15 Ways To Get Beach Waves Even Mermaids Will Envy

by Bethany Lozier

15 Ways To Get Beach Waves Even Mermaids Will Envy
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Set aside your curling irons and super-hold hairspray, beach goddesses! We’ve surfed the net and fished for the best products you’ll need to create beach waves of your dreams. No matter your hair length, texture or color, you’ll be rocking mermaid-like hair all summer long with this lineup.


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Ouai Wave Spray


This beauty brand stormed onto the scene with its holy grail wave spray. Beach waves are instantly achievable with a few spritzes of this rice-protein blend on either dry or damp hair. Even once it dries, there’s no crunch or dryness. If only you could buy this one in bulk…

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DEVACURL WAVE MAKER™ Touchable Texture Whip


For those of you blessed with naturally wavy hair, this whipped mousse is exactly what you need to keep your texture in check. Even in high temps and humidity, this product is up to the task of maintaining your style without added weight or stiffness (and a delish smell to top it all off).

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Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Soft Waves Tropical Banana Sea Salt Spray


We’ll bet you’ve spotted this blue-and-white bottle at your local drugstore more than a few times, no? Infused with Dead Sea salt, this mixture is definitely an upgrade from any DIY attempts you’ve tried in the past. Not everyone is crazy about the smell, and fine-haired ladies should probably steer clear, but this spray works on most hair types and will bring summery life to your strands. Plus, for less than $5, it’s so worth a try.

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Redken Beach Envy Wave Aid


The ultra-popular pro hair care brand just released a very timely summer hair collection designed to give you beach waves everyone will gush over. This treatment styler spray is formulated without salt (which can be drying) and will even give your roots a voluminous boost! For best results, apply to damp hair, allow to air dry, and add in heat tools for extra effect.

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IGK 1995 2-in-1 Shampoo & Texturizer


Two products in one sounds too good to be true when it comes to hair care, but this beloved multitasker delivers on all fronts. Clay fibers build up volume and texture for both fine and thick hair, and reviewers say this ‘poo and conditioner combo has revitalized their hair. Wave hello to this superhero for your hair!

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OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Texturizing Sea Salt Spray


Another drugstore staple, this little blue bottle packs a big punch when it comes to delivering mermaid hair results. Its salt-based formula is kinder to your locks than ocean waves, but it’s admittedly not the best for naturally straight hair. If your hair is wavy or curly, give this one a go!

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John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray


If you’re an avid flat iron or curler user, this sea salt spray will become your best partner in crime in achieving lasting, beachy looks. Some die hard fans miss the OG formula, but the smell is heavenly and the product won’t weigh your hair down. Use it to enhance natural waves or to lay the groundwork for your own!

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo


Instead of going for a dip in the big blue, douse your beautiful locks in this 'poo for the beachy texture you adore (without the salty crunch, of course). Free of parabens and full of good-for-your-hair ingredients, this shampoo is beloved by all hair types and textures, but it works especially well for straight and fine hair.

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PACIFICA Salty Waves Texturizing Conditioner


We’re conditioned to think sprays and leave-in mousses are key to achieving surfer girl hair, but this conditioner is exactly what aspiring mermaids should try for lasting waves. Designed to work for every hair type, this formula is infused with chamomile, banana, and sea algae to treat your locks with extra care while texturizing to the max. Needless to say, everyone loves this stuff!

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Verb Sea Conditioner


Be kind to your hair while finessing waves even the ocean herself would lust for. This indie hair care brand may have just cracked the code in creating a conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down but will add texture and softness to fine, straight and wavy hair types. Be warned: If you use keratin, steer clear of this conditioner!

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Morroccan Oil Beach Wave Mousse


Mousse is not just for ’80s beach babes, we promise! Salt-free and full of ingredients to protect your hair from harmful UV rays, this mousse is best used on wet hair and left to diffuse or air dry. Some reviewers caution if used incorrectly, this product will leave an undesirable crunch and sticky feeling, so be sure to read the directions extra carefully.

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IGK Beach Club Travel Texture Spray


Whether you’re planning an ocean side vacay or a relaxing staycation, everyone needs a travel salt spray in her beauty bag at all times. Adorable packaging aside, this aerosol spray can be used on wet or dry hair for instant volume and texture with the help of gluten-free wheat protein.

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Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo


As the age-old saying goes, dirty hair holds style better than clean (or something like that, right?). Most dry shampoos deliver on adding volume and added oomph to your style, but this one even gives lust-worthy texture with a beachy vibe. Reviews love the smell, price point, and practically everything about this ‘poo!

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Tigi Bedhead Beach Me Wave Defining Gel Mist


Are you even surprised the iconic Bedhead line of haircare products has beach wave-specific wares? This lightweight mist, mixed with marine algae extract, lightly coats wet hair to create surfer chick curls. Reviewers are obsessing over their results, blowouts and air drying alike!

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Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion


This luxurious hair lotion comes to your hair rescue with its unique matte formula, designed to deliver perfectly beachy strands without looking messy or undone. Some say it’s not the best for thick hair, but fine hair and naturally curly hair types are are loving their polished waves. For best results, apply to damp hair and allow to air dry to your liking.