Easy, Beachy Hair for Wavy Gals (+ Summer Hair Giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site! (And my hair.)


First things first. My hair is SO LONG right now. I’m getting it cut tomorrow, and couldn’t be more excited. *cue fanfare*

Since it’s summer, I’m giving the good ol’ curling iron a rest, and enhancing my natural waves, which requires a LOT less effort. Hallelujah. Here’s how you can do it in 5 easy steps.


Products used – Ion Summer Shampoo, Ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment, Ion Spray Gel for Wave/Curly Hair, and Ion Texturizing Sea Spray. Also, a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. (All from Sally Beauty.)


1. Wash and towel dry your hair, squeezing any extra moisture out of your hair. Try not to rub the hair – just gently squeeze it.


2. Apply Ion Spray Gel all over your hair.


3. Give it a good scrunch.


4. If you have the time, let your waves air dry, but if you are pressed for time, use a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment to keep hair frizz at bay.



5. After your waves are dry, spray Ion Texturizing Sea Spray to create definition and texture throughout for a true beachy look. I like to twist a few small sections of hair, however, the key is not to fuss with your hair too much – the more fuss, the more frizz. Seriously, that should be a t-shirt slogan. More fuss, more frizz. 

Voilá! Go forth into the summer months like a beachy, mermaid goddess.

Oh oh oh! Did I mention that Sally Beauty is running a fantastic sweepstakes right now? BEACHES RESORTS, PEOPLE. To be specific, a 4 day/3 night Caribbean Vacation to any Beaches Resort. Hmmm, should it be Turks and Caicos or Jamaica? You can enter between 7/1/14 and 7/31/14 right here.

Also! I’m giving away an adorable tote bag filled with Ion products – Ion Dual Voltage Ionic Travel Dryer, Ion Swimmers Shampoo,
Ion Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, and Ion Sun Protection Spray. Just leave a comment here before Monday, July 14th to be entered! And if you can’t wait, you can get a free tote bag when you Buy 3 ION products or 1 ION styling tool appliance at Sally Beauty. Click here for locations.

Cheers to summer!

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  • Sunshine

    July 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I love hair products!

  • Sarah

    July 8, 2014 at 6:19 am

    all that I know about hair styling, I’ve learned from this website!

  • moorni

    July 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

    always looking for ways to tame the frizz, thanks for the tutorial.

  • Mina

    July 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Frizz has been killing me this summer, regardless of what I do! I always do the texturizing beach type spray on my wet hair, going to try it on dry hair. Awesome giveaway!


  • sarah coker

    July 8, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I’d love to win. I’m a product junkie!

  • Ris

    July 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Oh man, I love easy summer hair. This tutorial is right up my alley!

  • Sarah Christine

    July 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

    This curly haired girl would LOVE those products! Excited to see your new cut, I chopped mine last week and it feels so good!

  • Megan

    July 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I really need to master easy waves with my hair. The blow dryer is killing me.

  • Alicia

    July 8, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Awesome hair tips…yours always look great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica

    July 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

    My hair is a curly/wavy/frizz prone combo. I haven’t fussed with my hair routine in a while, but would love to try out Ion (and finally attempt to use my diffuser).

  • Kristen

    July 8, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Maybe if I use these products, my hair will have some beachy waves, instead of laying flat on my head? Or maybe I just need to go to Turks and Caicos to try out real beachy waves!

  • Marissa Johnson

    July 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Love this tutorial, and would love to win some new product :)

  • Leana

    July 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Great hair!

  • Jenn

    July 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Yeah summer hair!

  • Christina W

    July 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Just did an air dry this morning, wish I had some of that sea spray, would have helped. Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin

    July 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Oh man, do I ever have some frizzie wavy hair. I’m always looking for products to tame my mane!!

  • Annaliese

    July 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Can’t wait to see your new hair-do! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen

    July 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Your hair has gotten long! It looks gorgeous, though. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do.

  • Ellen

    July 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Love that look. You look great! I have to say, I never dry my hair once June 1 hits. Just can’t bring myself to do it. So it’s beach waves (a.k.a. beach messy) hair all summer long, and I kinda love it.

  • Crystal

    July 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

    No don’t cut it!! :) Your hair is so gorgeous and I love your hair tutorials. My hair has lots of natural wave…I’m going to try this. Thanks so much!

  • Julie P.

    July 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I do the “beach wave” look all year ’round because I’m too lazy to use a curling iron :)

  • stephanie

    July 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    love this! frizz is the enemy! :)

  • ChrisB

    July 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I keep my hair styling to a minimum year round not just in the summer. It’s always wash with mild shampoo, condition heavily (I live in Palm Springs. With a pool. Hello hay hair) and crunch it into my natural waves/curls. Sometimes I use a bit of sea salt spray if we go out but usually I just put in more leave-in conditioner or hair oil.
    Would love to try the ION products!

  • amy

    July 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I would love to win these products!

  • Lisa

    July 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I love beach hair! I have a salt hairspray that I love but I’d enjoy trying something new!

  • Jenni

    July 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I live in Florida and could always use some extra help pulling off the “beachy waves” look! :)

  • Jenvictoria

    July 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Love your hair and product recommendations. Can’t wait to see pix after your salon visit! yay!

  • Sally

    July 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    My hair is shorter but I think I can use your styling tips! Thanks!

  • Amy

    July 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Beach wave hair is one of my favourite parts of summer! This sounds like a great giveaway.

  • Juliet

    July 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I would buy that T-shirt!

  • Jessica

    July 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve only used sea spray a few times but I’ve been looking for a good option for lots of hair. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Stacey

    July 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    You have the best hair. I haven’t had luck with sea spray before, so I’d love to try this. I have naturally wavy hair, but other products I’ve tried just haven’t done the trick.

  • April

    July 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Looks like good stuff!

  • Michelle R.

    July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I wear my hair like this all the time during the summer! This style is great for short and long hair, the long hair just needs some volume added to the top to even everything out.

  • Catie

    July 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I would LOVE to not have to blow dry and straighten my hair all the damn time! I’m definitely trying your tips ASAP!

  • Joy

    July 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I am majorly envious of your hair. It looks beautiful now but I can’t wait to see the cut!

    I’ve only just recently started to get some waves in my hair (I’m 40 and my hair started to change a bit over the past 2 years) and love them because I’ve always had pin straight hair.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janssen

    July 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I went to the beach this weekend and I was suddenly like “oh, THIS is what beachy hair looks like?” Fan for life.

  • Lianna

    July 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Love the look and the tips! I actually came home from the beach last weekend noticed my hair looks incredibly good, ill definitely be giving this at home beach look a try!

  • Gia

    July 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My long waves are always in desire of new products to help them air dry!

  • dawn

    July 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Ooooo, my daughter needs the swim shampoo and I need everything else!

  • Angela S

    July 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Great tips!! I love summer easy hair

  • Daphne

    July 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Love your hair!!

  • Cindy Aiton

    July 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I definitely need to try these products! Thank you so much for the chance to win them.

  • Nicole

    July 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Will give that a try!

  • Melissa

    July 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Would love to give the curling iron a break this summer!!

  • Julie

    July 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I’d love to try the product!

  • Christy

    July 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I sooooo need that sea spray!!!

  • chrystal

    July 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your new ”do!

  • melinda

    July 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm


  • natalie

    July 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    My hair is just the candidate for this do!

  • Adelina

    July 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Love the tutorial!

  • Kami

    July 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

    With the three of us being girls we need some beach wave help! This stuff looks great! :)

  • Pooja

    July 9, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for the tips!! I’ve been a long time reader of your site and am wondering, is that the hair dryer you use on a regular basis? I’ve been using a T3 for five years now and it’s starting to give out, so I’m looking for a new one. Thanks!

  • Sarah k

    July 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! Beachy waves forever!

  • jen

    July 9, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Your hair looks amazing! Not sure I can get beachy waves in my short hair but I’m definitely going to try!

  • Shannon

    July 9, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I’m keeping my hair long till after my wedding in Spetember, and then chopping a good few inches! But in the meantime? Rocking the casual, air-dry waves and neeeeeed heeeeeeelp to make it more beachy, less ‘I slept on wet hair and it’s mostly dry and then I went out in the humidty and this is what I was left with’. :)

  • Tracey

    July 9, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I’ve been doing this with my wavy/frizzy hair this summer and get to work so much earlier (you know more like on time) than in the past. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  • Andrea

    July 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Oh, wow, do I need this! My hair has just turned wavy over the last 6 months and I am trying to learn how to manage/style my new hair – your tutorials have been a huge help. I love my new beach waves, but would love to take the extra frizz out of them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • JillyL

    July 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

    yeah beach hair!

  • Susan

    July 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Sweet Lordy loo! Pleaseeeee pick me to win the gift bag as a) I love your blog and have been an avid reader/watcher for years b) my hair dryer literally JUST blew up (well to be honest there was only a lot of smoke, no flames….haha..gulp) and c) what I’ve do e with my hair over the last year or so is directly attributable to you and ‘old’ hair Thursday posts.
    Peace out. Susan

  • CarrieO

    July 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love seeing/trying new products for wavy hair, I feel like I’m always on the hunt.

  • kristen mcclary

    July 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    looks great thanks for the giveaway im lucky enough that my hair naturally is wavy like that

  • Mea

    July 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Hmm, a bit of a snob here when it comes to hair products. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Ion line so… thank you for SHOWING me how it can be done, and with super impressive results!

  • beckie

    July 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    OOO-I love trying new hair products!

  • Johanna

    July 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I would love to try those products :)

  • Anja Mansfield

    July 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I would love to try new products!

  • Brooke

    July 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What a great tutorial! I chopped about five inches off for summer and added some pink highlights… but as the long hot months drag on, I become more inclined to just let it do what it wants to. :) These products look awesome.

  • kerrieg

    July 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    didn’t you just chop your hair off?? How does it grow so fast? Ps Biotin makes my hair fall out…

  • Lacey Burd

    July 11, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I’ve been looking for a new hair dryer for a few weeks now and I think this just may be the one for me. Thanks for the great review!

  • lauren

    July 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Started reading to find out how you got that beachy hair look, and found there’s a product give-away. Fingers crossed!

  • Jennifer H.

    July 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This is such a good look!

  • Lynda

    July 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    thanks for another great tutorial; love your long locks!

  • Giselle

    July 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I must try this sea spray stuff! Very intriguing. Does it smell like the beach?

  • shaunie

    July 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Would love to have this when traveling . great products.

  • Brianna

    July 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Uhhh the hair envy I have right now. Your hairs so thick

  • maggie

    July 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I would love to win! I have got the waves, now to make them beachy!

  • Amy Hawk

    July 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Love your hair, sister! And I adore Sally Beauty!

  • Chris

    July 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the give away!

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