All this sunshine got you in the mood for holiday-inspired hair? Say hello to laidback-looking beach waves for the heatwave, which prove time and time again to be one of the most sought-after hair styles come summer.
Whether sprinkled with salt from the sea (or your favourite salt spray) and styled minimally to add to the air of nonchalance, beach waves are the off-duty equivalent to no-makeup-makeup. Like no makeup-makeup though, often the most “effortless” looking styles take the most work to create.
The good news is that beach waves can be fairly easy to create, it just depends on how glossy vs undone you want it to look.
There’s two ways to create beach goddess vibes, one takes a bit more elbow grease (heat, styling, the whole shebang) the other is wonderfully low-maintenance. The former will give you a slightly sleeker finish, the latter is more relaxed.
Here’s what you need to know about nailing the look in no time:
Sleek-girl beach waves
It’s no secret that the glam beach waves we’re used to seeing on the red carpet are a far cry from the IRL results you’ll get after spending a day on the beach – but the premise is still there. If you you don’t mind spending a bit more time on your hair and like it to look sleek, glossy and a little bit more ‘done’, then sleek-girl beach waves are for you.
After washing, it’s best to “prep the hair with a mousse, like Kevin Murphy Body Builder Mousse, £24, as this will help to hold the waves,” says hairstylist and beach wave queen, Hollie Rose Clarke.
Then rough dry with your blow dryer. “If you want to enhance your wave and create more texture, you should twist the hair whilst drying,” says top hairstylist, Paul Percival, co-founder of Percy & Reed.
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