As beauty editors, we consider ourselves quite fortunate to reside in Los Angeles. The land of swaying palm trees and balmy beaches is kind to our skin and hair, with weather that rarely dips below 50º and a temperament that is highly conducive to lightly bronzed skin year round (don’t hate). Oh, and there’s the fact that we reside near several beaches and thus are able to achieve Pinterest-worthy beach waves by simply, well, going to the beach (like we said—don’t hate). Not ones to keep beauty secrets to ourselves, and knowing the rest of the nation deserves glam hair too, we picked the minds of four of L.A.’s top hairstylists. The request? To have them share their unique techniques for creating the perfect “just took a dip in the ocean” wave. Their clients include Emma Stone and Cara Delevingne, so we knew we could take their word for gospel. Salt spray ready? Keep scrolling to find out four different ways to do beachy waves, the L.A. way.
The Hairstylist: Mara Roszak, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Hairstylist
Clients: Emma Stone, Cara Delevingne, Zoe Saldana
#1 Beach Wave Product: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Tousle Wave Spray ($5)
1. Prepping for the perfect beach wave starts in the shower. Begin by ensuring your hair has great shine—because no one wants dull, wavy hair. A great new system I love is L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss ($5). The collection features a shampoo and conditioner, as well as a leave-in shine treatment.
2. The next step in the process is to comb and roughly towel-dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp. Then, apply L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Txt It Tousle Wave Spray all over your hair and braid it into two separate braids. From here, either allow hair to naturally dry or blow-dry the braids to speed up the process.
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Clients: Chloë Grace Moretz, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian
#1 Beach Wave Product: R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25)
1. To create the prefect beach waves, start with damp, air-dried hair and create your desired part.
2. Spritz a salt spray, like R+Co’s Rockaway Salt Spray through the lengths of your hair and then continue to let air-dry to completion.
3. Next, take small sections around the face and curl with a curling iron—or, if you've mastered it, use a flatiron for a more relaxed look.
Clients: Hailee Steinfeld, Jena Malone
#1 Beach Wave Product: Leonor Greyl Paris Èclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46)
1. The trick to the perfect beach wave is the right products combined with the right technique. I always like to start beach waves with wet hair. Prepping the hair when it's wet is key! I start off with a small amount of Oribe’s Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse ($37), concentrating at the roots only to give body.
2. Next, I apply Aquage Sea Salt Spray ($18) all over, being careful not to apply too much product (about five pumps total). The easiest way to distribute this product evenly is to start in the nape of your neck and work your way up to the top of the hair in big sections, about 2 inches thick (usually about four sections total).
3. Lastly, apply a dime-sized dollop of Leonor Greyl Èclat Naturel Styling Cream to the ends for definition and moisture.
Clients: Isabelle Fuhrman, Katherine Schwarzenegger
#1 Beach Wave Product: Leonor Greyl Èclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46)
1. To prep hair, I use start with a volumizing spray, like Sally Hershberger’s 24K Root Envy ($32), spraying from roots to ends on wet hair. Then I rough-dry the hair until it’s 90% dry.
2. Once rough-dried, I blow-dry with a large, round brush to build volume and smooth the ends of hair for a more polished look.
3. Once prepped, I section the hair into three sections—left, back, and back of the head.