You don’t have to live near the ocean to look like you’ve been sunbathing and surfing all day. Using your flat iron and the proper technique, you can get loose, beachy waves that are casual yet polished for year-round style. Beachy waves are characterized by their “piecey” texture or defined, loose curls. They are typically less bouncy and voluminous than regular curls and have a more natural look.

Things You'll Need

Brush your hair thoroughly. Spray your entire head with heat protectant spray. This will help to protect your hair from damage while using a hot styling iron.

Spray a quarter-sized amount of volumizing product into the palm of your hands. Lightly rub your palms together then apply the product to your hair, beginning at your roots then working your way down to the ends of the hair.

Divide your hair into four equal sections with two in the front and two in the back. Clip the front sections and one of the back sections up and out of your way so that you can work freely on the first portion of hair.

Separate a one-inch section of hair from the rest. Holding the hair near its tip, clamp the iron onto the hair about two inches from your scalp.

Twist the iron back toward you about 3/4 of a turn, keeping the hair clamped tightly. Once twisted, turn the iron so that it is perpendicular to the floor or sitting vertically alongside your hair.

Slide the iron down the hair, maintaining the twist. Move quickly to iron the entire length of hair. The slower your move, the tighter the curl will be. Since you are aiming for loose, beachy waves, you want to move the iron quickly.

Disengage the iron by releasing the clamps and allowing the hair to pull through the iron until free.

Repeat Steps 4 through 7 for your entire head. Break apart the waves by loosely finger-combing your head of curls.

Spray the waves with flexible-hold hairspray then follow with a spritz of glossing spray to finish the look. You want the look to be soft yet polished so don’t use too much product.


  • Use a slim straightener that has rounded edges to make the curling easier.