Today I thought it would be fun to share how to get beachy - messy waves in this step by step how to guide and video tutorial! This has been my go-to hairstyle for several months now. A lot of peeps have asked me what I use to style my hair and I’m excited to share it on the blog and my YouTube channel! Of course I have always done some sort of wave/curl to my hair (see here!) but my whole world changed once I switched from my curling iron to a curling wand. Total game changer! The wand definitely gives you more of that easy - breezy - didn’t work too hard - even tho you maybe did - cool girl - messy waves - just came from the beach - hairstyle. Yes please. I’d recommend clicking play on the video below - I do an in depth tutorial in my teeny bathroom and show you all my tips and tricks! Including one I learned from Dearly Bethany! Love the sixties vibe it gives and I think you will too - so be sure to watch till the end!
While I would recommend you use a wand to get this effect, you can totally try doing this with a straightener or curling iron. The taper of the wand gives it that messier look but you can always just leave about two inches of your hair uncurled when working with a different tool - you should get a similar effect!
I bought this Hot Tools wand on a whim last summer and it has changed my life . Not knowing much about wands, I asked for help at my local Ulta. Seeing as I was growing out my hair and my hair is pretty thick,, this is the one they recommended. I love how wide the barrel is! if it was any smaller it would make the curls small and tight. Not really the look I was going for!
You’ll also need a good hairspray. I was completely out of my favorite one (bummer) but was able to make a sea salt spray work for me. Really you just need a little somethin’ somethin’ to spritz as you go. It adds texture to your hair and that is so important for this wavy hairstyle - it gives you the effortless, messy look! This Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast smells soooo amazing and doesn't make my hair feel crunchy or weird. It's the perfect spray for this look and the texture of my hair!
Of course my favorite spray was empty - I blame you, Daniel! So I reached for another spray - this one is a seal salt spray that I like to have on hand. It's not my absolute favorite, but it did help give me that texture I needed to finish off this look.
How do you like to style your hair? I’m a v lazy person when it comes to getting ready in the morning (lol) so this messy hairstyle has been so stellar for me! I hope y’all like it, too!
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.