There’s nothing quite like textured, messy beach hair for a timeless summer look. It screams sexy and those beachy waves never go out of fashion. Unfortunately, achieving that “just stepped off the sand” effect can be more difficult than it seems. However, you too can have beautiful tousled tresses without having to spend the day at the seaside, just try one of the following easy methods and you should be looking like a natural beach goddess in no time!
Braiding Your Hair
Wash your hair and rinse it out thoroughly using a curl and wave promoting shampoo if possible. Next, condition your hair with a curl and wave defining conditioner, focusing on the tips, and rinse it out with lukewarm or cool water which will help to tighten your hair shafts. If you don’t want to wash your hair simply dampen it thoroughly. Then use a soft towel to gently squeeze and pat your hair dry, do not use a hairdryer. Work out any tangles with a wide-toothed comb and then pat it dry again before letting it air dry for a few minutes. You want your hair to be damp, but not dripping wet.
Part your hair down the middle and then tightly braid your hair on both sides. Secure the tips with hair ties. If you want your waves to extend up to your roots, make two French braids which start near your roots. Let your hair dry naturally in the air. As the braids dry, they will form the kinks and waves. When fully dry, unfasten the hair ties and carefully undo the braids, setting free your new boho waves.
Ocean salt water is second to none when it comes to creating those “piecey”, natural-looking waves. To achieve this at home spray your hair all over with sea salt spray, scrunching it deep in with your fingers. To get an even curlier look, try curling strands of hair around your fingers. There are several brands of sea salt spray available to buy or you can easily make your own for a fraction of the price. To make your own simply fill a spray bottle with one cup of hot water and add 2 tbsp Epsom salts, ½ tsp sea salt, and ½ tsp almond oil.
Using a Curling Iron
Begin by choosing the right curling iron. For loose, natural looking waves, choose one with a large barrel. If you would prefer tighter waves, choose one with a smaller barrel. Tighter curls will also last longer, especially for those with straight hair.
Ensuring your hair is fully dry, separate it into pieces and wrap one around the curling iron at a 45-degree angle. Hold it in place for a minute, then gently loosen it and let it slip off the curling iron. Repeat with the rest of your hair. For more control over your waves, curl each piece a section at a time. Start near your roots, wrapping the top of your hair around the curling iron and holding it in place for a minute. Wrap the middle part of the same piece of hair and hold that in place for a minute. Wrap the end of the same piece of hair and hold that in place for a minute. Repeat with the rest of your hair. When you have finished with the curling iron, tousle your hair with your fingers, loosening the curls and creating the bouncy, flowing waves. For extra texture and definition apply sea salt spray or mousse as you tousle your hair.