How To Get Messy Beach Waves 

I have been blessed (or burdened, depending on the day) with a ton of hair. And when I say a ton, I mean it. My hair has been referred to as a “horse tail” and the back of my neck is always the warmest part of my body. Cute, right? With that being said, I love my hair! I would even go as far as saying that I find my identity in my hair… That may be overdoing it, but whatever. Thankfully for me, beach waves have been a big hair trend and I honestly don’t see that changing soon.

I’ve rounded up my four favorite products to getting my messy waves and have added some tips along the way for those of you who don’t have naturally textured or thick hair.

Kerestase Elixir Ultime Original Oil

This is the creme de le creme of hair oils. It helps to reduce breakage and split-ends, it provides thermal protection, restores your hair fibers, and gives long lasting shine! I honestly don’t know how I ever did my hair without this stuff. On top of all the positive things it does for you hair, it also smells soooooo good. So good. And the nice thing about this oil is that it can be used for any hairstyle. This is a staple product for me regardless of the hairstyle I’m trying to create. I highly recommend this product.

To use; I take 2 pumps and spread it around my hands. Then I take the product and run it through my hair, applying the majority below my crown. Once most of the product has left my hands, I take the remaining product and apply it above my crown. Make sure you are only putting a minimal amount above your crown, otherwise your hair will look oily.


I have heard so many people rave about this product so I obviously had to try it. That was about a year ago and I’m now on my third bottle of the stuff. I know a “detangler” kind of sound like the shampoo you used to use when you were little, but this stuff rocks. It makes my hair so soft and really does help to keep my tangles to a minimum. I’m someone who can brush my hair and have a rats nest at the nape of my neck 3 hours later. It’s a lot of fun. This product legitimately helps and saves me a lot of frustration and pain the next time I brush my hair.

To use; I spritz this through my hair about 5 times and massage in.

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

I have tried a good amount of salt sprays but nothing compares to Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray. That’s probably why is a cult favorite and the one I will reach for first. Always. It doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or sticky like some wave sprays can but instead, it provides body and texture to my hair. I can still run my fingers through my hair once I’ve sprayed this and it lasts all day. My waves look natural but are given a little added “oomph.” What more could you want in a salt spray?

To use; spray liberally through damp hair and then scrunch sections with your hands.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

IGK is a newer brand to me, but I have been very impressed with their products so far. I picked up their Coconut Oil Gel and few months ago and it has made its way into my daily hair routine. It adds a subtle texture and moisture to my hair. Plus the smell is a bonus.

To use; take a pea sized amount and apply to your ends.

TIPS: If you have fine hair, I would skip this product and instead opt for a texturizing spray, such as Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray. Remember that too much product in your hair, especially oils and gels, can weigh your hair down and make it looks flat and greasy. I would also recommend taking a 1″ curling iron and putting a few curls in your hair. They don’t need to look perfect and you get a more texturized look if you alternate curling one piece towards your face and the next away from your face. Also, don’t curl the ends of your hair. Leave about 1-2 inches out of the curler for the ultimate beach wave look!

Hope these product recommendations and tips help! Let me know in the comments below what kind of hair products you love!

Emily 💋



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