Perfectly imperfect tousled beach waves can make you look (and feel) like you spent the morning with your toes in the sand — even if you're stuck at the office. The best curling irons for beach waves usually consist of a wave plate, multiple barrels, or a rotating wand that leaves you with loose waves that look perfectly casual instead of seriously polished. While it's true: You'll benefit most from first applying a styling product like mousse or sea salt spray, there's no denying that a quality curling iron is the holy grail where beachy waves are concerned.
To get the perfect beach waves, start with damp hair that has been towel-dried, apply the styling product of your choice, and decide if you want to dry your hair with a hair dryer or diffuser or let it dry naturally. Once your hair is dry (and only when it's dry — never use a curling iron on wet hair or you risk breakage and damage) curl one one to two-inch sections of hair. For the most natural results, be sure to vary the direction of the curls. When you're finished, set your hair with a light hairspray — and you're done.
2A Texture-Building Curling Iron That Creates Loose Or Tight Waves
If you prefer tousled, slightly messy waves to perfect ringlets, but still want to keep your options open, this curling wand won't disappoint. It uses tourmaline, ceramic technology and heats up to 400 degrees. For loose curls, wrap sections of hair around the balls of the barrel — slightly tighter and more structured curls can be achieved by placing hair in between the barrels. This iron also comes with a mitt to keep your hand safe.
3A Three-Barrel Ceramic Hair Waver With 30 Heat Settings
4A Ceramic Rotating Iron That Does All The Work For You
If you consider yourself seriously challenged when it comes to your hair styling skills, don't worry: There's a versatile curling iron out there that does the work for you. The Beachwaver is a ceramic rotating iron that requires you to do little more than press a button. Reviewers say it creates beach waves in less than 10 minutes and that it provides a loose curl that holds its form for hours, even without hairspray.
5A Travel-Friendly Waver & Curling Iron In One
This waver/curling iron hybrid can create mermaid beach waves or glam curls — and it features dual voltage technology so you can travel overseas with it and recreate your fab styles everywhere you roam. It has an ionic ceramic tourmaline-infused barrel for glossier strands and a temperature range of 140 to 450 degrees.
6A One-Inch Curling Wand That Gives Straight Hair Beachy Waves
Loose curls and waves and extreme amounts of body and texture are all yours when you try this one-inch curling wand, which heats up to 400 degrees and comes with a heat protective glove. Reviewers who say their straight hair never holds a curl rave about how this wand delivers beachy waves the last and has a cord that never tangles. It's important to note that you can't adjust the temperature settings on this tool — make sure your hair type is compatible with the extreme heat this wand provides.
7An Iron With A Temperature LCD Display That's Perfect For Short Hair
This tourmaline ceramic three barrel hair iron creates S-shaped beachy waves that are smooth, shiny, and free of static. This tool boasts a temperature LCD display and heats up to 428 degrees. Reviewers say this iron is on the smaller side, which makes it perfect for shorter, thinner hair.
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