How to Get Beach Waves on Short Hair: The 5 Easiest YouTube Tutorials

How to Get Beach Waves on Short Hair: The 5 Easiest YouTube Tutorials

Published by Rehana Paul   |   July 25, 2020   |   Read Time 2 mins

Remember beaches? Remember beach-y hair? Even though you may not be heading back to the beach anytime soon (wear a mask and practice social distancing!), it doesn’t mean you can’t have the same wavy hairstyle at home, even if you have incredibly short hair.

So whether you want to learn how to do beach waves on your short hair because you’re bored, or you have a Zoom date tonight, we got you covered with the best Youtube tutorials, below.

How to do heatless beach waves

This vlogger has naturally curly hair—which means a ton of built-in texture already—but if you don’t, try coating your damp hair with an even layer of sea-salt spray before making your French braids to help keep your waves from falling. Sleep on the braids, gently unravel them in the morning, give them another spritz of salt spray to curb frizz. 

How to do beach waves with a wand

This tutorial is crazy easy—just curl your hair with a one-inch wand and rake through it with your fingers for soft waves. If your short hair can’t hold a curl, spritz your damp hair with a sea-salt spray before drying it, then blast your roots and ends with texturizing spray before and after curling it.

How to do beach waves with a flat iron

Vlogger Sadora Paris not only has natural, tightly coiled hair but also a magical skill that allows her to create insanely gorgeous beach waves using only a straightener. After fully flat-ironing her short hair, she works section by section, rolling her flat iron forward and backward down her hair to create a crimped-like wave. It may sound confusing at first, but it’s surprisingly easy. Mist your hair with a texturizing spray for added volume to finish.

How to do beach waves with a curling iron


Vlogger Chloe Brown has a choppy little bob haircut, so for anyone who says they can’t do beach waves on short hair, this tutorial is for you. The curls in this video may look a little sausage-y at first, but that’s actually the key: Tight, long curls (blasted with some sea-salt spray or texturizing spray first, to give you a bunch of grip and hold) leave you with great voluminous beach waves once you rake through them with your fingers at the end.

How to do beach waves with a flat iron + curling iron

The biggest issue short-hair struggle is trying to wrap your short layers around a curling iron without them slipping off the barrel. But vlogger Brianna Fox has a trick: After blasting the section with texturizing spray, clamp each section at the middle, rather than at the ends, to get an even curl. Her second trick is to flat-iron just the ends of your waves to get a natural, effortless finish.

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