“Beach waves have become one of the most wanted hairstyles out there,” says Dani Butler, stylist at David J. Witchell Salon & Spa in Peddler’s Village.
The trend has evolved over the years, from tighter, more formal curls, to the latest textured and more natural look. The reason, says Dani, is the popularity of the balayage hair color trend, in which haircolor is applied as if being hand painted on the hair. She says, “When hair is styled with beach waves, the color and dimension of the balayage really pops.”
But just as the “no-makeup makeup” look actually takes some effort to achieve, “effortless” beach waves take a bit of work as well.
The key to creating this style comes down to the prep work, says Sarah Offerman, stylist at Sarah Elizabeth Hair and Colour Bar in Morrisville. Before blow drying, she recommends first working a primer with heat protectant, like Keratherapy 20-in-1 Keratinfixx Cream, through damp hair, followed by a volumizing mousse, like Colorproof’s Control Craze.
Next comes the blowdry, where you’ll want to get the hair as smooth as possible, “but keep it soft,” Dani cautions. “Especially with fine hair, you’ll want to be careful not to stretch your hair too much, as this can make it difficult for the hair to retain curls and waves later on.”