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Last updated: August 08, 2017

Reinvent Your Beachy Looks

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She emerges from the sea, and as the warm sun dries her hair, it settles into perfectly proportioned, graceful waves. By the time she changes for dinner, her hair is a mass of shiny, beach-coiled perfection.


Nah. Not in a million years. Every stylist knows beach waves don’t just happen. They require technique, time and attention to the nuances of each client’s texture. Plus, beach wave trends continue to evolve, and this season, there are several new shapes to master.


Here, four pros share their thoughts on the newest shapes and how-tos, plus the best products to ensure the waves you create are truly beachy-keen.


Kevin Hughes, Moroccanoil Global Ambassador



Top Beach Wave Trend: Use beach waves as the foundation for everything from loose chignons to braided Boho looks.


How To Do It: Prep damp hair with a dime-sized amount of Moroccanoil Treatment, followed by Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream and blow-dry the hair. Create a deep center part and separate the hair into even sections. Mist with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection, and wrap each section around a 1 ¼-inch curling iron, leaving the last 2 inches of hair out of the iron to create a gentle bend. Mist with Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray for volume and touchable texture and piece out the ends with Moroccanoil Texture Clay.


What To Use: Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray is a dry, argan-oil infused spray used as a foundation to prep the hair for no-slip styling or as a finishing spray to achieve carefree, tousled texture with hold.


Ron Williams, PHYTO Paris Specific National Educator


Top Beach Wave Trend: Loose waves that frame the face with flirt and movement.


How To Do It: Rough-dry the hair to support the wave. Divide dry hair into five sections—crown, sides and two nape sections. Mist with thermal protectant. Use a variety of iron sizes on ¼-inch subsections. Begin at the nape and work up to the crown, avoiding excessive volume at the top. Once all curls have cooled, shake gently to produce a natural flow. If hair is naturally curly, apply curl cream before drying, then define the waves with an iron.


What To Use: PHYTOKÉRATINE Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray repairs dry, damaged and brittle hair while defending it from blow-drying and hot tool styling.  



Daryce Brown-Willis, MIZANI Artist and Educator



Beach Wave Trend: On tightly-wound tresses, the MIZANI “3d khoil” produces light, airy beach-waved shapes using minimal heat.


How To Do It: Blow-dry the hair, maintaining the natural texture. Depending on curl type, use your fingers, Denman or wet brush. Coil ¾- or 1-inch sections from scalp to ends, then wrap the sections around a small iron set on low. Maintain consistent tension as you coil and wrap. Push each section off the iron, allowing the coils to cool in place, then separate from the scalp, leaving the ends intact.


What To Use: Mist with MIZANI 25 Miracle Milk leave-in detangler and heat protectant prior to blow-drying. Finish with MIZANI HRM Humidity Resistant Mist for hold and frizz control and MIZANI Supreme Oil for moisture and shine.


Alfredo Lewis, Brazilian Blowout Director of Global Education



Top Beach Wave Trend: Loose, tousled and effortless with lots of shine.



How To Do It: Start on second-day hair. Set the hair on a 1 ½- or 2-inch iron, ends to midshaft, omitting the top 2 inches. Close the clamp, hold for 10 seconds and release.



What To Use: Mix a quarter-sized amount of Brazilian Blowout Acai Flexible Molding Clay Wax with 4 drops of Brazilian Blowout Brazilian Dry Oil, emulsify and separate each curl with your fingers to add texture and shine. 

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