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Close your eyes and imagine yourself frolicking about on a tropical island beach, the warm sand cushioning your steps, and the frothy ocean waves lapping at your feet. A gentle breeze lifts your hair and sweeps it across your face. All you have to do is turn your face toward the wind, and you know you'll look fabulous. That's because you have fantastically sexy beach wavy hair. Now open your eyes, stop daydreaming and get to work. You're not at the beach, but you can still have the look.
Naturally Straight Hair
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and condition it with a rinse-out product. A volumizing conditioner will give your hair the body and bounce you need to have the best beach waves.
Blow dry your hair partially by bending over and holding your head upside down. Start at the roots, and work your way toward the ends. Stop blowing it dry while your hair is still damp.
Separate your hair into eight or 10 sections. Comb a small amount of hair gel through each section as you go. Wrap each section into a pin curl, and secure it with two bobby pins in a cross-cross pattern to hold them in place.
Spritz your pin curls with salt spray or a light hair spray. Allow the spray to dry naturally if you have time. If you're in a hurry, finish by using a blow dryer. Allow the curls to cool.
After your hair is dry and cool, remove the bobby pins and finger comb your hair into place. Your hair should fall into soft beach waves around your face. If you have any spots that need extra "oomph," use a curling iron to whip them into shape.
Naturally Curly Hair
Wash your hair at night before you go to bed. Use a mild shampoo and rinse-out conditioner for curly or wavy hair that will leave your hair soft and manageable.
Towel dry your hair. Avoid roughing it up too much, or you risk damaging the hair shafts.
Spray some style primer or spray gel on you towel-dried hair. You may use a wide-toothed comb to help distribute the product more evenly.
Go to bed with damp hair. The more you toss and turn throughout the night, the wavier your hair will be when you wake up.
Get up the next morning and finger comb your beachy waves.
Add a scarf or hairband to embellish your beach wavy hair.
Avoid using a brush, or the soft, shiny beach waves may become frizzy.