How to Create Beachy Waves (With a Flat Iron)

How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial)  How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial)   Earlier this month we got to work on a bunch of style posts with our dear friend AnnaRose Kern. AnnaRose is a professional makeup artist and hairstylist based in Los Angeles. She works on shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Sing-Off, America’s Next Top Model, and The Hunger Games, to name a few.

She is also an experienced consultant in cosmetic development, working with brands like Kat Von D for Sephora and Julie Hewett Cosmetics. All the ladies of ABM felt like we learned a TON while she was in town, and we can’t wait to share her tips and expert advice with you in the coming months!

How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial) Today AnnaRose is sharing how to achieve these beachy-looking waves. Take it away!

How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial)    How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial)     Doing beach waves with a flat iron isn’t exactly a new style, but here is my favorite twist on it. This works great on long or short hair!

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial)1. Start with clean, dry hair. Apply heat protector as you go to keep hair healthy!

2. Section out your hair. Because mine is short, I typically just clip up the top, but if you have longer hair you might need to do three sections. I like to work my way up from the bottom, but you can section however you feel comfortable.

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial). 3. Take a 1-inch section of hair and bend it away from your face with the iron.How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial).  Now here’s the key to this look. Only go about 3/4 of the way down your hair—don’t curl all the way to the ends!

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial) 4. The next section you take should be the same size, but curl it in the OPPOSITE direction of the previous. This will give your hair tons of movement and body and keep your waves from clumping together!

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial)  5. Repeat this process until all of your hair is curled.

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial)    How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial)   6. Stick your hands in your hair and mess it up! Don’t be afraid! You’re not going to ruin your curls; it shouldn’t look perfect anyways! Break apart the waves and style it with your fingers to a shape you like. You can use some styling cream here for definition if you like.

How to get beachy waves (click through for tutorial).   7. Take your flat iron and just tap the very ends of your hair to make sure they’re straight. The straight ends add a cool, modern edge to this beachy look.

Products to use for beachy waves8. Lock it in with a little hairspray, and you’re good to go! (Above you can see the products I used.) 

How to get beachy waves with a flat iron (click for tutorial)I love this look because it’s quick and easy and works on every length. The bend in the middle of the hair adds movement without looking too “done.” xo. AnnaRose

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Credits // Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes.
  • Where is the hair straighter from?? I love the splatter pattern 🙂

  • Love this tutorial.. beach waves with a flat iron? I gotta practice to get this one right.


  • I have a new obsession right now. Guess who’s going to wear that hairstyle everyday? Well… mee hahaha

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  • flat iron beach waves are my go-to and absolute favourite.

  • uh-mazing post! Beach waves are one of my favorite looks right now and can’t wait to try this today!

  • Great idea! I usually make curls with the flat iron but I normally go all the way down the hair. I’ve never tried to go just 3/4. But it looks really great! I’ll try it in the next couple of days. Thanks for sharing!

  • Try to not squeeze the iron closed right away. Go down your hair shaft for a second with the blades almost touching then close the iron. It works every time but takes some patience.

  • Thanks for showing us that how to do hair ironing. i love your look.

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  • Cute! Thanks for featuring short hair. We short hair girls are often left out!

  • Great look ! I have been experimenting with curling my hair lately, so will have to give this one a try.

  • I may have to try this today! I use my flat iron to curl my hair often but wanted to try doing it in a way where it looks a bit more casual. Thanks! 🙂

  • I’m so excited to see this new series! I love this post, because you don’t have to do much to get such a gorgeous style. It truly is effortless, and as someone growing out a longer pixie and in a short bob stage, I know I could still manage this!

  • I love this look! I used to do flat iron curls quite a bit when my hair was shorter.. it’s such a quick, low maintenance, great style to rock.

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  • Ive always loved the beachy waves look. But I’ve never been able to make my hair do it. Maybe this way will finally work!

  • I use my flat iron to curl my hair although it isn’t a GHD so it isn’t quite as whizzy and simple as it could be! I like using the flat iron because it allows me to straighten my fringe at the same time, and I don’t need to have two different tools on the go every time!

  • I love this look! I cannot wait to see more posts with Anna, especially makeup related ones! 😀

  • Hey guys. Just an idea I would love to see ABM hair tutorials as videos. Every move is the key for this thing so we can see all. I read a lot about beachy waves cause it’s a huge science for the girls :))) till I watched a video ( it was the same tutorial as yours. ) and I really learnt how to make it. I love ABM hair tutorials and I would love to see them on the screen 😉

  • Great idea! will definitely try it, although my hair texture is different from yours. Hope it holds

  • I like the add on of straightening the ends of your hair to make it more modern. I’ll have to give this one a try! Looking forward to seeing what else you have to share. 🙂

  • I’m happy to hear that you’ll be featuring more of AnnaRose’s tips in the upcoming months. I’ve been trying to adopt a more “effortless” style, and this tutorial is so helpful!

    -Helen Grace

  • Can’t wait to try this, thanks for the tips!

  • Love this look but I guess I am a spaz and dont get it, do you keep moving the flat iron down as you go or just bend it away from your face and pull it down like you would if you are straightening your hair?

  • Thanks for the tutorial.

  • I’m litterally about to leave for the beach! Can’t wait to try out this hairstyle when I come back! 🙂

  • This is a look that I have tried before and have yet to succeed! It looks so great – especially on your short hair…now I’m motivated to give it a try again. Thanks for the tips! XO, D

  • And I just totally cute my hair completely off! So super cute!

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  • Yes- thanks for featuring shorter hair! This is great. I’d love to see more.

  • Actually tried this technique yesterday. I need tons of practice and a picture guide always helps!

  • Thanks for showing a girl with shorter hair! Mine is about this length, so I’m definitely going to give it a try. Any tips for avoiding the straightener line? (I have really thin hair, so I can easily get a crease with flat irons).

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