Although it’s nice to dream concerning those I-just-left-the-beach-and-there’s-still salt-in-my-hair waves, that is not reality. (Vacay, where you at?) Beach waves usually come in handy when you’re on day…I don’t know…12 (you’ve lost count at this point) of not washing your hair and need a quick fix fast. Some of the simplest hair looks do not appear as if you tried exhausting in the least (although waves actually do need maintenance—a catch-22).T here’s beauty in the versatility of tousled, undone, messy waves because they’re the prefect hybrid between effortless and cool, which is why you see them everywhere. From the red carpet to reality, beachy waves are forever acceptable.
A key feature of beachy waves is that they begin about halfway down your hair, around ear level. A genius shortcut: pulling hair into a ponytail and curling just the tied section with a curling wand (try Good Housekeeping Beauty Breakthrough Award winner Hot Tools Professional Curlbar). This makes it easier to keep track of which pieces you’ve curled (versus those you haven’t) when your strands are gathered in one place. Before using any curling or flat iron, the GH Beauty Lab suggests applying a heat protectant spray to shield strands from damage, like their top pick below.