14 Ways to Style Beach Waves for Short Hair

Beach waves for short hair

Beach waves for short hair is a hairstyle with loose, textured waves that start midway down the hair. More and more gals are digging the messy, woke-up-like-this look, and beach waves couldn’t look any edgier than in chopped hair!

There are a number of ways to get this surf babe style easily, even for short hair. Using heat tools like a straightener, flat iron, curling iron or simply sectioning your strands into mini buns are the most common methods to own this style. Of course, styling products such as creams and salt sprays are a must to make the best out of it!

The hottest beach waves ever seen in Hollywood include those of Jennifer Lawrence, Lucy Hale, Nicole Richie, and Dianna Agron, proving that this incredibly textured hairstyle is always fitting not just on vacays but also on every day to red carpet events.

If you are up for an effortless style that only requires minimal time to prep, this shaggy, undone hair is for you to embrace! Check out these popular looks on beach waves for short hair, so you can get this cool girl cut ASAP!

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Beach Waves for Short Hair

Beach Waves for Short Hair
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If you’ve been blessed with fuller hair, you get to enjoy having short hair more! There’s a lot to play around now that you also sport waves which contribute to the overall body of your hair. A flat iron is great for creating these small waves.

Ombre Beach Waves and Short Hair

Ombre Beach Waves and Short Hair
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The color, the curls, the cut! Every angle and feature of this style truly captivates what a fun lady is!

Boho Inspired Beachy Curls

Boho Inspired Beachy Curls
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Coachella season is just around the corner! Put on little flower pins in your hippie braids for a festival look.

Effortless Beachy Hair

Effortless Beachy Hair
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The keyword here is effortless: go over hair with some mousse or tie it up for an hour and you’ve got easy waves!

Ocean Waves on Short Hair

Ocean Waves on Short Hair
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Sea salt spray then scrunch then let loose. These three easy steps to achieve this suave chill-out style!

Tousled Beach Curls

Tousled Beach Curls
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No matter the cut or style, soft waves do fit any hair type. Not just for that summery look, messy beach curls transcend all seasons!

Short Bob with Beach Waves

Short Bob with Beach Waves
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Posh and perky, short hair with delicate waves makes you look like a doll. Curl hair and brush out to mellow out the waves.

Beach Waves on Very Short Hair

Beach Waves for Very Short Hair
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Make way for short bobs and pixie cuts! Sea salt spray your way to gorgeous ripples on your locks.

Textured Beach Wave on Shorter Hair

Textured Beach Wave on Shorter Hair
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The easiest way to do this is to spritz on some sea salt spray and scrunch your ends afterward. Instant vacation vibes!

Heatless Beach Waves

Heatless Beach Waves
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One way to do it is to twist your hair in a bun right after getting out of the shower. Keep it on for around an hour then let loose!

Short Layered Hair with Beachy Waves

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Lott
Owner / Stylist @ Camellia Hair and Beauty in Queensbury, NY

How would you describe this?

This is heavily textured and slightly short inverted bob. These easy beach waves have a fun secret; about 1/3 of the hair is actually a very short clippered undercut. The girl in the photos has thick curly hair, so this technique collapses the shape of the cut, keeping the back from being bulky or triangular. It’s also a fun wavy hairstyle for when she wears her hair up!

What’s your best advice?

To finish your styling, use a lotion for moisture and shine on your natural beach curls, then loosely wrap around a 1″ iron, alternating directions for tousled beachy waves.

Messy Beach Waves Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Yvette Sandoval
Ombre/Balayage Specialist @ Salon Amore’ in Gilbert, AZ


How would you describe this?

This is a shattered lob, as it has lots of texture for a beachy flowy vibe! When getting beach waves, curl in the opposite directions. When you curl the top part of your hair, curl straight up at the base to ensure all that volume stays in place.

What’s your best advice?

Use Bumble and Bumble thickening line for all the volume, and Moroccan Oil texture sprays to give it lots of texture and that messy beachy wave. The shattered lob is a very versatile cut and will look good on women with any type of hair. Styling may take more effort with certain types of hair and texture but can be achieved with the right products and proper education from your stylist.

Subtle Waves on Medium to Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kathryn Di Gioia
Owner @ Di Gioia’s Beauty Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA


How would you describe this?

Subtle waves on medium to short hair? Yes, please! This cut was kept at a decent length with long layers, followed by lots of texture for that beach vibe. As for styling, use a 1-inch curling iron followed by finger combing the curls to create loose waves.

What’s your best advice?

When it comes to hairstyles for wavy hair, less is more! Think effortless, easy, low maintenance. Women think more is better when in actuality it’s not. Desired products for these beachy-looking waves would be any texturizing spray, creams, textured paste, and salt sprays.

For hair type, the straighter the hair and less curly the better! If you have a more textured style hair or more curl then, of course, you’ll have to put in the extra work as to smoothing out your hair and getting it perfect the way you’d want it.

Beach Wave Hair Tutorial

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Brevik
Stylist @ Jamie’s Hair Designs in Thousand Oaks, CA


How would you describe this?

This textured bob haircut is very popular right now, especially the beach waves. With this bob haircut,  you can wear it straight and sleek or super fun tousled with beach waves.

Create your beach waves using a Chi 1-inch curling iron and Joico texturing spray. Go for a bob haircut if you have an oval face shape. Face shapes play a big part in choosing the right haircut to accentuate certain features. If you choose a haircut that doesn’t work well with your face shape it will accentuate features you may not want the eye to be drawn to.

What’s your best advice?

Be aware of higher maintenance. If you’re a woman who doesn’t want monthly visits to the salon for color and haircuts stay away from this cut.

If you want to have beach waves, you have to curl your hair every day to create this style. Just don’t do it daily because too much heat can really damage your hair. For example, braid your hair at night, undo the braids in the morning and poof! You’ll have overnight beach waves with no heat. As far as products go for styling you would need a leave-in conditioner, a heat protector if your leave-in doesn’t have any, and texturizing spray.