15 Smoking Ways to Get Beach Waves Hair

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 make 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. Go for a tousled, lazy, and casual style finished with a sea salt spray for an all-day texture, and that’s it! Your fingers are your best tools to create this California beach chick look. Simply run them down your strands to loosen and shake out your locks.

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!

Summer Balayage Waves

Summer Balayage Waves
Instagram @maloriemhair

Surfer tousles for the summer! Sun-dipped blonde hair styled into loose waves to amp up your vacation.

Short Beach Waves Hair Do

Beach Waves for Short Hair
Instagram @lekollectiv

Make that everyday look more interesting by adding chestnut brown highlights to dark brown hair. Perfect for ladies who want their curls to have some pop.

Beach Waves Perm

Beach Wave Perm
Instagram @thomas.goh

What a perfectly undone way to change your hair! These rose gold medium-length waves tousled to excellence are the next Hollywood favorite!

Beach Waves Weave

Beach Waves Weave
Instagram @hapinhairlounge

Set the mood for date night with a golden ombre look which exudes elegance and sexiness all at once.

Loose Beach Waves

Loose Beach Waves
Instagram @hairbyloriolivia

A full head of fine highlights for such a beautiful result! Ends that look nice and light and have the right amount of brightness but still maintain a modern rooty look.

Wavy Medium Length Hair

Wavy Medium Length Hair
Instagram @ashleapenfold

Show off your soft locks in a natural-looking hairstyle like this honey-highlighted waves. Styling with a middle part makes it perfect for round and short faces!

Gorgeous Ombre with Beachy Waves

Gorgeous Ombre with Beachy Waves
Instagram @constancerobbins

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

Beach Waves for Long Hair
Instagram @nicoleblanck_hairbytonizambito

The easiest way to add a bit of definition to your natural tresses – add loose ripples for a complete blonde babe look!

Summer Balayage Waves

Summer Balayage Waves
Instagram @maloriemhair

Shoulder Length Dirty Blonde Waves

Shoulder Length Dirty Blonde Waves
Instagram @locksbythalia

Q&A with style creator, Thalia Ramirez
Hairstylist @ The Salon By InStyle in Santa Ana, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is my idea of a California blonde. I created this 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. I love the contrast between the dark and blonde giving it the perfect amount of dimension, and the beach waves just show it off perfectly.

Any advice for someone considering it?

There is some maintenance to this color. I would recommend 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.

No Heat Waves

No Heat Beach Waves
Instagram @moxie.and.muse

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Scoffield
Founder & Director @ Moxie + Muse in Long Jetty, NSW


How would you describe this look?

Our philosophy and favorite thing to do is to always enhance natural beauty, so for this look, my goal was to encourage natural movement.

Chloe has thick hair with a natural wave, however, this movement was almost non-existent because it was too long and heavy, weighing the hair down.

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 her natural movement and creating texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is such a versatile look and can be recreated at any length, ideally for those with wave or movement.

For styling, I lightly massaged the OWAY Flux Potion through roots to lengths and continued to scrunch it in my hands while blow-drying. Once dried, I continued with GHD curve classic wave wand to create the undone, effortless look. Then a light mist of Urban Tribe 06.5 Sea Water Spray and a sprinkle of Urban Tribe 05.6 powder style to encourage texture and movement.

Chloe’s textured beach waves are the perfect synergy to her free-spirited, low maintenance lifestyle by the sea.

Wavy Short Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jen Lindley
Salon Owner & Stylist @ Hair and Beauty by Jen in Lake Placid, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is wavy with a “barely there” texture. It’s messy and unrefined and looks best paired with a good makeup day and a cute outfit!

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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

I used Puff Me volumizing powder by Design.Me, which conveniently comes in a pump to spray at the roots! Then Biolage Texturizing Styling Spray to give my hair the perfect amount of separation for this style!

Ash Blonde Lob with Waves

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Chave
Senior Stylist @ Crimson Hair Salon in Kelowna, BC


How would you describe this look?

This color is edgy and on trend while still being low maintenance! Loose waves accentuate the long textured layers which makes it the perfect style for this haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Invest in a good purple shampoo! This will be a life saver 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.

Beachy Bob

Beachy Bob
Instagram @malbake

Q&A with style creator, Mallory Baker
Owner / Stylist @ Stag and Doe Salon in Tulsa,OK


How would you describe this look?

This particular client only comes in for a cut every 3-4 months. She loves the way it grows out! The best thing about it is that it is versatile and easy to style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I personally feel this can go for nearly any hair density and is flattering on most face shapes. This particular client has very thin fine hair, so we create extra weight at the ends with cutting the perimeter at graduation and keeping her layers minimal and at an angle that creates weight, not removes it.

It’s very easy to round brush for extra volume, straighten for sleekness or wave (as shown) for a lived in a look that will last for several days!

We styled this 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!

Long Beach Waves

Long Beach Waves
Instagram @aliceemilyinny

Summeriffic vibes coming your way with loose curls and full bangs!