14 Ways to Style Beach Waves for Short Hair

Beach waves for short hair

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of beach waves for short hair. Be sure to save one or more pictures to show your stylist, and ask them how to do diy beach waves at home.

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 in short hair ever seen in Hollywood include those of Jennifer Lawrence, Lucy Hale, Nicole Richie, and Dianna Agron, proving that an incredibly textured beach wave hairstyle is always fitting.

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 styles of beach waves for short hair below:

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Ocean Waves on Short Hair

Ocean Waves on Short Hair
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To achieve ocean waves on short hair, use sea salt spray, then scrunch, then let loose. These three easy steps to get this suave chill-out style, especially for women with black fine hair!

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, a short bob with delicate waves makes you look like a doll. Curl hair and brush out to mellow out the waves.

Beach Waves for Short Hair Using a Flat Iron at Home

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 with when sporting a beach waves hairstyle. Beach waves for short hair contributes to the overall body of your hair. Also, 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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Every angle and feature of these ombre beach waves and short hair truly captivates the hair color, curls, and cut!

Boho Inspired Beachy Curls

Boho Inspired Beachy Curls
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Highlight your boho inspired beachy curls and dark roots by putting little flower pins in your hippie braids or around your head for a festival beachy wave look.

Effortless Beachy Hair with a Curl

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

Beach Waves on Very Short Hair

Beach Waves for Very Short Hair
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Make way for beach waves on very short hairstyles like bobs and pixie cuts! Sea salt spray your way to gorgeous ripples on your dark brown locks.

Textured Beach Wave on Shorter Hair

Textured Beach Wave on Shorter Hair
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The easiest way to get a textured beach wave on shorter hair is to spritz on some sea salt hair spray and scrunch your ends afterward. Instant vacation vibes!

Heatless Beach Waves Natural ‘Do

Heatless Beach Waves
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One way to heatless beach waves 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!

Easy Short Layered Hair with Beachy Waves

Short layered hair with beachy waves should be heavily textured, like this 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.

According to stylist and owner of Camellia Hair and Beauty in Queensbury, NY, Rachel Lott explains, “the girl in the photo 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 thick hair up!”

When it comes to styling, Lott says “to finish 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

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.

Ombre and balayage specialist, Yvette Sandoval, from Salon Amore’ in Gilbert, AZ, says, “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.”

Sandoval adds, “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 beachy hair products and proper education from your stylist.”

Subtle Waves on Medium to Short Hair

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 curling short hair, use a 1-inch curling iron followed by finger combing the curls to create loose waves.

Kathryn Di Gioia, owner of Di Gioia’s Beauty Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA, says “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 dry texturizing spray, creams, textured paste, and salt sprays.”

She adds, “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 with a Curling Iron

This light blonde 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 for short hair using a Chi 1-inch curling wand and Joico texturing spray. Go for a beach wave 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.

Hairstylist Chelsea Brevik of Jamie’s Hair Designs in Thousand Oaks, CA, says, “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.”

Chelsea also gives us a quick beach wave hair tutorial stating, “if you want to have cute 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 and dry hair with no heat. As far as products go for styling you would need a leave-in conditioner, a heat protectant if your leave-in doesn’t have any, dry shampoo, and texturizing spray.”