How I Get Beach Waves with a Curling Iron

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As someone who is basically illiterate when it comes to styling their hair (past straightening or curling it), I am the absolute last person who should be sharing any sort of hair tutorial but here we are. I’ve finally learned how to get beach waves with my curling iron and if I can do it, you can too 😉

No matter what the length of my hair is, I always opt for my 1″ Hot Tools curling iron (with the occasional use of a 1 1/4″ curling iron mixed in) to style my hair and it’s always worked wonders. I actually had the same one since middle school (I am 25, people – that’s a long ass time) up until it finally crapped the bed a few months ago. When I went to replace it, I did consider other options but fell into my old ways. For the sake of this tutorial, I am using the 1″ but will probably switch to the 1 1/4″ soon since my hair is getting longer.

Note: I always start with clean hair (second day hair isn’t a thing I am blessed with but need to train my hair ASAP) and use this hair dryer and this heat protectant.

How to Get Beach Waves with a Curling Iron

Step One

Start by separating your hair into sections to make the styling process much, much easier. I always do three sections, with the middle section having the most hair. Depending on the thickness of your hair, split the bottom most layer around the middle to top of your ear and spray with Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray. A little goes a long way, so you don’t need to go too crazy!

Looking for sectioning clips? These ones are amazing!

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Step Two

Taking your curling iron, you will want to wrap your hair away from your face around the barrel (not utilizing the clamp – thing of your curling iron as a curling wand!) two times, leaving the last inch or two of hair out. Hold for a few seconds and let go!

Once you’ve let the piece of hair that you just curled go, grab the tip and pull it straight so it’s a loose wave. Work your way around the bottom layer until all of your hair has been curled!


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Step Three

Now that you have the bottom layer done, you’ll want to clip that section together so it doesn’t get mixed in with the next one. To do this, I like to use these clips and do a low pony in the center of my head.

When I separate the next layer, I like to let my hair down completely and then clip up the pieces from my temples and up (the crown of your head) to do last. Before you start curling these sections, don’t forget to spray with Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray! Once you’re done with the second section, follow the same steps to style the remaining section.

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Step Four

Once you have finished curling your hair, you’ll notice the last inch or two of hair you left out of the barrel is going in all different directions. Annoying right? To fix this, grab your hair straightener (I’ve had this ghd one for years!) and straighten the last inch or two of your hair! On the days I’m in a rush or don’t have my straightener on me, I’ll use my curling iron and the clamp as a straightener. This is also the best way to limit extra tools when you’re traveling!

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Step Five

Almost done, I promise! Give your hair one final spritz of texturizing hair spray and give your hair a little zhush (is that how you spell it!? 😂). If you’re after a more piece-y look with polished roots (goodbye flyaways!), the Kristin Ess serum works wonders!

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  1. 4.18.19
    Kristty said:

    I have this same hot tools and it’s amazing! Plus texture spray is a god send!

  2. 4.18.19
    roxy said:

    I absolutely love this step-by-step tutorial! And the finished result is perfection. So helpful to know each tool that you used so I can give these cute waves a try on my own!

  3. 4.18.19
    Cathy said:

    This hairstyle looks so good! I’m really bad at doing my hair, I tend to wash and go. I would love to try this! Thanks for the tutorial, I am going to try it!


  4. 4.18.19
    rebecca said:

    i am SO bad at beach waves because my hair does NOT hold a curl!! you do an amaze job. looks great!

    xx rebecca // the crystal press

  5. 4.18.19

    I love your use of the word zhush! It’s so true. I love how you got these beach waves, it’s the perfect look!

  6. 4.18.19
    Liz said:

    Your hair looks so pretty! I’m definitely going to try this!

  7. 4.19.19
    Kileen said:

    Your hair is so gorgeous! Loving the beach waves babe!

    cute & little

  8. 4.19.19
    Lydia said:

    Perfect beachy waves always elude me, I’ll have to give your tutorial a try!
    Chic on the Cheap

  9. 4.19.19
    Morgan said:

    Ahhhh, step 4 is what I’ve been missing!! Gosh, it looks so perfect! For someone who says she doesn’t style hair very well, you killed this!!

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  10. 4.21.19
    Natalia said:

    LOVE the hair, would’ve never guessed you didn’t know how to style it before. I am also obssesed with the Ouai spray, my hair is so thin and this makes a huge difference. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! x

  11. 4.21.19
    Kristina said:

    Your beachy waves are on point!! Straightening the ends is key!

  12. 4.22.19

    This looks so pretty, great tutorial!

    xoxo Sarah