Beach waves are the hairstyle of summer for more than one reason. Yes, for those of us with naturally wavy hair, it’s easier to just let our manes air dry when temps are flirting with 95-degrees. But for the rest of us with stick straight locks, beach waves are also super easy to achieve. And no, it doesn’t have to require a flat iron or even knowing how to French braid your own hair (which is way harder than it looks, TBH).
The queen of waves, aka celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, recently took to IGTV to show us just how to get those fresh-from-the-sea bends right out of the shower with nothing but our hands, a blow dryer and a few wave-creating products. And although Atkin has her own amazing haircare line called OUAI, she sings the praises of a few other brands too.
Here, we break down the three easy steps and everything she suggests to achieve “accordion waves.” Long live beach hair.