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No-Heat Beach Wave Hairstyle For Mid-Length or Longer Hair

Updated on November 16, 2014

Are Beach Waves Right For You

Want to try something different with your hair but the thoughts that go through your head lead you away from stepping outside the box. Afraid of the continued damage from daily shampooing, blow-drying and flat ironing you are your wits end of what to do. When asking what to do about damaged hair the answers you receive freak you out further; "what I have to cut my hair." Well then answer some questions to see if beach waves are right for you:

  • I have shoulder length or longer hair
  • Want to reduce styling damage
  • Don’t have time in the morning to get ready
  • Hate styling my hair
  • Want to try different styles

Heat Damage

Heated styles increase damage to the hair follicles. however, when the hair gets longer heated styles usually pop into the mind as the easiest. But over time the hair continues to grow and becomes dryer from over styling.

When using heated styles it is recommended to use low to medium heat when curling. If you smell a burning scent then you are getting your hair too hot or you have products on your hair when curling. The damage occurs to heated styles due to the age of the hair and also the amount of heat placed on the hair. Hair grows between 1/2-1 inch per month, therefore, if your hair is about 14 inches long then lets just say the ends of your hair are more than a year old. That means those poor tattered ends have been subjected to your routinely curling methods for more than a year. That is pretty damaging.

So if you are going to use heated utensils be sure to deep condition regularly and use a heat protectant spray before blowdrying.

Popular Low Maintanence Hair-do

A popular “no fuss” hair-do that can be simply created and beautifully worn. A style made popular through celebrities and YouTube, beach waves help to reduce the amount of heat and damage to one’s hair. No heat required, beach waves are a perfect protective style. If you have been considering how heat has damaged your hair, try beach waves.

Products to Use

The key ingredient that gives beach waves their names is sea salt which creates texture in the hair. At times girls don’t like the texture that is created by using sea salt so you can also try gels and leave-in conditioners to achieve a similar outcome. Multi-task with beach waves by using a leave-in conditioner and thereby deep conditioning your hair.

Beach Waves Braided Method

Beach Waves Bun Method

How to Create the Style

A very easily achieved style that takes little preparation or skill to create; beach waves can be achieved by using braids or buns to set the foundation of the style. I will briefly describe the methods I have used, however, the true technique requires braiding. This look is best achieved on at least shoulder length hair that is either wavy or straight. Thick haired girls can still rock this style, though learning how your own curl pattern reacts to products and styles are essential.

All methods begin with clean, damp and combed hair. Add the product of choice throughout your tresses as they help to create and maintain the style. Being a no-fuss hairdo prepared at bedtime is the best part about beach waves. In the morning, take down and go. Many techniques are out there to create these type of styles yet these are the ones that worked for me:

Braiding Method

Section the hair in strips from forehead to nape and French braid the sections. If you are unsure of how to French braid see this tutorial. The larger the sections and the looser the braids will equate to looser waves.

Bun Method

Section the hair in large blocks about 2” wide and 2” long and begin twisting the hair from the ends to the roots. As the hair begins to twist it will begin to form a natural bun, continue twisting until the hair is wound around itself and in a circular pattern. Fasten each bun to the head with a ponytail holder. If you do not want the waves close your head or really tight then do not wrap closely to the scalp. The end result is a little different than the braiding method as you will have curls rather than waves. However, if loose waves are what you are looking for then section the hair into two, one on the top of the head and one at the nape and then use the same method explained above.

It's all about the products.  No Heat required
It's all about the products. No Heat required | Source


Though heatless styles are great for reducing damage some products commonly used can also dry out hair. Products commonly used to create the beach waves contain sea salts which have the tendency to dry hair. As a result it is best to alternate products and condition hair regularly. The great thing about beach waves created using French braids can be done with conditioner instead of sea salts. However, the end result texture is a bit different. When using conditioner the hair will look glossier as opposed to the salts which give the appearance of rougher looking hair.

Creating and Maintaining the Final Style

After the first yawn in the morning begin to carefully take down the braids or buns and “lightly” finger comb; do not use a comb or brush. Adding a little frizz serum or gel can tame down the flyaway hair and hold the style all in one swoop. Voila, that is it and probably the easiest style to pull off.

Final Thoughts

Beach waves are one of the easiest styles to help long hair look beautiful, carefree and healthy. Want to give your hair a break from the daily hustle and bustle then beach waves may be what you need. Play with the directions above and create the style that works best for your hair.


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      6 months ago

      Can you plz tell me what the second product is? I can’t make it out thank you

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      23 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Nice article on hairstyles! I love the casual look of the beach wave. I'm awful at hair and only have two styles: down or ponytail. Girls in tutorials always have this amazing perfect celebrity-esque hair that looks good no matter what they do with it! I try the same thing and end up looking like my head has exploded. That's what hats are for, I guess.

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks. It was time to have it done, including my bangs. Easy to manage, too.

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      5 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great idea, Short hair for the summer

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Michelle. I did have a haircut yesterday for a real short summer haircut. I'll keep it in mind for the fall do.

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      5 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Kristen for the comment. Hope this technique works well for you. very easy and healthy for the hair :)

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great ideas. I might consider this for my haircut this weekend. It looks so cool and neat. Voted up for useful!

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      5 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Kevlyn for the comment.

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      5 years ago

      Just do me a favor and keep writing such trnaehcnt analyses, OK?

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Mariexotoni thanks for the comment. I do have experience with perms as I am a licensed cosmetologist. They are fun but can be drying to your hair.

    • mariexotoni profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub! Have you had any experience with perms with waves? I've been dying to try it out..

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Torrilynn for the comment. Maybe I will write another hub on how to pull this style off with thicker textured hair. My daughter does it all the time on her hair and she is part African American and has shoulder length hair. But she does use different techniques and products.

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      6 years ago from Nassau

      This is so pretty!

    • torrilynn profile image


      6 years ago

      thanks for the hub. I've done this before except the end result didn't look like beach waves mainly due to the texture of my hair and the length. overall, nice hub being that it is quick, easy, and low maintenance.


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