How To: Undone Beachy Waves

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Look through any fashion magazine, beauty blog, or even the stylish ladies on the street and you'll notice effortless-looking waves is the hair style of the moment. Find out how to achieve this look with our step-by-step guide...

Gone are the days of perfect princess-style curls; these have been replaced by a more lived-in tousled wave that gives that beachy windswept 'just stepped out the sea and my hair dried perfectly like this' look.

Whether you have naturally fine, flat hair or struggle with heat styling, our handy guide lists everything you need to know -  from the body-building shampoos that won't strip your hair to blow-dry techniques and top tips from hair stylist, Jen Atkin. 

Step one: A full-body wash

The first step to achieving natural-looking waves is to opt for a body-building shampoo and conditioner that adds volume to fine, flat hair. The Full range from Living Proof thoroughly cleanses strands and removes residue for optimum fullness without stripping the hair thanks to its sulfate and silicone-free formula.

Living Proof Full Shampoo, £22; Full Conditioner, £22; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells

Step Two: Prep The Hair

Once hair has been washed, it’s time to prep for styling. If your hair is finer in texture and needs an extra boost at the roots, Aveda’s pure abundance spray detangles the hair with a blend of natural corn-derived polymer and lightweight oils to thicken strands.

If your hair is naturally wavy, the Bb Curl creme nourishes and enhances curls to avoid frizz and breakage when styling. Rake through hair from roots to ends then brush through.

AVEDA pure abundance style prep, £22; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, York
Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl Defining Creme, £24; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Kingston, Newcastle, York

Step Three: Make Waves

Next, spritz Ouai’s Wave Spray throughout the hair, scrunching up to the roots to encourage natural texture. The paraben-free formula is infused with rice protein to add hold and memory to strands for a naturally windswept wavy look.

Roughly blow-dry your hair until damp, then for a short while tip your head upside down with the nozzle facing up to add extra volume at the roots. Next, twist sections of hair round your finger into ringlets and blow-dry until the rest of the hair is dry.

OUAI Haircare Wave Spray, £22; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Colchester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, York

Step Four: Extra Curls

To add a little more definition, use a curling tong with a larger barrel, like the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong to achieve more 'undone waves’ that aren’t too obviously styled tight curls.  Select random sections of hair and twist them around the wand, directing the hair away from the face. Founder of OUAI and hair stylist to the stars, Jen Atkin, recommends  “leaving the ends out of the curler for a straighter finish at the bottom for a more relaxed, lived-in finish.”  

ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong, £120; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Step Five: Finishing Touch

Once hair has been styled, set everything using a lightweight hair spray. OUAI’s popular Texturizing Hair Spray is a mix of a dry shampoo and hair spray that secures the hair in place as well as building volume and adding a cool next-day texture. Plus, the volcanic minerals absorb oils at the roots to refresh hair on day two (or three) of the style.

OUAI Haircare Texturizing Hair Spray, £22; Available at Fenwick Bond StreetColchesterNewcastleTunbridge Wells, York

By Grace Gargini