You don’t have to spend a fortune to get perfect beachy waves. In fact, all you really need is the right haircut and some strategically placed highlights. Enter: balayage.
This highlighting technique is perfect for creating natural-looking sun-kissed locks. Best of all, it’s a low-maintenance style that looks great whether you’re rocking a messy bun or a sleek blowout.
Wondering how to get the look? We asked Los Angeles-based hairstylist Clariss Anya for her best tips on creating beachy waves with balayage. Here’s what she had to say:
Start with the Right Cut
The key to getting perfect beachy waves is to start with the right cut. “I always tell my clients that the best way to get beachy waves is to get a long layers haircut,” says Anya. “Long layers will give you the ability to create texture and volume without making your hair look too ‘done.’” If you’re not sure where to start, simply show your stylist a few pictures of your favorite celebrities with beachy waves (think: Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and Gisele Bundchen). They should be able to work with you to create a custom cut that works for your hair type and face shape.
Ask for Balayage Highlights
Once you have the right cut, it’s time to add some highlights. While traditional highlights can look manufactured, balayage is all about creating a soft, natural-looking sun-kissed effect. “I like to use balayage highlights because they look more dimensional and natural than traditional highlights,” says Anya. “My go-to colors are blonde and light brown because they blend well with most hair colors and skin tones.”
Use the Right Products
To get that effortless I-just-rolled-out-of-bed look, you need to use the right styling products. Anya recommends using a sea salt spray on damp hair before blow drying (we love Bumble and bumble Bb. Surf bomb Sea Salt Spray). Once your hair is dry, finish off your look with a texturizing spray (Anya loves Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray). “These products will help enhance your natural wave pattern and give you a piece of texture without making your hair look greasy or oily.”
So there you have it—everything you need to know about getting beachy waves on a budget with balayage! Now go out there and enjoy those gorgeous locks!
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