Whether or not you're planning to enjoy warm sands and clear blue waters, tousled beachy hair features a lovely texture to help you channel carefree summer vibes. Even if you don't naturally have curly or wavy hair, you can still recreate beachy waves. If you've been wondering how to do beach waves, ahead are the tools, tips and tricks to get you started on creating the summer hair of your dreams.

 1. Start Fresh: Clean and Dry Hair

No matter what type of summer hair you want, start with a clean, dry head. For silky soft strands, nourish your mane with Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo, which gently cleanses while replenishing moisture and shine to dry hair. For a burst of revitalizing essential fatty acids and a lovely tropical scent, pamper your hair with Desert Essence Island Mango Conditioner. Allow your hair to air dry after cleaning it, or blow-dry it on a low-heat setting until it's dry.

 2. Protect Your Strands: Apply Heat Protectant Spray

Cute hairstyles for summer often involve a hot styling tool, so remember to give your hair some love by protecting it from heat damage. A heat protectant like lightweight, silicone-free Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector Spray protects hair from heat in addition to detangling strands and taming frizz. As a result, you'll be able to work with soft, shiny hair. 

 3. Divide and Conquer: Section Your Hair

To create the beach waves hairstyle, divide your hair into sections and clip to top layers out of the way. While this is a simple step, you won't want to skip it to make sure that you're curling every part of your hair — it's a must especially if you have thick hair. But don't worry too much if you accidentally miss a small section or two since beachy waves don't need to be perfect!

 4. Wrap and Hold: Curling Your Hair

Next up is the most exciting step: actually curling your hair! Grab a 1-inch curling iron or wand and wrap a section of hair around the barrel — this size should work with most hair lengths, but you can also test out different barrel sizes, too. Start at the roots and work your way down to the ends. Keep the wrapped hair in place for about 3 to 4 seconds, then release the curls.  

 5. Mix it Up: Alternate Your Curling Directions

Go ahead and keep curling your hair sections. For a natural wave pattern, alternate the directions of your curl so that some are towards your face while others are away from it. If you curl all of your hair in the same direction, some pieces may wrap around each other, and you won’t have as effortless of a look. 

If you're hesitant about using a heating tool to get those easy, breezy waves, check out our blog on how to curl hair, which also features tips for curling hair without heat.

 6. Get That Effortless Look: Finger Comb and Scrunch for Beachy Waves

For those gorgeous beach wave curls, simply take your fingers to separate the waves for a natural-looking finish that isn't too tight. Remember that your hair doesn't have to look super symmetrical — part of the appeal with this summer hair trend is that it's easy and effortless.

 7. Add Texture: Enhance with Texturizing or Sea Salt Spray

To volumize your hair and amplify your waves, spritz a texturizing spray or sea salt spray onto your mane. Make sure to shake your product bottle vigorously before you spray, then add the spray to the roots and mid-lengths of your strands. 

 8. Hold it Together: Set with Light Hairspray

Whatever summer hairstyles you have in mind, you can't go wrong with a light hairspray to set your look in place. All you need to do is add a little hairspray to a brush and gently work it into your hair. 

It's officially beachy waves season, and thankfully, gorgeous, effortless waves are just a few tools and tips away. To help nourish and protect your hair when you experiment with this fun summer hairstyle, embrace the botanically replenishing powers of Desert Essence hair care.