing spray. This will help to give your hair a more beachy look, and will help your hair to respond better to your styling efforts. If you’re not sure about what spray to use, ask your stylist for a recommendation.
Using texturizing spray can even give you waves when you’d normally get curls! If you use a spray like this before using hot rollers, your curls will have a wavier look. Comb through them before apply hairspray so that they have a messier, more beach-friendly look. If you curl your hair frequently, you should definitely give this a try.
Even if your hair is poker straight, you can easily get sexy beach waves. Try out all of these methods, and see which ones work best for your hair. There’s a very good chance that you’ll be thrilled with the results. Beach waves are a style that looks great on everyone.