DIY Summer ‘Do: How to Get Beachy Waves in 5 Simple Steps

Woman's beachy waves

Here’s how to get beachy waves – minus the beach.

Who doesn’t love the effortless, laid-back look of beachy waves? They’re super-easy to create and achievable for practically every hair type. It’s a timeless hairstyle that will never lose its luster – best of all, you can score this look in the comfort of your own home.

“Any woman whose hair is past their collar bone to mid-back has a perfect length to achieve beachy waves,” says hair expert and celebrity stylist Jin Bang. “It takes a little more prep work for ladies with straight hair, but it’s still a very achievable look.”

Courtesy of Bang, here’s how to get beachy waves and that boho chic look in 5 simple steps:

What You’ll Need

Step 1
Saturate your hair with water from root to tip.

Step 2
Apply the amount of pomade necessary for your hair type. For example, if you have kinky/frizzy hair that’s dense from living in a humid area, apply pomade to your whole head. If you have medium to light waves, lightly apply pomade everywhere but your roots: This will give you volume and won’t weigh your hair down.

Step 3
Decide how big you want your beachy waves to be. This will help determine how many braids you’ll need: More braids equals more waves, while less equals a softer look. Once you’ve decided, braid your hair accordingly.

Dutch braid closeup
Dutch Braid Image: BrittReneePhotography

French braid close-up
French Braid Image: Wicker Paradise

Step 4
Attach the diffuser to your blowdryer, putting it on high heat and medium/low power. Only heat the braids from mid-to-ends of your hair and let your roots dry naturally. If you don’t have a natural wave, let your hair dry thoroughly before taking the braids out. If you have wavy/curly hair, it’s okay to let out your braids when your hair still has a bit of dampness to it.

Step 5
Slowly shake out your braids until you’re at your desired level of beachy waves. Apply a penny-sized dollop of pomade to shape and mold your beachy waves to perfection.

Voila! Are beachy waves your go-to summer look?

Jin BangJin Bang has taught cutting edge styling techniques in over 75 cities across North America, and has represented industry giants such as Bumble and Bumble, Neuma Beauty and Prive Salon and Products. While working with Prive, he flew from coast to coast and worked on celebrities like Demi Lovato, Busy Philips, Jordana Brewster and Kim Kardashian. Jin has decided to rebrand his LA biz by offering high-end services at medium prices.



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Krissy Brady

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