How to Get Cool-Girl Beach Waves [3 Easy Ways]

California dreaming? Treat your hair to a beach day.

how to create cool girl beach waves 3 different ways

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No matter what the weather is doing outside your door, these laid-back beach waves are always in season. Soft and feminine, but not too perfectly polished, beach waves are universally flattering and work for both day and night.

The key to achieving that cool-girl, Venice Beach vibe is to apply Texture AIIR after styling. This swoon-worthy dry texture spray builds volume and texture in all hair types. It’s essential for creating soft, natural waves that keep their shape for longer.

While you may have heard that sea salt spray is good for creating beachy waves, the salt pulls moisture out of your hair, leaving it dry and damaged. Texture AIIR gives you the same beachy texture while keeping your locks healthy and vibrant. You can actually create undone, edgy texture by simply letting your hair air dry and then applying dry texture spray all over… but using heat tools gives you even more definition and hold!

Here are three ways to create carefree beach waves with tools you already have in your drawer:

Beach Waves with a Flat Iron

Braiding hair to create beach waves with a flat iron

Braid ½-inch sections of hair, secure the ends with clips and spray the braids with Texture AIIR dry texturizing spray.

using a flat iron and braids to create effortless beachy waves

Take out the clips and go over your braids with a flat iron, working from the ends up to the roots.

Use your fingers to gently pull apart the braids. Once your hair is cool, shake out the braids and spray Texture AIIR all over for light, airy volume and surfer-girl texture.

Beach Waves with a Blow Dryer

Spritz dry hair with a heat protectant spray and clip it up as you would for a blowout.

twist a 1/2 inch section of hair and blow dry for 15 seconds to create beach waves

Twist a ½-inch section of hair and blow dry it for 10-15 seconds on the “warm” setting. Hot tip: use your dryer’s concentrator nozzle to direct the warm air where you need it.

Hold the twisted section in place while it cools, then repeat the process with the rest of your hair.

blast dry or dough dry hair with blow dryer and texture spray

Next, pump up the volume by rough drying your hair all over, aiming the nozzle at the underside of your hair. Finish with an all-over blast of Texture AIIR. This dry texturizing spray adds edgy texture and keeps your waves touchably soft all day long. Shake out your gorgeous waves and comb through them with your fingers to get that perfectly undone look.

Beach Waves with a Curling Iron

The secret to getting perfect beach waves in short hair is to use a curling iron and dry texture spray together.

use a 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron with dry texture spray to create beach waves

Start by curling your hair around a 1 ½-inch barrel. Then flip your head upside down and use your fingers to gently rough up your curls.

use a 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron with dry texture spray to create beach waves

Stand back up and spray Texture AIIR all over. This dry texture spray gives you light, airy volume and contains a holding element to keep the look in place (without making your hair sticky or crunchy).

Beach Waves YOUR Way

The best thing about this style is that it’s very forgiving. If you miss a section or apply extra heat to one area, don’t worry! Beach waves aren’t supposed to look overly styled, and a little imperfection really brings out those laid-back vibes. For ultra-cool waves, mix it up and try two or three of these heat techniques in the same style. No one ever needs to know that you didn’t wake up like this!

mist amethyst hair refresher to smooth flyaways and add shine

Want to show your beautiful waves some extra love? Treat your hair to a spritz of our Hair & Energy Refresher as a finishing touch. It’s perfect for smoothing flyaways and adding natural shine. Simply spray the product onto your hands and gently apply it to your waves, working from roots to ends.

Cool-Girl Beach Waves Video Tutorial


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Looking for more ways to use a dry texture spray to create perfectly imperfect hairstyles? Check out our Dry Texturizing Spray Ultimate Guide.