My Beach Wave Hair Tutorial in 10 Minutes

There is nothing worse than spending your entire morning styling your hair. Am I right? That’s why today I wanted to run you through the quick 10-minute beach wave hair tutorial I found that works great for me and my lifestyle.


The goal is to create a messy, tousled curl with lots of texture. I like the word “messy” because it means I can make more “mistakes” by having it a little rough around the edges. Perfection has no place here. I’m also constantly on the go chasing after my kids so I need my curls to hold up to an active lifestyle. The products and curling wand are key to this! I’ve listed out all the steps & my favorite products below. You can also jump over to my IGTV or YouTube tutorial to see how I do it. 


Step 1: PREP


Tip #1: I always do this look on dirty hair otherwise my curls won’t last. You need that extra grit. If you have to do it on clean hair make sure you use a lot of priming products. 


I always use my go-to dry shampoo & volume spray first and foremost. They take the extra oil out of the hair and lift up the roots. 


Next, I spray the whole head in light bursts of Oribe Apres Beach Wave& Shine Spray. Definitely go lighter on this product since it can make your hair a little crusty if you apply too much. This one holds the curls in place and gives the hair some extra texture to get that messy look. I’m sure there are a lot of similar products out there so find a texturizing spray that you like but don’t miss this step. 




My hair is super thick so I have to do my curls in 4 separate sections. I pull everything extra onto the top of my head in a top-knot and get to work. The trusty curling wand that I have been using for honestly 10 years and is still going strong: Sultra 1″ Curling Wand


It gets super hot so holds the curls well but because it gets so hot it also takes some getting used to. I have burnt myself time and time again getting the technique down. It’s probably easier to explain by watching the video, which you can find here


I go around the head and then let down another section & repeat. & repeat. & repeat until my entire head is curled.


Step 3: FINISH


Tip #2: Once you have curled your entire head, don’t touch it for a few minutes to let the curls set. At this point in the morning, I usually go do my make-up or put in a load of laundry. #momlife


Once the curls have fully cooled, I run a wide-toothed comb through them. You can also do this with your fingers if you want a tighter curl. I’ll usually do that for a fancier night out. Then I scrunch in this Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil to finish the look. It separates and defines the curls.


After I get the curls looking how I want them I give everything a good strong spray with hairspray. I swear by this drugstore one! I’ve been using it for years and years. It has the perfect amount of hold without making your hair crunchy. Highly recommend, if you are in the market for a new one. 


Final Notes


  1. This full look takes me a total of 10-12 minutes. My hair is thick but I work fast and I love the Sultra wand because it heats so quickly you can speed through it. 
  2. On Day 2 of the beach wave, I can touch up the top layer and be out the door in 5 minutes. On those days I spray dry shampoo on the roots and then start touching up the curls. I’ll spray a little more hair spray to set it again and done.
  3. Break this up into separate days. For instance, wash and blow-dry your hair on Monday. Wear a cute headband on Tuesday. Beach wave it on Wednesday. Touch up the curls on Thursday. And repeat!


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Styling Products: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, Living Proof Dry Volume Blast Spray, Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray, Bumble And Bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil, L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray

Tools: Wide-Tooth Comb, Gator Clips

Hot Tool: Sultra 1″ Curling Wand


I hope this beach wave hair tutorial was helpful. As always, I am happy to answer your questions in the comments below or shoot me an email here. Happy curling! XO


PS: Here’s my 5 min make-up tutorial if you are interested.

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