Why in the monster world are beach waves so hard to do on your own? Like, they’re supposed to look “effortless” and “easy” and “just rolled around on the beach with my new summer adventure because I’m Blake Lively too”, but instead my beach waves end up looking like soft prom curls. What if you are trying to make beach waves on short hair? Where is there even less working time (and an even higher risk of burning your fingers)? Yeah, no, it’s anything but easy.
But! This is the reason why I am here. While creating beachy waves on short hair might seem like a feat only achievable for models like Jourdan Dunn and Chrissy Teigen, all you really need is the right curling iron, a little patience, and some really excellent hair tutorials. And to make it easier for you, I watched a zillion of wavy hair tutorials to remove the best of the best. Without further-a-do, let’s see how to get beach waves on short hair regardless of your hair type or tool.
Beach Waves on Short Hair –
With A Robe Belt
Unless you’ve just come out of 2019 (in which case wow, welcome – sh * t wasn’t IDEAL), you’ve undoubtedly seen TikTok’s viral hair hack of creating beach waves using the belt of a bathrobe. In this tutorial, vlogger Jocelyn McClellan shows you how to recreate the look at home on short, thin hair, without having to sleep uncomfortably on the twist belt overnight (which I can attest to sucks). All you need is a mousse, slightly damp hair, and a belt or long tubular sock.
With A Hair Waver
You’ve probably seen wavy hair (or deep waves) floating around in your social feeds lately – it’s those giant, double-tipped, gun-like irons that secure a strand of hair and leave it wavy, like a modern-day crimper. Here, vlogger Jillian Lansky gets beachy waves on her short hair by first ironing her hair flat (the waves will look more polished when working with straight hair), then squeezing section by section, by holding the iron horizontally on the lower sections. and vertically on the upper sections.
If this is your first time using wavy hair, be warned: the wider the iron, the harder it will be to navigate around your short hair (as you can see in the tutorial). But, you will also only need to tighten each section once with a large iron, rather than several times with a small iron, which will speed up the process a bit.
With A Flat Iron
Vlogger Sadora Paris not only has natural, tightly coiled hair, but also a magical skill that allows her to create amazingly gorgeous beach waves using just a straightener. After completely ironing, she works section by section, rolling her flat iron back and forth along her hair to create a curly wave. It sounds confusing, but trust it: it is surprisingly easy. Spray your hair with a texturizing spray for extra volume at the finish.
With A Curling Iron
Vlogger Chloe Brown has a little choppy haircut, so for anyone who says they can’t do beach waves on short hair, can I direct you to this curling iron tutorial? The curls in this video might seem a little sausage at first, but that’s actually the key: long, tight curls (blown with a sea salt spray or texturizing spray, first, to give you a bunch grip and hold) you with voluminous beach waves once you rake them with your fingers at the end.
On Natural Hair
After smoothing curl cream over your brushed, dry hair, twist small strands of hair around your finger and bobby pin in place until your head is covered with pin curls. Sleep on them overnight, untangle and rock them for beach-like waves.