Feel and wear the cool ocean waves on your hair without needing to go on a summer vacay by simply recreating one of these trendsetting beachy waves hairstyles! The ultimate cool babe look – beach waves hair is what you call any textured, loose, and effortless wavy hair that is anything but boring! The perfect mix of gritty and sexy strands makes it one of the hottest hairstyles, not just during summer, but any time of the year.
No need to spend more than a few minutes to give your hair a sea-inspired look, as these breezy tresses do not need to be perfectly done. Grab your curling iron, flat iron, or wand and go for a tousled, lazy, and casual style, finished with a sea salt spray for an all-day texture! Your fingers are your best tools to create this California beach look. Simply run them down your strands to loosen and shake out your locks.
So before your next hair appointment, check out these photos to find your next beach waves hairstyle.
Summer Balayage Waves
Surfer tousles for the summer! Sun-dipped blonde hair styled into loose waves to amp up your vacation. Finish the style off with a texturizing spray to boost the texture and movement.
Sun-Kissed Shaggy Waves
Sun-kissed shaggy beach waves can be worn if you have fine or thick hair. For fine hair, add in a few layers for extra texture.
Chic Ponytail with Voluminous Waves
Add a chic ponytail with voluminous waves to make finer hair appear fuller with a stunning updo. Adding waves to your ponytail and a little gentle back-combing instantly bulks up the hair and makes it appear fuller. Try a little back-combing underneath the crown and let the hair smooth over the top for extra oomph.
Half-up Half-down Waves with a Braid
Try half-up half-down waves with a braid whether your hair is short or long. It’s such a versatile style that can be worn day or night and completely changes your look from just wearing it down. Adding braids adds extra detail and can be as simple or complicated as you can manage.
Short Beach Waves Hair Do
Make that everyday look more interesting by adding wispy waves and chestnut brown highlights to dark brown hair. Perfect for ladies with a straight hair type who want to flaunt some curls for an added pop. Mimic the waves by using a flat iron for easier manipulation.
Tousled Beach Waves Perm
What a perfectly undone way to change your thin hair! These rose gold medium-length tousled waves are the next Hollywood favorite! Incorporating those subtle highlights are sure to enhance dimension in these undone waves.
Beach Waves Weave
Set the mood for date night with a golden ombre beach waves weave, which exudes elegance and sexiness all at once. If you want to add a little pop to the style, opt for braids on one side.
Blonde Loose Beach Waves with Dark Roots
A full head of fine highlights for beautiful beach hair! Ends that look nice and light and have the right amount of brightness, but still maintain a modern rooty look.
Wavy Medium Length Hair
Show off your medium length soft locks in a natural-looking hairstyle like these honey-highlighted waves. Styling with a middle part makes it perfect for round and short faces!
Gorgeous Ombre with Beachy Waves
Stylist Constance created this black to rose gold melt that’s surely pleasing to the eyes! Styled with deeply waved strands, this beach waves hair is the definition of effortless beauty!
Beach Waves for Long Hair
The easiest way to add a bit of definition to your natural tresses – add loose ripples and beachy ends for a complete blonde babe look for long hair! If wanting to add fullness to shorter hair, opt for some hair extensions.
Shoulder Length Dirty Blonde Waves
“This is my idea of a California blonde,” says stylist Thalia Ramirez of Santa Ana, CA. “I created these messy waves with a balayage technique in order to give her a seamless blend and a “rooty” look so she doesn’t have to get this touched up every month.”
Ramirez loves the contrast between the dark and blonde, giving it the perfect amount of dimension, and the bombshell beach waves just show it off perfectly.
There is some maintenance to this dirty blonde color. Ramirez recommends professional-grade products. “Purple shampoo is a must to hold on to that blonde intensity and keep out brassy tones. I recommend Redken Color Extend Blonde. For the beach wave style, I use a 1 1/2″ curling iron and I finish it up by breaking up the curls with Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine and spray it with some Kenra professional platinum dry texture spray,” she adds.
No Heat Waves
These no heat waves were created by stylist Melissa Scoffield of Long Jetty, NSW. “To enhance the natural beauty of soft waves, encourage their natural movement,” says Scoffield.
“To encourage these natural elements, I took some length away and used a slicing technique to shatter the line – not layering. This allows the weight to be lifted from the internal section, encouraging the natural movement and creating soft, textured waves,” she explains.
This is such a versatile look and can be recreated at any length, ideally for those with wave or movement. These textured beach waves are the perfect synergy to live a free-spirited, low maintenance lifestyle by the sea.
Wavy Short Bob
This wavy short bob has a “barely there” texture. “These bombshell beachy waves are messy and unrefined,” says stylist and salon owner Jen Lindley of Lake Placid, FL.
“The cutest thing about this look is the volume I get when I simply flip it to one side with a heavy part and then pull the bangs forward to frame my face,” says Lindley.
She adds, “If you are considering this look, it’s best if you have medium to thick hair that your stylist can cut to a non-angled bob and then texturize a lot.”
For styling, she recommends Puff Me volumizing powder by Design.Me that conveniently comes in a pump to spray at the roots! Then use Biolage Texturizing Styling Spray to give your hair the perfect amount of separation for this style!
Ash Blonde Lob with Waves
This ash blonde lob with waves was created by senior stylist Jessica Chave of Kelowna, BC. “Loose waves accentuate the long textured layers which makes it the perfect style for this haircut. The great thing about it is that ladies can wear this wavy layered hairstyle on formal events, such as a wedding or even a prom,” explains Chave.
She also insists you invest in a good purple shampoo!” This will be a lifesaver and keep your blonde from becoming brassy. I personally love Fanola No Yellow shampoo. To get your hair blonde enough to show ash tones usually means bleach, so a deep conditioner with protein to help rebuild protein bonds once or twice a week is a must. Expect to rebook for about 6-8 weeks for a root touch-up or toner (or both) to maintain this color.”
This beachy bob was created by owner and stylist Mallory Baker of Tulsa, OK.
Baker feels this cut can go for any hair density and is flattering on most face shapes. To keep it fresh, visit the salon every 3-4 months.
If you have medium-length thin fine hair, ask your stylist to create extra weight at the ends by cutting the perimeter at graduation, and keeping the layers minimal. Ask for the angle that creates weight, not removes it.
“It’s very easy to round brush for extra volume. Straighten for sleekness or wave for a lived-in look that will last several days,” she states.
“We styled these effortless waves with Kevin.Murphy Body Builder for body and the illusion of more density, and Anti-Gravity for volume, grip, and heat protection. After curling, we finished with Bedroom Hair for some light messy texture,” she explains.
Long Beach Waves
Summeriffic vibes coming your way with loose curls and full bangs! Achieve the style using a curling iron or giving your damp hair a twist and scrunching it for natural-looking waves, or simply let your hair air dry to optimal results!