Easy Everyday Beach Waves

March 18, 2014

Over the past few years, I’ve realized a few things about myself hair-wise: 1) I love having long hair, 2) I look better with bangs, and 3) wavy hair is my thing, straight hair is not. So of course, I’ve been in a constant state of experiment, attempting to discover the easiest way to get everyday, beach-inspired waves with minimal damage. I’ve previously posted about this, but as I’ve late, I’ve made some amendments to my strategy, which of course I plan on sharing with you today.

I cannot emphasize enough how important the right haircut is. I used to think that all I needed was long wavy hair, but as it turns out, layers are what makes the magic happen. With the right layering, you can promote your hair’s natural wave patterns, giving yourself much less work on the styling side of things each day. Ideally, you’re looking for long layers, but the easiest thing to do (assuming you have a trustworthy stylist—something every girl needs!) is to tell your stylist the look your going for, letting him or her know that you want a cut that promotes natural waves, and if possible, allows you to air dry.

Yep, for real. I’ve always had it backwards, letting my hair get messier each day to create volume, but thanks to pregnancy hormones and my need for daily hair washings, I’ve discovered that my waves look way better when my hair is clean. Weird, yes, but it’s true.

My secret to daily clean hair without overdrying is Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Shampoo followed by Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner. The shampoo is nice and mild, and leaves hair clean—but not stripped—shiny, and fresh. The conditioner is super creamy and helps detangle, soften and restore life spring to parched or processed ends. It probably goes without saying, but I only apply my shampoo to the roots, and I only apply conditioner to the hair below my ears.

After my shower, I use a wide-tooth comb to make sure my tangles are out. Some people swear by not combing hair at all in order to promote waves, but that just leaves me with weird looking hair, so I’m a comber. This also gives me the opportunity to dry my bangs while they’re wet so they don’t get crazy.

Easy Everyday Beach Waves //

After trying several salt and texture wave sprays, I’ve become loyal to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, as it seems to work well with my hair type, which is fine and wavy. I like that it’s not drying like most salt sprays (it almost feels like a light spray pomade), and that it adds volume. That being said, I also like Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. It feels more drying to me, but it smells amazing and is less expensive than the Bumble and Bumble option. You’ll want to spray the texture spray evenly all over, being liberal with it but not getting too crazy.

After I spray my hair, I like to take my hair in sections, twirling it around away from my face, then lightly folding it accordion-style to promote natural curl. From there, it’s time to dry, which can be done by air drying, or using a diffuser. On most days, I let it air dry because I don’t have anywhere important to be. But if I’m meeting someone, I’ve found the diffuser works great.

When I’m done, I often notice a few spots that could use a bit more wave than they ended up with, and that’s where my curling wand comes in. The key is to keep the curls from looking too perfect, so you don’t want to add too many, and you don’t want to keep the curling wand on for that long on the sections you touch up. Once I’m satisfied with how it all looks, I run my fingers through my hair lightly and get on with my day, looking like I came straight from the beach.

P.S. Natural-looking waves with a teardrop curling iron and 5 ways to get soft waves.

Images via Sephora and Bumble and Bumble

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  • Reply Erin March 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi Natalie! Thank you for the very helpful info!
    I love this look as well and want to do it more.
    Quick question – what do you mean by: “then lightly folding it accordion-style to promote natural curl” – I can’t quite picture what folding accordion style would look like :)


    • Reply Natalie Lynn Borton March 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Think of it as sort of a light “scrunch”—you don’t want to force the wave by crunching your fingers together when you lift up, but rather push up on the hair lightly with an open hand. Is that helpful? If not let me know and I can try explaining it another way :)

      • Reply Erin March 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Yes – that is very helpful! Thank you for the quick reply!

  • Reply Jessica March 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I love the Not Your Mother’s spray! My hair is naturally wavy/curly and I do beachy waves just about every day. I also use Organix coconut milk and coconut oil proucts to add extra smelly goodness and softness, just not too much of the oil spray or I get too oily. I scrunch my hair too but don’t comb it after the shower. I just got a haircut last week with a few long layers and it has made all the difference! It’s basically my favorite way of doing my hair.

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