Tutorial on How to Get Beach Wave Curls

This tutorial is on how to create loose beach wave curls with short to medium style even long hair.  My LauriePOP YouTube Channel above will give you exact details and is easier to follow in my opinion.  I create YouTube videos on travel ideas that POP into my head, makeup ideas that POP into my head and DIY tutorials.  POP over and check it out.

You can have natural looking waves in your hair if you follow these six steps.

Step #1

When your hair is in the ocean salt water, your hair feels a little stiff as it dries.  For natural beach waves, then, put Mousse on damp hair, not soaking wet.  When hair is soaking wet, it’s too heavy to hold the mousse.  So dry it just a tad or go get dressed, or keep your hair in a towel before starting the beach waves process.

Step #2

Do NOT comb your hair once you put the mousse on.  You can style your hair before applying the mousse, but you will have extra hold and stiffness if you let it be.

Dry it.  Air dry.  Dry it. 

Step #3 For beach wave curls, Leave 1-2 inches out of the curling wand before rolling under.

Step #4 Hold your curling iron horizontal against your head.  Resist the urge to hold it vertically for loose curls.  Since the back of my hair is short, I just roll it in rolls to give it some shape.

The short layers at the top of my head are so short that I don’t go alllllll the way under.  They have plenty of volume and would be too tight of a curl.  Farther down here, where my hair is thicker and longer, I will roll my hair all the way under to my scalp.

Step #5 When you get to four seconds, open your curling iron just a bit and pull the rest of the hair forward.  If you have long hair, this is where you will pull the hair vertically down.  We are telling the hair where we want it to stay for the day.  Not tight curls, but loose locks that have a natural wave to them, as if we were at the beach that morning. 

For this difficult part of my hair, I have to curl a chunk of it backwards so that my hair doesn’t turn into one big kahuna wave facing forward.  When I asked my first hair dresser how to get loose locks, she said to do alternating curls front and facing back.  And with practice I have to curl just one or two pieces backward and this is how.  I roll it up to my scalp and after four seconds I pull back, vertical and downward.

Step #6 in this beach wave hair tutorial is to not brush it once it’s curled.  Let your hair memorize how it’s supposed to look.  When you’ve finished putting on your makeup or making breakfast, finger your curls out a bit by picking it up a bit.  Run your fingers up your scalp and just pull out a bit.  Do not go all the way to the end of each curl.

A problem that might happen to you is that you left the curling iron in your hair too long and the curl is way too tight for that area.  If you want loose wavey curls, pull down (with your fingers) the end of that curl and hold it for 2 seconds.

Curling Iron – Wand.  Use the correct size for your hair type.  In order to create loose locks, I need tighter curls if that makes sense.  I cannot use a flat iron for this look.  Curls are not beachy looking.  They are too loose with no shape.  A curling iron with this type of barrel is great for my fine hair.  And by fine I mean limp.  It curls my hair so that as it falls throughout the day, the hair is wavey and not immediately straight.

Let me know if this tutorial helps you please!

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