How To Get: Beach Waves

Summer is pretty much over but there’s really no bad time for beach waves. Especially in southern California. We thought we’d make things a little bit easier for you by showing you a few different ways to get amazing beach curls, no matter your hair type.

First up: Salt Spray. This method is great for bringing out the natural waves in your hair, and has some added benefits other than creating gorgeous waves: it can add volume if you have thin, fine hair and it can also decrease unwanted frizz. You can even make your own salt spray to save some cash. All you need is water, a few teaspoons of sea salt, and a spray bottle. Experiment with the salt to water ratio to find what works best for you. Generally, the more salt you add, the more texture you’ll get in your hair.

Here’s how to use it to get beach waves: Step 1: spray some onto wet or damp hair (a little bit goes a long way!) Step 2: Cup some of your ends in your hand and scrunch them up to your roots. Step 3: Repeat. Step 4: Let it air dry, and you’re done! Keep in mind that this stuff can be pretty drying so make sure you’re using a moisturizer of some kind and be careful not to use the salt spray too often. And if you’re making your own, put a few drops of something moisturizing, like a conditioner into the mixture.

Next: Waving Iron. Also known as a 3-barrel curling iron, this is probably the quickest method. Just separate your hair into sections and, starting closer to your roots, clamp down and hold for a few seconds. Move down that section of hair, and repeat. Finish with a holding spray and you’re done. Remember to use a heat protectant during this process (the best method is to spray as you go), so that your hair doesn’t suffer any heat damage.

And lastly, if you’d rather go without the curling iron, here’s a quick and easy path to beach waves, courtesy of the HowDoesShe? Blog:

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Step 1. Dampen your hair with a spray bottle or let it semi air dry after washing it.

Step 2. Part your hair into four sections. They don’t have to be sectioned perfectly. Tie them off to keep them separated from each other. Spray each section lightly with hair spray.

Step 3. Start twisting your hair in the direction you want your curl to be. I twisted mine away from my face. Keep twisting until it tightens to the point it starts to coil on its own.

Step 4. Coil it into a tight bun and then use bobby pins to keep it in place.

Step 5. Blow your hair until it’s dry. The longer you dry it, the tighter your curl will be.

Step 6. Undo the bobby pins and take your buns out of their coil.

Step 7. Separate your curls using your fingers and then scrunch to add some body.

Step 8. You’re finished! Lightly spray with hair spray then you’re good to go!

Something to keep in mind is, obviously, the wetter your hair is to begin with, the longer it takes to dry. The longer you dry the “buns” the tighter the curls will be. This is great for a nice tight curl look! If you have shorter hair, it works better to use more sections. If you have curly/wavy hair, it works best to make your “buns” as tight as possible and dry them for a little longer.

Let Salon 401 know if you tried any of these techniques, and let us know how well they worked.

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