Welcome to the wild version of waves: a beachy style which gives a summery and rock-chic look, like no other, to long hair. Let's take a closer look at this must-have, timeless hairstyle.
Beach waves: long hair's not-so secret weapon
If classic waves on long hair are perfect for a glamorous evening or special occasion, their cousin, the beach waves, don't belong to the same scene. Disheveled just enough for a wild effect while remaining resolutely feminine, just-back-from-the-beach waves are an undeniable staple in our hairstyle arsenal. In both summer and winter, they give a elegantly rebellious shape to hair, which we can use and abuse as much as we like... unlike UV rays.
Waves on which anyone can surf
The advantage of beach waves, according to Delphine Courteille, hair stylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, is that they suit everybody: "Whether you have an oval-, long-, square- or triangle-shaped face, beach waves suit everybody." Even though this style particularly suits blondes, brunettes and redheads can also take the plunge. The only restriction to this rock n'roll mermaid look? You need really long locks to start with.
Not only length, but texture too
Obtaining a happy medium between waves and disheveled hair is painstaking. Your stylist will twist sections of hair using a special curling iron, and give them texture with a salt spray. If you want to copy the look at home the easy way, ask for the "beach waves" option at your salon, for a style that will last up to 8 weeks: all you'll need to do is tousle them up every morning for the perfect wild look!