How To Create Natural Beach Waves

There's no better time for beach-inspired waves than a holiday weekend in the dead of summer. Watch as Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, shares how to make your client's beachy waves perfect just in time for the Fourth of July. 

  1. Take a tail comb and section off the hair horizontally, one inch above the nape.  
  2. Lightly spray the section with Iron Shape 11 to protect the hair from heat and hold the curl.  
  3. Using a 1.5 inch curling wand, loosely wrap a vertical section roughly one full time around the barrel. Make sure to leave the ends sticking out to prevent too much curl. Alternate the direction you wrap for each section.  
  4. Take the next horizontal section above the original horizontal section line right where the curve of the top off the head starts, wrapping all the way around the head. That will make about a two-inch wide section. Spray with the Redken Iron Shape 11.  
  5. Take a diagonal vertical section about one inch from the front hairline and wrap it around the wand laying flat, away from the face about one and a half times. Still leave the end of the piece off of the heat.  
  6. Skip the next section and repeat on a second section about one inch away from the first one, wrapping in the same direction. Continue this all the way around the head.  
  7. Using a 1.5 inch curling iron for the pieces you skipped, twist the hair lightly using the clamp in the opposite direction.  
  8. For the top section, switch back to the wand. Don’t forget to spray with the Redken Iron Shape 11, and then take a diagonal forward section starting at the front of the face.  
  9. So that the wave starts at the cheekbone, wrap the section one and a half times around the wand. Do the same thing to the front section on the other side of the natural part.  
  10. Repeat the exact same process as the horizontal section below for the rest of that final top section. 
  11. Give the hair plenty of time to cool so that the curls fully form for up to 30 minutes. Gently comb through the hair using your fingers. Spray with a finishing product like Redken Triple Dry 15, spraying from above downwards to prevent frizz.  

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