May 14, 2020

How To Get Loose Beach Waves For Short Hair

Wondering how you can get great beach waves for short hair without a lot of effort?  Great news!  Today we have you covered with step-by-step instructions on how we get loose beach waves for short hair with any straight iron.

Ever want to know how to get loose beach waves for short hair? We have you covered inside today’s post.

When I cut my hair a few months back, the one style I coveted the most was the cute, semi-messy beach wave look everyone with short hair seemed to achieve with ease.  Over the years, I have mastered a good curl with a curling iron, but could never seem to get my curls to look more loose as opposed to tight curls.

At the recommendation of several girlfriends, I made the investment in a ghd flat iron and started to play with various methods to achieve the perfect beach waves for short hair.

I will warn in advance, it takes some playing around with in order to achieve the look you want (at least that was my experience).  However, once you’ve practiced it’s well worth it once you have mastered your own personal technique.

Today, I’ll share with you the tips and techniques I use to achieve the perfect loose beach wave look for every day.

NOTE: For the purpose of this tutorial, I will assume you have already washed and dried your hair in advance of curling. 🙂  Also, before you begin curling, you may find it helpful to read over all of the steps in advance to get a good feel for the process and technique.





Before you start to curl, turn on your flat iron and arrange your ideal temperature settings.  I personally use the ghd gold styler.  This flat iron features two dual sides plates on either side of the iron.  I also highly recommend you keep the size of the iron to about one inch.





Section off your hair into two part, pinning the top section of your hair to the top of your head.  I use a small hair clip which holds the top section in place.  Also, if you have longer hair, you may want to divide the section into three sections as opposed to two.  I find that parting and curling my hair in two sections gives it extra volume.




Once you have sectioned off your hair, start with one side of your hair by gathering 1-2 inch sections of hair at a time.  I always start with my left side and work myself around to the right side.  Also, I try to grab random 1-2 inch sections of my hair as opposed to every piece of hair.

Once you have your chosen 1-2 inch section of hair, add the section to the iron placing the iron roughly 3-4 inches away down the hair line or away from our scalp.  Doing so will ensure the start of the curl is lower to avoid your hair from looking ‘poofy.’

Once you have placed your selected strand of hair into the flat iron, close the iron around your hair and twist the iron so it is wrapped around your hair entirely. Slowly pull downwards away from your scalp.  This technique is very similar to curling ribbon with a pair of scissors.  Keeping that in mind was really helpful for me.  🙂 

Also, when you are creating the beach wave, you always want to remember to curl the the direction away from your face.  Each piece I curl typically takes me 6 seconds each based on the length of my hair.

To achieve the perfect loose beach waves for short hair, continue this process all the way around your head for the bottom section.  Once you have moved away from the first few sections around your face, start to alter the curls from backwards to forwards with every other strand.  Doing so will ensure your beach waves are not the exact same throughout the process.

Last, leave a the last inch or two of your hair untouched at the bottom or use the flat iron to straighten the loose ends at the bottom.  I typically like to straighten every other piece.




Unclip the top portion of your hair previously pinned up and use a comp or brush to lightly part your hair based on your liking.  Once your hair has fallen into place, and parted where you might like, begin to section your pair into 1-2 inch sections has you had done with the bottom section of hair.

Follow all of the directions from step 3 remembering to curl away from your face and altering the direction of the curl with every other piece.

If for some reason it appears you have more beach waves on one side as opposed to the other, grab small pieces on either side you think need more curl while twisting and pulling downwards.


Once you have curled all the pieces as desired, finish your beach waves for short hair by adding any hairspray or styling spray you would typically use.  You’re all set!  Go out there and wow everyone with your new fabulous look!

Remember, the best way to achieve loose beach waves for short hair with a flat iron is to practice over and over.  Once you have the hang of what specific technique works best for your hair, I think you’ll find it’s incredibly easy and one of the quickest ways to style your hair. 

Not to mention, I find my flat iron curls last twice as long.  I slept on these curls overnight and still woke up the next morning looking perfectly styled.  And, I did not apply any hairspray in the case below.

If you have any different tips on how to get beach waves for short hair, I’d love to hear them!

Share them in the comments below and I’ll happily update the post and link back your suggestion!  

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