Soft Beach Waves – a few Do’s and Don’ts

April 22, 2015

Ok, I’m pretty sure we all agree that 99% of life is better when it’s warm outside.  The 1% that’s not is the first, oh say, hour of the first snow fall. And now that it’s finally above freezing, I have one more thing to add to my list of why life is better when it’s warm out. And margarita season has nothing to do with it. I promise. It’s all about the hair and the fact that I am able to walk outside with a wet head and not fear that my strands will freeze and break off. My 5 minute make up routine is now suddenly rivaled by my 2 minute hair routine. Blow dryers be gone, it’s time to go au natural. Well, with the help of some products of course.

Ok, first thing’s first. A lot of friends tell me that they can’t get “good waves” or “good curls” so they throw it up on a pony or spend 45 minutes blow drying and flat ironing. I’ve been wearing my hair naturally wavy for years and have learned a few do’s and don’ts to get that soft beach wave look. If you swear that your hair really doesn’t have any wave in it, I have a trick for that too. It does require a bit more time, but I am convinced that almost anyone can achieve that beachy look. Tutorial on this to come.

If your hair has the potential to curl or wave, these tips should work for you.

Do’s and Don’ts for Soft Beach Waves

soft beach waves


Do – After washing and conditioning your hair, comb your hair in the shower before getting out. I recommend using the tangle teezer or a wide tooth comb.

Don’t comb your hair after you’ve towel dried your hair. The tugging will pull your hair straight and the potential for curls will be lost.


wavy hair tutorial

Do – Gently towel dry your hair by squeezing excess water. Do your best to keep your waves in tact.

Don’t rub the towel on your hair. This will break your curls apart and cause frizziness.


Do – Immediately after towel drying, apply some sort of anti-frizz serum from about the ears to the tips. Again, do this gently with the palms of your hands and don’t allow your fingertips to break apart the curls.

Don’t apply to the roots because serum can make them look greasy.

Curl/Wave Product:

wavy hair tutorial

Do – After the serum, apply some sort of curl or wave product. If it’s a cream or foam, rub it together in your palms and then gently cup the tips of your hair and squeeze working your way from the bottom to the top. If it’s a spray, spray sections liberally and scrunch as you go. Look for a product that says “soft curls” or “beach waves” – other curl products may be too stiff and make your hair crunchy or give a “wet curl” look.

Don’t use your fingertips to pull the product through your hair. Again, this will pull out the curls.

Another tip for the not-so-curly crew:

Do – Help your curls out by twisting a few that tend to dry straight. I usually twist a few around my face and sporadically around the back of my head. You can do this step after product is in your hair but before it’s dry. I always twist away from my face.

wavy hair tutorial

Allow your hair to dry without touching it. When it’s 95% dry I do a “flip and snap” to give it volume, especially in the root area that tends to stick to your head when air drying.

Sometimes the hair that frames your face dries straight no matter what you try. Play around with pulling those pieces back with a bobby pin or clip to show of the curls underneath.

wavy hair tutorial

And that’s it. Fool around with it and find products that work for your hair, then grab your fedora (thanks for the suggestions on Facebook!), and head for the beach!….. Or, um, make that a playdate at the playground. Both are equally as fun, right? 😉

soft beach waves

Here are a few of my favorite products:

  • Sarah
    April 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Excellent tips!!! I’ve been using Ouidad Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Cream and LOVE it!!! I also use a diffuser before work and it helps me have bouncy-er curls!!

    • Sisters to Sons
      April 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I love Quidad too! And a diffuser can work great too! I just don’t have the attachment anymore. Definitely speeds up the process especially if you have to to go to work and don’t want to arrive with a wet head 🙂

  • Kristen
    April 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Mine always looks so scraggly, but since we live 7 minutes from the beach I’ll try it again!

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