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How to Get Wavy Hair

Create Beachy Waves With This Quick Technique

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Sienna Miller
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There's nothing quite like ocean salt water to create the best hair texture ever. Beachy, sexy waves never go out of style and to get them you have a few options. You can go the long route for beachy waves (see directions here) or you can try my two quick versions outlined in this article.

Most hair has some natural wave to it, so these 2 quick versions work on most hair types except super straight hair (in this case, try the long version above). This look also works well on almost all hair lengths except really short hair. But you do need the right haircut. Long layers work best.

Version 1: Mousse, Then Scrunch

This style works best on naturally wavy hair.

  1. Wash hair, towel-dry and comb hair out.
  2. Spray mousse in your palm (baseball-size if you have long hair, golf ball-size if it's shoulder-length or shorter).
  3. Tilt your head to the size and scrunch mousse from the ends on up on one side, then repeat on the other side.
  4. Let hair air-dry, scrunching every so often as it dries. DON'T brush hair out.

Version 2: Salt Spray

The best beachy hair has a rough texture to it from the salt water. Whenever I hit the beach for a swim, my usually soft fine hair feels thick and dry due to the saltwater. That's actually the key to this look! Silky and shiny is not.

To get this version of beachy waves, you need salt spray. I love John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea spray or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, or you can make your own with 2 tablespoons of salt and 3 cups of warm water in a spray bottle.

  1. Wash hair, towel-dry and comb hair out.
  2. Spritz hair with salt spray, massaging and working the spray into hair from the roots on down to the ends.
  3. Scrunch hair by holding the hair in the palm of your hand and scrunching hair accordian-style in your palm, then squeezing.
  4. Let hair air-dry, scrunching every so often as it dries. DON'T brush hair out.
  5. If hair isn't curly enough, wind a few sections around the large barrel of a curling iron. Finish with holding spray.

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