When hairstylist Larisa Love isn’t busy running her own salon or globe-trotting as the industry educator for Joico, she finds time to decamp to Death Valley to style Lady Gaga’s dancers (“Stupid Love” teams blue and green, represent!). So imagine our surprise when this A-list stylist revealed her favorite tool for giving her highlight-kissed mane those sought-after beach waves: a $30 triple-barrel curling iron she bought on a lark from Amazon.
“I’ve literally been using nothing but this on my hair for the past three months,” the stylist tells us, whipping out her consumer-model styling tool and setting the heat to high. “Turn it up to the highest heat, because then you don’t have to hold each section in the tool for too long.” And that’s not her only trick for luscious locks. Here’s how to get beach waves in just five easy steps (and without setting foot in the ocean).