No hairstyle screams summer quite like beachy waves. Mermaid-esque waves look effortless and totally fit the vibe of the season. Whether you have straight hair or curly hair, thin hair or thick hair, you can rock the beachy waves look with minimal effort... if you know which products to use for your hair type, that is. It varies from person to person — for example, those with thin strands are going to want to pump up the volume, while those with thicker hair might want to smooth things out a bit.
So, with all that in mind, here are the best beachy waves products for every hair type: All you have to do is apply your product of choice to damp hair, tousle with your fingers, and let your hair air dry to rock this style.
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For Fine or Thin Hair: Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $5.99
If you have fine or thin hair, you know that the struggle to pump up the volume (and have your hair hold a style) is real. So to create beachy waves, you'll want to use a salt spray for much-needed texture, body, and hold. This one is formulated with dead sea salt and sea kelp to help bring on the waves.
For Straight Hair: Ouai Wave Spray, $26
Think you can't pull off beachy waves if you have straight hair? Think again. Jen Atkin, hairstylist to the Kardashians, has created this beachy wave spray for a variety of hair types. It's formulated with rice protein to add texture and hold, a must for straight hair. Plus, it has a gorgeous fragrance featuring notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose, and violet.
For Wavy Hair: Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion, $29
Congratulations: You have the ideal hair type for beachy waves! For wavy-haired individuals, it's all about enhancing what you've already got with a nourishing spray, like this one. Formulated with sea salt and a variety of oils (like mango seed and coconut), your hair will feel soft and smooth, not crunchy.
For Curly Hair: Amika Haute Mess Texture Gloss, $25
When it comes to creating beachy waves on curly hair, it's all about loosening up those spirals and locking those waves in place. Enter this lightweight gel, which is formulated with copolymers, grapefruit, and honey for a perfectly undone look. Expect shiny, defined waves — without any stiffness.