When it comes to the most coveted hairstyles, beach waves are at the top of the list. The soft, natural-looking style looks effortlessly cool and works great on both short and long hair. The look is also really easy to achieve at home—you just need the basic steps and the right tools.
In a recent webinar for Ten Spt, Kristianna George, an Atlanta-based health and wellness coach, went through her simple process of creating perfect beach waves. Whether your hair is short, long, fine, or thick, the step-by-step instructions allow anyone to master the technique. And once you have it down, you’ll be able to create a head full of bouncy waves in minutes.
To learn how to get beach waves with a wand once and for all, follow along with George’s instructions below.
How to Get Beach Waves with a Wand:
What You’ll Need:
curling wand (1¼” to 2”)
hair clips or a hair tie
1. Choose a larger barrel—typically 1¼ to 2 inches—so you create waves, not tight curls.
2. Set the temperature. If you have thick or coarse hair, you may need to set the temperature to a higher setting than you would if you have fine hair.
3. Clip up the top layer of your hair so you can work with the bottom layer first.
4. Take a small section of hair in your hand. With the opposite hand, turn the wand upside down, wrap your hair around it so it’s going away from your face (this is important!), and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. For more of a lived-in look, leave out the ends.
5. Release the curl, and don't touch it. Allow it to cool. It will look too curly now, but it will be brushed out later.
6. Continue this technique on the entire bottom layer on your hair, making sure you continue to curl away from your face on both sides.
7. After the first layer is complete, continue with the other layers of your hair. Aim for doing two or three layers total.
8. Continue this technique on the entire bottom layer on your hair, making sure to continue to curl away from your face on both sides.
9. When you're done, run your fingers through your curls to create the perfect beachy waves.