Beautiful Beach Curls

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Beautiful beach curls.

Everyone wants them, but most people feel like they are hard to achieve.

I’m here to give you the secrets I learned being a hairstylist. With these diy beauty tips, you will be able to rock the curls this summer. When you want that fun, beachy look, you can do a variety of curls depending on the iron you use. The one I use on a daily basis is a 1 inch curling wand from hot tools. I love this wand because you can create so many looks with it.

As a mom I feel it is easy to go from “hot to trot” to “frumpy Mcfrumspter” in seconds. One day you wake up to realize you are rarely wearing jeans and constantly washing yoga pants. This isn’t true for all women of course. But let be honest, what is easier? Wearing jeans, or putting on those sweats? Yup, you guessed it! But just because we are staying home and being comfortalbe doesn’t mean we can’t glam ourselves up at the same time! Who said we can’t have it both ways?

So here it is, an easy tutorial on bouncy beach curls. One of my favorite things to do as the summer approaches. If only we could wake up like this each day or get beach curls when AT THE BEACH…Unfortunately a little work is required to get the perfect beach curl. But it is not hard I promise!

How to get the perfect beautiful beach curls. Step by step tutorial to help you master your curling iron and get a fun, beachy look for your hair this summer. | beach waves

The Perfect Bouncy Beach Curls

I created this look WITHOUT PRODUCT. Jaws should be dropping at this point. Usually, product is key. However, you can create similar looks without it. The key word in that phrase was “similar”. I am a huge believer that the right product can do anything. But it is not the end of the world if not used.

Now for the good stuff!

Step One: Section off your hair
I like to leave the top for last on this look, because I am super pick about how the top lays. Don’t you just love the before pictures? No makeup, dark sleep deprived mama, and the pre-puked on shirt from a toddler. Such is the life as a mom right?

Don't fret your flat hair - with this tutorial you can have fun, beachy curls fast!

Step Two: Twist Your Hair
In the picture above you see me twisting the hair around my fingers. I like to do this before (or after if you like it better) because I feel like it gives more “oomph” to your curls. Below is how I like to curl. This is totally preference. I love the ceramic wands because it allows you to “slide” the hair back and forth while it is wrapped. While holding onto the end piece you are able to wrap, lift, and slide back to the same position without letting go. By allowing the heat to move along your hair, you can create more volume where needed.

Wrap and rewrap your hair around the barrel of the curling iron to get the heat on every part of your hair. This will make better beach curls.

Step Three: Continue to wrap and twist your hair
Do this until all of the sections have been twisted. You can tell from the pictures below where there are more “lift and bounce” to the middle sections.

Once you have twisted all of your hair with the curling iron, you will start to see curls...but we aren't finished yet!

Step Four: Shake and Flip
At this point you may feel your hair is needing a little volume. So (this is my favorite part!) flip it upside down and shake out all the curls! That’s right shake them good! Get in there and give your head a good scalp massage while your at it!

Hair Tip: If you want to achieve more voluminous curls, layered hair is the best option. Even little layers will go a long way when curling the hair.

While upside down I like to place the hair between my hands and quickly rub my hands back and forth over my hair.

Now it is time to add some volume to your beach waves. You don't want beach curls that lay flat on your head - so start shaking and flipping, working your hands through your hair.

As you can see from the first two pictures on the left, there was volume created from running my hands through, shaking, and moving my hands back and forth over my hair. Make it big! You can tweak your hair if it is too much volume.

Get the perfect beach waves for your summer look. | Step by step tutorial for beach curls anyone can do.

Voila! You have beautiful beach curls. If you want them more loose, skip the twisting step and instead pull the hair straight after curling. This will give it a looser beach wave look instead.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial – let me know if you have any questions.

About Tahnee Smallwood

Tahnee is a Wife, Mother, Professional Hairstylist, children's book connoisseur , and lover of home-style cooking. She worked in the salon for 7 years until venturing out and starting her own Hair & makeup business to stay home with her two babies. She will be graduating in Graphic Design this summer and is thrilled to open the next section of her business! She is passionate about many things in life, and hopes that through her blog, she can bring a little "motivation for mommies" in all areas of life.Being a mom has taught her to celebrate each day as it comes, even if that means wearing the same pair of sweats and a t-shirt AGAIN with a new shade of lip-stick. Each day needs a little "oomph" to it, and her hopes are to add just that when you are reading. You can visit her personal blog at Sincerely Rose. She can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  • Angie says:

    Great tutorial! I will have to give this a try. I missed the “twist and shake” part in the past, so maybe this will perk up my curls 🙂

  • Your hair holds curl beautifully– if I tried to do that without product, all the curls would be out in 15 minutes! I need a lot of product to keep curl, and it still would never look like that! Hair texture has so much to do with achieving that look 🙂

    • You have a point Michelle! I would always say use product before trying it without! When working in the salon, I found a good sea salt spray for texture help to hold curls! I would use this on wedding hair, prom, or everyday curls for women who had no curl or the curls would not hold. Other things that I love is a volume mouse and root lift for added texture. Hopefully that helps!