Hair Tutorial: How I Make Messy Beach Waves

Hello, my beauties! Today’s post is all about how I make my undone beachy waves. I actually curl my hair this way all year round, BUT I tend to do it more often in the summer. This style only takes me about 8 minutes to do, but it’s always so dark and cold out in the winter that I can’t bear to get out of bed even 8 minutes earlier to curl my hair! Either way, I love this relaxed way of wearing my curls, which makes my hair look polished in an effortless way.

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You don’t need a million hair products to make beachy curls. The four products I use are:


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Anyways, onto the tutorial!

1. My natural hair is stick straight. This is what it looks like when I don’t style it:



2. Before I begin curling, I take my texture spray and thoroughly spray all over my hair. Texture spray was introduced to me by my hairstylist, when I told her that my curls tended to clump together into one big curl every time I tried to curl my hair. The texture spray gives your hair some grit, which helps to separate the curls.

Close up of Verb Sea Texture Spray
I thoroughly spray my hair with texture spray prior to curling my hair. It gives my hair enough grit to hold the curls in shape.

3. When you’re done with the spray, you want your hair to feel thoroughly textured, but not hard and crunchy like it does when you use hairspray.

4. The next step is to divide my hair into two sections, a top and bottom section. I twist the top portion up into a messy bun so that it’s out of the way, but you can also clip it up or whatever you choose. I have shorter layers in my hair, so I try to get all the short layers into the top section so that I’m just working with my longer hair on the bottom section. However, there is absolutely no need to be exact or get it perfectly – the idea is just to get easy access to the bottom layer!

Beach Waves-Tied-Up


5. Finally, we can start curling! I curl my hair in 1 to a 1 and a half inch sections, which you’ll see below. Working with a bigger or smaller section works just fine too, especially with a large barrel – it just gives you a different look.

6. The general rule is your curl your hair AWAY from your face, so for the right side of your hair, you move the barrel clockwise, and for the left side, you curl counterclockwise. I know a lot of people will alternate directions – for example, they’ll curl one section away from the face and the one section towards the face. For me, I find that I often forget which way I curled the previous piece of hair (lol), so I just curl the left side all one direction and the right side all the other direction.

Beach Waves-Curling-Step1
Start at the middle of the section of hair you’ve chosen

7. Separate a 1 – 1 and 1/2 inch section from the bottom layer, and I place the barrel in the very middle of the section. Clamp down, and then twist the barrel away from your face and angling it upwards so it curls around the hair closest to the top of the scalp. I usually hold for 3 seconds.

8. Very loosely open up the clamp, just enough to slide the barrel down your hair about two inches so that it wraps around a section of uncurled hair. Hold for another three seconds, and then open up the clamp and continue sliding the barrel down again.

9. As you near the end of your hair, leave about an inch uncurled like in the photo below. This tends to give the hair a more undone look. I’m pretty random about this – sometimes I forget and curl the entire section up to the ends, sometimes I leave an inch uncurled – I feel like you don’t have to be too exact. Just don’t leave TOO much of the section uncurled, otherwise your curls will look strange and unnatural.

Beach Waves-Curling-Step3
I always try to leave about an inch uncurled at the end, it just makes for more relaxed waves.

10. Once you are done the bottom layer of your hair, let the top layer down from the bun. Repeat steps 5-9 with the top layers. Important note: if you alternate directions when curling, make sure the two front pieces framing your face are curling AWAY from your face. It looks a lot more flattering when the front pieces are curled away from the face.

11. This is what my hair looks like once I am done curling it. You can always leave it as is at this point, but the curls are a bit too perfect for my personal preference.



12. Wait until your hair is completely cooled down. Generously spray sea spray all over your hair. Now use your fingers to comb through your curls. If they don’t look piecey enough, spray more sea spray into it. You might think using sea spray is the same as putting water into your hair, but that’s not the case. The salt content in sea sprays give it texture you wouldn’t get from water.



13. An optional step is to apply some hair oil. I don’t always do this, but it feels nice when my hair is feeling or looking particularly dry. I apply this to the hair from my ears down, and especially focus on the ends. What I love about the ghost oil is how light it is. It smooths out my hair, making it look shiny and soft without feeling heavy or making my hair look greasy.




After applying the Ghost Oil, this is what the final result looks like:


I wear my curls like this most of the time, but honestly, it can also look different every time. Sometimes it’s even looser, sometimes the curls are more “perfect” looking. I took three different shots of my hair on three different days, and they all look different-ish, as you will see below. I recently added a ton of layers to my hair (the step-by-step photos are my “new” hair) and it’s been a learning curve working with all of the layers!

Sometimes my hair will look like this.
…and sometimes it will look like this!

That’s it, my friends! Curling your hair is not an exact science, and you can actually get away with a lot – the only thing that matters is that you don’t leave any straight pieces, haha. What are your secrets to making messy beach waves?

13 thoughts on “Hair Tutorial: How I Make Messy Beach Waves

  1. Absolutely LOVE your beach waves! They totally look effortless and fun and I love that they only take 8 minutes to do!
    I just love the look of wavy hair, especially in the summer. I’m going to have to try this out! My hair is a bit shorter but I’m sure the technique should work the same.


    • THANK YOU, Dal! I totally agree that wavy hair is fun for the summer! I usually have shorter hair than what I have now, and you can use the same technique for shorter hair 🙂 let me know how it goes if you give it a try!


  2. Your hair looks so good styled like this! I’m so awful at curling my hair. Whenever I go to the salon I get them to curl my hair because I can never get the same results at home. I need to try that texture spray, I’ve never used something like that. Great post!

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    • That was me for the longest time – I couldn’t figure out how to curl my hair the way they do at the salon until my hairdresser introduced me to texture spray! It honestly changed my life in terms of curling my hair hahaha. It doesn’t matter what brand you use, they all work the same! Honestly, it just takes a lot of practice and the right products, and you’ll get it!


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