1.24.2014

Loose, Beachy Waves for Beginners (Plus A VS Giveaway)


On Instagram, I shared my messy bedhead hair (I thought it was messy), but it was liked so much I had to share how to recreate it. This takes just minutes to do and is very easy. Since how to use curling wands is one of my most popular posts, I made a very thorough video for those who are beginners or who don't use curling wands/irons very often. Enjoy.



  • After brushing out tangles, spraying with heat protectant, and allowing it to dry, it's time to choose your curling wand/iron.
  • The smaller the wand size means the tighter the waves. If you have shorter hair, a half an inch to an inch is generally a good size, but it really depends on personal preference. Also, if you have fine hair that loses curl quickly, you might want a smaller barrel so that when the curl falls, you'll end up with loose waves.
  • I am using an inch and a half wand in this tutorial.
  • To make this look more natural, I like to vary the size of sections I use and the direction in which I wrap them around the wand. Some pieces are about a half inch and up to a little over an inch.
  • Placing the barrel behind the section of hair and wrapping it around allows you to curl away from the face. I always do this for the pieces that frame my face.

  • Only curl the middle of the hair section, leaving the roots and ends curl-free.
  • Hold the section for about 5-10 seconds around the barrel. I varied the times here, with some pieces being 5 and some pieces being 10. 
  • To make this go really fast, use larger sections and hold for 10 seconds.
  • To give some texture and have it look even messier, I'm sharing a variety of options:
    • Beach Waves Spray--best for those who want that frizzier look
    • Spray Clay--I originally shared this in my Oct Ipsy bag, but I love this product on fine hair.
    • Dry Shampoo--gives volume and definition without the crunchiness. To use, try a light spray about 12 inches away. Then scrunch into hair.
    • Volumizing Powder--gives volume and messiness. Instead of placing this on roots, tap the powder into hands, rub together, and distribute through hair.
    • Texturizing Paste or Wax--gives definition to hair and gives it that beachy look. Rub into palms, scrunch hair, and twist around small sections to define. I used Davines Defining Wax.
Loose, beachy waves

Before you go, I'm sharing with you a group giveaway 
for a $75 Victoria's Secret giftcard--perfect for Valentine's Day!

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52 comments:

  1. I love this hair! I saw it on IG this week and definitely didn't think it was messy. Thanks for sharing how to make it!

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  2. I need to get a 22-v curling wand. So I can start curling my hair again.

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  3. UMMM love your hair! wishing mine was long again so i can do this. xo

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  4. Love this! You have gorgeous hair! Thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  5. Looks so good! Thanks for the tutorial! I needed this!

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  6. You have such gloriously thick hair! I'll be trying this out today.

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  7. Your hair always looks so incredible! LOVE this tutorial - beachy waves is one of my favorite looks!!

    xx

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  8. This is so pretty! I love using a curling wand but the one I have is far too small/narrow for my hair so I end up with ridiculous ringlets for the first few hours...haha

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  9. Your hair looks gorgeous! I don't have a curling wand so I usually curl my hair with my flat iron.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Headband Giveaway!

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  10. Ahhh I want one of those curling wands SO bad but I do not want to injure myself. So I'm still holding out for you to come to Pensacola and be my hair and makeup stylist :)

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  11. Awesome tutorial as usual, Elle:) You always make it look so easy!

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  12. My hair is naturally thick and wavy, but it tends to turn frizzy and the waves kind of disappear... if that makes ANY sense whatsoever. I have a curling iron (I think it's a 1" one) but have been wanting to try a wand. Seeing how lovely yours came out, I think I need one now! I also love the Not Your Mother's texture spray, it's one of my favorites!!! Thanks for a fabulous tutorial, great tips!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  13. Looks fabulous! You have a great mane of hair! XOXO, Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com

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  14. Love how your hair turned out!! Awesome tutorial!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  15. Great tutorial. I'm no good with styling wands. It always comes out so funky!! I'll try again and see how it goes.

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

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  16. I love this look! Awesome giveaway, too!

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  17. ahhhh, i always curl to the very end. good to know! and i also need to get some heat protectant!

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  18. That was so cool, you look so beautiful! I will try it, though I am not very talented about hair... but I liked it so much, I will try for my birthday next week! Thanks for sharing it, I hope I can do it well :) denisesplanet com

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  19. such a fabulous tutorial and great giveaway! thanks chick!

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  20. Just had to meet you since we are hosting a giveaway together - love the waves...great tutorial!

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  21. My favorite hair style on you! So pretty!

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  22. Great tutorial! Ilove ur hair and u look really pretty
    www.elledeesbeauty.com

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  23. Gorgeous hair!! I will have to try this out

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  24. Loose curls are always so romantic and pretty! It's a great look. Fabulous giveaway!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  25. I love my curling wand! I use it often! Very cute look on you! :)

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  26. So inspired Elle, I have 3 weddings to attend and now I know what type of style I am going to do for at least one of them! Have an enjoyable weekend dear

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  27. Love the curls on you! I love to do this look though I don't use a wand, just a regular curling iron. It always works better on my too with second day hair.

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  28. Great tutorial! I adore this look, Elle! Very chic! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  29. This is such a cute look! I wonder if it would work on my hair though since it's quite a bit shorter than yours... I'll have to give it a try!

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  30. Great Video!! I have never tried a curling wand, but I have always wanted to!

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  31. I absolutely LOVE curling wands! They're so easy to use... and I have yet to burn myself even without the glove - I'm a bad mama jama. ;)

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  32. This looks great! I'll have to give it ago, my current methods always seem to fail. I either end up looking frizzy, or they drop out. It's doooom!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  33. I just got my first curling wand and seriously, I LOVE it!

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  34. I love how your hair turned out. If I had long hair i would totally try this out.
    Beautetude

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  35. I love my curling wand but it's skinny so my curls are more kinky which I don't love. I totally am terrible about burning myself though. I have to wear long sleeves AND the glove when I use it lol! Great giveaway!

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  36. I only ever use my flat iron for curling. It seems to be the only thing that makes my hair stay. I love how this turned out with the pretty, loose waves though!

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  37. Amazing tutorial and giveaway, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  38. Hey Elle,

    Thanks for commenting, you're so sweet && always comment back!! About me losing the weight: when I gain or lose weight, it's ALWAYS visible in my face first, so people notice immediately even if I only lose a few pounds. I want to lose 10 to 20 more pounds, and tone up. I definitely want my tummy to be flatter, because after having 2 kids it's definitely not as nice as it once was. Lol. Congrats on losing all the weight you did, you look amazing!! It feels SO good when people finally notice!!

    I love your hair in this post! I really need to invest in a good curling wand. For now I just use my flat iron to curl my hair, but I really need something that is specifically for curling. I love your tutorials, they're always really helpful. Thanks for the giveaway too! :)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

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  39. I am in love with this hairstyle and totally heading up straight upstairs to try it right now! :) And of course, I *need* that gift card!-Ashley

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  40. apparently, i don't need this tutorial for i have natural curls. ehe.~
    but still, a very good tutorial dear! :) have a great week!

    xoxo,
    rae
    http://raellarina.blogspot.com/

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  41. LOVE how easy & helpful this tutorial is! Since I have very curly hair, it's usually just either get it straight or put my hair up for me. Beachy loose waves are always so pretty tho!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  42. They look gorgeous, you did a great job!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  43. I just bought a hair wand and have been having so much trouble getting good curls/waves. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  44. Very cute, I will have to try! I love the length of your hair. I do not have a blog for you to return comments to. :)

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  45. I have always loved your hair! Thanks for sharing how you pull it off girl!

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  46. Oh I love your hair, I have a hair wand that I never use because I lost the glove for it. But you used it without a glove so I might try to actually use it. :)

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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  47. Love the hair style, and great giveaway! :)

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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  48. Every time I see you post pictures of your beachy waves, I want to grow my hair out and straighten it so I can do this. It's just so much work! :)

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  49. Thank you! I really needed this tutorial!!!

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