Welcome to the wild side of waves: a beachy style that gives long hair a summery rock-chic look. Let's take a closer look at this must-have, timeless hairstyle.
Beach waves: long hair's not-so secret weapon
If classic waves on long hair are perfect for a glamorous evening, their beach-wave cousin doesn't move in the same circles. Just dishevelled enough for a wild effect they remain resolutely feminine: just-back-from-the-beach waves are an undeniable staple in our hairstyle arsenal. Summer and winter, they give hair an elegantly rebellious shape, which we can use and abuse as much as we like...
Waves on which anyone can surf
The advantage of beach waves, according to Delphine Courteille, hair stylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, is that they suit everybody: 'Whether you have an oval, long, square or triangle-shaped face, beach waves will work for you.' Even though this style particularly suits blondes, there's nothing to stop brunettes and redheads taking the plunge. The only barrier to this rock 'n' roll mermaid look? You need to start with really long locks.
Not only length, but texture too
Obtaining the happy medium between waves and dishevelled hair is painstaking. Your stylist will twist sections of hair using a special curling iron, and use salt spray to give them texture. If you want to copy the look at home, our specialist recommends using texturising products or Beach Waves by L'Oréal Professionnel. Each morning, all you'll need to do is tousle them up for the perfect wild look – like you've just come from your morning surf!