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5 steps to perfect beach waves

5 steps to perfect beach waves

Beachy waves are the enviable locks we all long for, not only during the summer months but all year round. When perfected these carefree, laid back locks look effortless however, the art of perfecting them takes a little more effort than sunbathing on the sand. Follow our five steps to perfect beach waves for textured, tousled tresses that will look like you’ve just come from the beach!

Step 1: Protect

Before any styling routine, it’s important to protect your hair from heat and environmental aggressors that can damage strands over time, resulting in split ends and dullness. Keep your locks luscious and lively with a leave in spray that will guard against damage.

This all in one leave-in Spray shields against atmospheric pollution, heat damage and colour fading aggressors, perfect for keeping your hair hydrated and healthy when creating your beach waves. The lighweight mist comes with scalp nourishing benefits and strand strengthening properties to completely nourish your locks. Spray onto towel dried hair and comb through for all round protection.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Formulated with conditioning ingredients to tame, soften and smooth, this Protective Primer by haircare experts Bumble and Bumble forms a defensive barrier that prevents breakage and dehydration caused by heat damage. Simply spray all over hair before applying heat and expect to see shinier, sleeker strands.

Step 2: Texture

For the perfect sea-swept waves hair requires texture and body to hold the volume and curves. Add volume and thicken your locks before styling to create a more authentic look.

Herbivore Sea Mist Coconut and Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist

Recreate that wavy, windswept surfer style with this salt and aloe vera blend that will mirror the effects of sea water for a beautiful beachy look. The spray helps to add volume, texture and bounce whilst enhancing moisture and manageability. Whether you have fine hair or thick locks, the spray will add body to thicken your hair. For best results spray the Surf Spray evenly onto damp hair after washing, then style your beach waves.

label.m Sea Salt Spray

This professionally developed formula adds a twist to your tousled style with a modern matte finish. The label.m Sea Salt Spray will thicken the hair, prepping it for styling and gives extra protection against heat styling as well as UV rays; perfect if your planning on wearing your beach waves for a day at the beach!

Step 3: Prep

Prep your hair for styling by making sure it is dry and manageable for creating your desired wavy look. Remove any knots with by brushing through the hair with a de-tangling brush such as the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Detangling Hairbrush that will smooth out any kinks or knots without pulling or snagging the hair. Next loosely blow dry your hair to create body and make sure that it is dried, ready for heat styling. Designed for an effortless blow-dry in minutes, the Tangle Teezer Easy Dry & Go Vented Hairbrush is designed to allow air to style strands whilst the teeth untangle without tugging.

Step 4: Style

Whether you’re using curlers, straighteners or a waver to create your beach waves, the trick to achieving a loose, laid back wave is to not leave the heat styler on your hair for too long to create a looser curl. When styling your desired waves, make sure to split the hair into small sections, the smaller the better for this look. On each section, switch the direction of your curl for a completely natural, ‘I woke up like this’ finish. A waver is the perfect tool for creating this look as it gives a natural looking flow to the hair, when split into small sections to prevent the curls lining up across the whole head. When styled in small strands you are left with a loose, waved look. Once you have finished styling, run your fingers through your hair to tousle it slightly to get that purposely messy finish.

Step 5: Finish & hold

Finish your look with a finishing touch of the Moroccanoil Treatment to tame any frizz or fly-aways and add shine, then lock you hair into place with a hairspray that will hold in your beach waves in even the strongest ocean breeze.

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Holly James

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