How to Get Beach Waves on Short Hair: The 6 Easiest YouTube Tutorials
Yup, even if your hair is hella short.
Ah, yes, beach waves—the elusive hairstyle seemingly only reserved for Blake Lively and that one high school friend you follow on Instagram (seriously, does she live in a bikini on the beach?!). But if you thought your short hair and non-influencer life meant you too couldn’t cop the same messy waves, you were super wrong. Sorry.
Because getting beach waves on short hair, whether you’ve got a lob, bob, or something in between (ugh, the grow-out phase) is actually possible, as long as you have a tiny bit of patience to test a few different techniques—and douse your hair in sea-salt sprays and texturizing sprays.
And because I, sadly, can’t come to your house right now to help you out, I’ve gotchu the next best thing: The easiest YouTube tutorials for exactly how to do beach waves on short hair, whether you’re using a curling iron, a flat iron, a wand, or, yup, even no heat at all. Keep reading (and watching!) to find the right how-to for your hair type and heat-tool abilities.
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How to Do Beach Waves with a Flat Iron
Vlogger Sadora Paris not only has natural, tightly coiled hair, but also a magical skill that allows her to create insanely gorgeous beach waves using only a straightener. After fully flat-ironing her short hair, she works section by section, rolling her flat iron forwards and backwards down her hair to create a crimped-like wave. It sounds confusing, but trust: It’s surprisingly easy. Mist your hair with a texturizing spray for added volume to finish.
Best Texturizing Sprays for Beach Waves
How to Do Beach Waves with a Curling Iron
Vlogger Chloe Brown has a choppy lil’ bob haircut, so for anyone who says they can’t do beach waves on short hair, may I direct you to this curling-iron tutorial? The curls in this video may look a little sausage-y at first, but that’s actually the key: Tight, long curls (blasted with some sea-salt spray or texturizing spray, first, to give you a bunch of grip and hold) leave you with hella-voluminous beach waves once you rake through them.
How to Do Beach Waves on Natural Hair
Whaaa?! Soft, beachy waves on short, 4c hair without heat? Hell yeah, it’s possible, and vlogger Jessica Pettway is showin’ the world how. After smoothing a curl cream through your dry, brushed-out hair, twist small sections of hair around your finger and bobby-pin in place until your head is covered in pin curls. Sleep on them overnight, unravel them, and shake them out for beachy-looking waves.
Best Sea Salt Sprays for Beach Waves
How to Do Beach Waves with a Wand
Okay, so technically, these waves look more ~romantic~ than they do just-stepped-off-the-beach messy, but, hey, not everyone wants to look like an episode of Baywatch. This tutorial is crazy easy—just curl your hair with a one-inch wand and rake through it for soft waves. If your short hair can’t hold a curl to save its life, spritz your damp hair with a sea-salt spray before drying it, then blast your roots and ends with texturizing spray before and after curling it.
How to Do Beach Waves with No Heat
This is pretty much the same hairstyle you accidentally created as a kid after a day on the beach, but now, it’s a short-hair lewk. This vlogger has naturally curly hair—which means a ton of built-in texture—but if you don’t, try coating your damp hair with an even layer of sea-salt spray before making your French braids to help keep your waves from falling. Sleep on the braids, gently unravel them in the morning, give them another spritz of salt spray to curb frizz, and boom: overnight beach waves with absolutely no heat.
How to Do Beach Waves with a Flat Iron + Curling Iron
The biggest issue short-hair struggle? Trying to wrap your short layers around a curling iron without them slipping off the barrel. But vlogger Brianna Fox has a trick: After blasting the section with texturizing spray, clamp each section at the middle, rather than at the ends, to get an even curl. Her second trick? Flat-iron just the ends of your waves to get a natural, bedhead-y finish.