Surf Style: Palm Beach Stylists Share Tricks For Effortless Beachy Waves

If we’re talking about hair trends for the summer of 2023 then we’re definitely mentioning surf style beach waves. Beach waves are taking this summer by force as we’re seeing the “perfect” beachy waves popping up everywhere! 

This style is one that’s actually pretty easy to master and achieve. And it’s also suitable for just about any and every occasion you have this summer. Beachy waves can last for days and look great on all different hair types and textures. 

The question then becomes, how do I get the effortless beachy waves I’ve been dreaming of? Our Palm Beach stylists have put together a list of our best tips to help you achieve just that!

What are Beachy Waves?

When you think of beachy waves you can think of the hairstyle that revolves around soft waves in the hair complete with straighter ends. It’s a hairstyle that essentially leaves you looking like you just walked off the beach after being in the ocean all day long. 

It’s tousled and effortless and is a perfect go to hairstyle for your everyday looks or your more special occasions. It’s definitely safe to say beachy waves are universally flattering and are something loved by women all over.

Tips for Effortless Beachy Waves

The best place to start when it comes to achieving beachy waves? With some of our best tips for getting the look of course. Here our Palm Beach stylists share their best tricks for effortless beachy waves.

  1. Prep the hair properly

The first thing you want to do before trying beachy waves is prep the hair. Doing so will help ensure your hair doesn’t get frizzy and that the style lasts. 

Hair mousse is effective for helping give you hold and volume. Be sure you’re also using a heat protectant if you’re planning to use a heat tool to get the desired look. Don’t skip this important step before you get started. You’ll thank us later!

  1. Add texture

Sometimes a little texturizing spray is what you need to get the beachy look. This will depend on your hair type but will help you to get messier waves that look a lot more natural than they would without a texturizing spray.

The texturizing spray works especially awesome for those with straighter hair who need a bit of oomph added to the hair. This will also help keep the curls from falling and will help them to last all day.

  1. Use the right product

Another handy product you can use to be extra sure your waves are “beachy” is a sea salt spray. This is another great way to achieve the beachy texture without having to actually go to the beach.

Simply apply the sea salt spray to your wet hair and then dry it ever so slightly. This will end up giving you a super natural look as if you just walked out of the ocean.

  1. Stay away from uniform-looking beachy waves


Another way to help make your beachy waves look natural is to avoid creating uniform looking waves. To achieve this you’ll want to curl your hair in different directions. Do your best to twist the hair in all different directions so they’re as imperfect as possible. 

You should also avoid starting the curl at the scalp. Instead, start it a few inches down the hair so it will end up looking super natural.

  1. Keep the ends soft

The key to achieving beachy waves is ensuring you keep the ends nice and soft. You don’t want them to be overly curly as you want a more natural look.

In order to do that, you’ll want to leave the very ends of the hair out of your curls. This will help them to stay straighter than the rest of your hair. It’s also a good idea to pull down as you release your locks of hair from the tool you’re using.

  1. Try a wand

One of the best ways to get beachy waves is by using a hair wand. You’re trying to achieve a nice “S” shape to the hair which is made super easy with a wand. 

Choose your wand based on your hair type and length. Those with longer hair will likely want to go for a wider hair wand than those with hair on the shorter side.

  1. Style before you go to bed

Another handy hack is to do your beachy waves before you go to bed. This will help make the waves look super natural and messy and is sure to give you that lived-in effortless look.

You might also wrap your damp hair into braids or low buns so they can try overnight. Once you release them in the morning you’ll have nice, natural, and heatless waves.

  1. Watch a tutorial to help


If you’re still feeling unsure about how to achieve the perfect beachy waves then we definitely recommend looking for a tutorial to help you. There are tons of options out there that will walk you through step-by-step.

You might also ask your stylist to help teach you how to create beachy waves in your hair. All you have to do is ask at your next appointment.

Beachy Waves FAQ

To help you become even more well-rounded in the beachy waves hairstyle we also answered some of our most frequently asked questions on the topic. Let’s dive in!

How can I get beachy waves without heat?

There are actually quite a few ways you can get beachy waves without using any heat at all! You might try the TikTok headband waves hack, use heatless hair rollers, twist your hair into pin curls, or try a low and loose braid to help add some texture. Heatless is especially great if you’re trying to improve the health of your hair.

Do beachy waves work for short hair?

It’s totally possible to get beachy waves with short hair. There are quite a few ways to do it including using a curling iron, leaving the ends of the hair out, and alternating the direction of the curls. Finish up the style with some product so it will hold in shorter hair.

We love the look of beachy waves in short hair!

Can you create beachy waves with a straightener?

You bet you can. A straightener is just one of the ways to achieve this stunning look.

To get the look you’ll want to make sure your flat iron is facing down to the floor instead of horizontally. Rotate the hair in between the clamps and straighten the ends as you come out of the curl. You might even add some hair shine finishing spray to really complete the look.

How do you take care of beachy waves?


It’s wonderful you’re thinking about how you’ll take care of your hair. Be sure to condition your hair thoroughly and even consider a deep conditioner from time to time. Do heatless beachy waves when you can and try to avoid heat as much as possible if you want to improve the health of your hair.

How can I make my beachy waves last?

To make sure your beachy waves last once they’ve been styled, you’ll want to do a few things. Don’t weigh down the hair by using too much product, build volume at the root, apply your hairspray before you begin curling, and finish off the style with a boost of texturizing spray. 

Your beachy waves are sure to last a few days with proper maintenance.

Is there a way to protect my beachy waves overnight?

You can protect your beachy waves overnight by wearing a bonnet, using a scalp massager, treating the scalp with argan oil, and switching to a silk pillowcase. This will help keep your curls intact and will also help protect your hair overnight in general.

Should I brush out my beachy waves daily?

Once you’ve curled your hair you will want to avoid brushing the curls out until they’ve cooled completely. You can add a flexible hold hairspray to your hair brush and then gently brush out your waves so they look nice and tousled.

You can brush out the hair and touch up the curls as needed if you’re looking to keep your beachy waves for a few days.

Summer Hair Trends Made Easy

Think you’re ready to master the beachy waves look with ease? With these tips you should be ready to try the look out for yourself and love your new hairstyle.

If you’re looking for a bit of professional help when it comes to coloring and styling your hair, look no further than Anushka Salon & Spa. Our stylists are experts in helping you find the perfect color, cut, and style to suit your needs as well as your hair type. So, no matter what look you may be trying to achieve, we’re ready with the skills to help you look and feel your absolute best.

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