How to Create Beachy Waves

How about we focus on an easy, less “perfect” look for the summer season?

This tutorial demonstrates how I wear my hair 95% of the time. I certainly enjoy a smooth and straight look, but I just don’t have the time (NOR THE ARM STRENGTH) to blow dry my hair on a daily basis. Plus, as I’ve said here numerous times, wavy/curly girls should celebrate their tresses!

(While this look is easier to create with naturally wavy hair, straight gals can achieve it too! Get your curling irons ready!)

Just remember, the key to this look is NOT trying to make the waves perfect. If you mess with the waves too much, your hair will end up looking frizzy. You are going for a loose, casual and summery vibe!

What you need.


Brush (mainly for bangs)
Beach spray (Some of my favorites here.)
Wax or pomade
Wide-toothed comb
Sock Diffuser

Okay, kiddos! Wash and towel-dry your hair. Comb through tangles with a wide-toothed comb.


Separate your bangs from the rest of your hair.


Blow dry your bangs in the opposite direction that you want them to lay.


I’m telling you, it works!


Flip hair over and and give it a good scrunch.


Spray beach spray all over the hair.




Give hair a nice scrunch again. (This will help create volume and texture for less wavy gals.)


I personally like the way my hair air dries with the beach spray, but if I don’t want to deal with a damp head of hair, I will use my Sedu 4000i hair dryer with the sock diffuser attached. If your hair isn’t terribly wavy, you will want to use the diffuser to help create some bends and volume throughout the hair.

With your hair dryer on the lowest heat setting, diffuse your hair while gently scrunching.


To create more defined waves, twirl your hair and let the dryer work it’s magic.


Tada! Loose, beachy waves.


Now, if your hair needs a little more oomph OR you see some spots that are a little too freaky/frizzy, grab your curling iron. My Hot Tools 1-inch is a godsend. (In my humble opinion, the cheaper gold-barreled ones are WAY better that the more expensive ceramic ones. The curls look nicer and stay put longer.)

Wrap random, small pieces around the barrel of the curling iron without using the clamp.


I usually curl 1-2 small pieces on each side. If your hair is on the less wavy side, you might need more. Remember, you are going for beachy and casual! Don’t overdo it!


Grab your wax orpomade. Rub a tiny amount between your fingers and separate some of the waves for a piecey look.



And voilá! Beachy waves in about 15 minutes!


  1. Chiada

    September 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome tutorial! I have the David Babaii Beach Spray as well and I also love it. I go through phases with my hair but this is a good reminder for me to do the beach waves again. I’ll have to try the sock diffuser thingy. I also like to add just a couple of curls with my iron to the areas that don’t wave up very well, usually the back center for me and a couple in front. You look great!

  2. Tavia

    September 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    You look great. You curls look so natural. Thx for this photo tutorial I will definitely try it out.

  3. samantha jo campen

    September 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Okay that totally makes it seem doable and not a 45 minute procedure. I might just give it a go!
    .-= samantha jo campen´s last blog ..Therapy =-.

  4. Megan @ Mama Bub

    September 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Okay, I MUST perfect this style. Wish me luck!
    .-= Megan @ Mama Bub´s last blog ..Again =-.

  5. holly

    September 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    well i cant wait to try this. i actually just bought the difusers and curling iron (and some kerestase) because of you!

  6. Kirsty

    September 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Your hair here is what I DREAM OF. Left to its own devices my hair achieves a look pretty close to this but it’s a little more curly than yours – not super-spiral curly but the curl starts closer to my scalp & is a bit tighter. Do you have any tips for trying to relax curl a bit to achieve this look? Or at least straightening the top a little so the curl starts lower down? Thanks for the great info on this site! Love.

    Have you tried loosely pulling your hair in a low ponytail during/after styling to help relax the top portion of your hair?

  7. kat

    September 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    not sure if my stick straight hair will work…but i can’t wait to try it!
    .-= kat´s last blog ..quick recap of the things you should know. =-.

  8. brianne

    September 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I use bumble&bumble surf spray on my damp hair and then let my hair air dry. That stuff is magic. I also use a bit of Aveda’s smoothing serum or Brilliantine to smooth and gloss my waves.

    Your hair looks great!

  9. Katelar

    September 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    This looks great and I love the tip about the sock defuser (I always use the giant attachment, but will definitely try that route)! I use a tiny bit of B&B Surf Spray since it is definitely pretty gritty and I also LOVE Fekkai’s Lucious Curls Wave Spray – works wonders!

  10. Tracy D

    September 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I am so trying this. My hair is straight, but a totally weird length due to a hairtastrophe earlier this year. I’ve been looking for a way to easily add some style to my “lob” (long-ish bob…formerly a pob…and before then a hairtastrophe).

    I just bought all my tools from Folica and can’t wait for them to arrive!

    Thanks for breaking this look down into something easy to do at home!
    .-= Tracy D´s last blog ..Today’s Crush – vintagey tourist tees =-.

  11. eboogie

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    thanks for the tutorial and product reccos. was stoked to see that the beach spray is less than 10 bucks – will probably pick up a bottle today!
    .-= eboogie´s last blog ..Trouble in Paradise =-.

  12. Carolyn

    September 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Okay, okay, so I have to admit…after reading this post yesterday morning, I ran out and bought the David Babaii spray and OMG…I love it (and also loved the $3 rebate RiteAid was offering!) I used it this morning and my hair is super soft and the waves/curls are perfect–not all hard and crunchy like with most sprays. Aslo applied with a small amount of Aveda’s smoothing serum and Ta-Da!…perfect beachy hair. Thanks Whoorl for this product tip!

  13. Tammi Marie

    September 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I bought the spray and the curling iron. I love the spray, love the smell. I have really straight hair though and this did not work for me. I have been trying everything and this was the last hope. I just can’t get nice wavy/beachy hair like naturally curly/wavy hair girls can.

  14. sarah

    September 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

    love these tips. the only variation i would make w/ my on-the-curlier-side-of-wavy, fine-but-thick hair would be to skip the combing/brushing on the front end. even w/ a very wide-toothed comb (or my fingers), my curls separate too much and even w/ the perfect combination of products, they look a mess. if i don’t comb through at first before it’s mostly dry, the curls look way better, and i can separate them at the end if i want more body. keep these tutorials coming :)