Wet Look Beach Waves

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It’s the small victories sometimes. Like my hair today, for example. I’ve been trying to achieve this type of wet beach wave look for over a week now, and finally figured it out. High five. It’s all about product, REALLY embracing messy hair, and about 30 seconds with a thick curling iron.

Alas, I’m writing down the steps and exact products so I (and anyone else on this mission) can easily replicate it.

I’ve been intrigued by this the wet beach waves look on a few occasions. 1: when we went to Mexico and I forgot a brush, comb or any conditioner for a week, 2: when we went to Tahiti and I didn’t wash my hair, only conditioned it and put coconut oil, and surfed a ton for a week, and 3: Kim Kardashian’s hair at the VMA’s, whenever that was. Sorry, but it was amazing. 

Usually when I do a beach wave in my hair it’s all about volume, and trying to look like Giselle. Which I’ve realized isn’t possible for me without extensions. These, however, are a bit more weighed down, shiny, with juuuust a bit of wave. I kind of love how it turned out with a lob too, because a big fluffy lob sometimes just isn’t the look I’m going for.  

So here’s how I got the wet look beach waves. Note: my hair is super fine, and totally straight. (Except for a patch in the back which got wavy after I had a baby. Yay hormones.)

1: Shower, and don’t wash your hair, just condition. Hair should be dirty, and conditioned. Don’t comb hair afterwards, only use your fingers and finger-comb.

2: When hair is damp, put in a smoothing creme or serum. (I swear by Aveda Smooth Infusion style prep. )

3: Let hair air dry a bit, then put a little bit of some sort of surf spray on (I use, and love, Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Foam Spray). Be sure to just use a little. Then Simply scrunch hair while you dry it in on medium heat and low speed. 

4: Once hair is dry, rub some coconut oil on your hands, then lightly run your hands through your hair, and over the ends a bit. 

5. Final step: Grab a big 1.5″or 2″ curling and wrap a few sections of hair around it, be sure to have a few go in different directions. If you have naturally wavy hair, you’re blessed, and can probably skip this step.

6. Lightly seal the deal with a tiny touch some light hold hairspray. And a little surfer salve on the ends (optional, but I love this stuff).

7. Done. 

…although I’d prefer getting this look simply from surfing and not washing my hair for a week while in paradise. I’m happy to know it’s officially replicate-able. 

Close up of products used. 

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…and one more pic of zeee waves. 

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Video coming next. Promise. Maybe I’ll do two different kinds of beach waves. this one, and then my big poofy waves too. 

Stay tuned…

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