Beachy waves aka the hair waves style is everywhere we look. On the catwalk, in our salons and all over our social feeds, we can’t away from how it’s taking over our hearts and minds. We need to get the hair waves style at home.

Why is it so popular? Because it’s more than a look, it’s a attitude, a lifestyle. It says hey, it says cool, relaxed, it says effortlessly gorgeous. It says ‘Oh my hair? I just woke up like this. *flounce*’

We’re about to tell you everything you need to know about the hair waves style and how you can get the bombshell look at home.

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What is the hair waves style?

The hair waves style is the perfect blend of cool and relaxed texture that can be worn loose or more defined.

It’s different from curly hair in that the waves run down the length of your hair to create an outrageously sexy style. Whether you choose long waves or a more structured look, the hair wave style is completely versatile for any length, thickness or colour of hair.

Check out the latest wavy hair looks for ideas and inspiration.

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Is the hair waves style bad for coloured hair?

Waving your hair risks fading your colour because you typically need to use heated styling tools like curling wands, straighteners or hair wavers to achieve the look. Heat damages the colour pigments in your hair and can make them fade faster.

Always, always use a heat protection spray before, during and after you style with heated tools.

Will the hair waves style suit me?

The great news is that the soft tendrils that make up the hair waves style frame every face and compliment every kind of complexion, so there is sure to be a style you can pull off and make your own.

Hair waves are versatile and universally flattering. They can look fabulous on any length of hair, short hair or long hair (with exception of the pixie cut!) and add texture and volume, no matter what condition your hair is in.

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How do I get the hair waves style?

There are three methods you can use to get those beachy goddess vibes:

Let’s find out more about the pros and cons of them all!


Method#1: Hair waves style without heat.

Yes, it is possible to get the hair waves style without any heat at all! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Plait or braid your hair and sleep on it.

The most common way you’ll know to get the hair waves style is by braiding you hair and sleeping on it.

For this, we recommend spritzing your slightly damp hair with some Sea Salt texture Spray. This will give it texture and volume for natural, tousled waves.

Then braid or plait your hair and leave it overnight. In the morning, voila! You’ll be greeted with wonderful waves that should last all day with some strong holding hairspray.

Use a head band.

This is another overnight trick using a headband to create a more defined, curlier look.

To create your hair waves style, apply some nourishing hair serum like this. Then just loop slightly damp hair around a headband placed horizontally like a crown on your head!

Leave your hair wound around the headband overnight, then simply take the headband off in the morning and free your curls!

Use..er…socks?!

Yes, you read that right! This crazy sounding trend for waving hair using a pair of socks went viral with ‘How to’ films popping up all over Tik Tok.

We’re yet to try it as it looks fiddly to do and also…socks in your hair right?! The Coloured Hair Care jury is out on that.

Pros of the no-heat method.

  • Cheap. You probably have everything you need at home already. You can do it TONIGHT! If the feeling takes you.
  • Effective. No-heat really does work to achieve the beach waves look and you’re saving your colour in the process.

Cons of the no-heat method.

  • Sleeping with plaited, slightly damp hair is not for everyone.
  • You have less control over the waves – you’ll only know the result after hours of having your hair tied up.
  • The no-heat method is not so good for thicker hair and is unlikely to last as long as if you use heat to style and set your silken wavy mane.

Best for: Finer hair and looser waves.


Method#2 How to get beach waves with a straightener.

Ah, our friends the straighteners! We have long known that the best straighteners are not just for straightening hair and this new beachy waves trend is where they prove their multiple talents.

Using straighteners to get beachy waves gives you more control over your hair waves style.

Using a pair of straighteners that are suitable for coloured hair means you’re free to experiment without wrecking your colour. We love the ghd Gold Stylers more than any other. You can check out why in our Spotlight Review.

You can create unstructured, high-volume, tousled waves by wrapping your hair around the barrel of your straighteners and twisting it back and forth to create the waves.

Or you can go for more flowing waves that cascade down the lengths of your hair for a more chilled and relaxed vibe.

After styling, you can brush out the waves using a quality, natural bristle paddle brush and finish with a good shine spray.

Pros of using straighteners.

  • Quick to do, gives a professional wavy finish.
  • You have control over the waves you create as you do them.
  • It’s versatile, you can create many wavy looks.
  • It lasts, the heat helps to set the hair wave style for longer.

Cons of using straighteners.

  • Using straighteners can help to fade your hair colour.
  • It can be tricky to master the hair waving techniques.
  • So you might not end up with the waves you want!

Best for: Creating a variety of wavy hair looks.


Method#3 Hair waves style using hair wavers.

Hair wavers are the latest hair styling tool to hit our beauty making collection.

They ain’t pretty, but these innovative stylers use multiple barrels to mould your hair into gorgeous flowing waves. Different wavers have various barrel shapes to create either tight, loose, or S-shaped waves.

Check out the Best hair wavers for beachy waves at home.

Toni & Guy Deep Barrel Hair Waver.

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Using a hair waver is easy because making waves in our hair is what they were made to do. The beauty of the hair wavers is that they do all the hard work for you.

You use them a lot like straighteners where you work on sections of your hair on by one, from root to tip. But with the wavers, you have to clamp them down on your hair for 20 seconds or so at intervals to create the waves all the way down the length of your hair.

Watch out! These get very hot, but you can adjust the temperature if your hair is finer to protect you colour. Thicker hair will need the heat.

The best thing about using hair wavers is that your hair waves style will stay in for longer. You can wave your hair for a night out and it’ll still be there the next night too. Perfect.

Pros of using a hair waver.

  • It’s cheaper than a straightening iron.
  • The waves last.
  • It’s quick and easy to do.
  • It has adjustable setting for styles and temperatures.

Cons of using a hair waver.

  • It gets very hot! Be careful, or you’ll frazzle your colour.

Best for: Thick hair and effortless waves that last.


How do I look after my hair waves style?

Look after your hair waves style and the waves should last from 1-2 days. And more if you’re lucky.

When you’ve finished styling (and /or brushing), make sure you set the style with a strong, conditioning hairspray.

And always remember to follow our guidance on How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.

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