Beachy Waves Tutorial for Short(er) Hair with John Frieda

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With any new haircut comes the fun (and sometimes, struggle) of finding and learning different ways to style it. As I’m still working through how to style my new lob with my natural, stick-straight locks, I’m finding that loose, textured beach waves are becoming my go-to look for everyday.

beach waves tutorial for shorter hair

Since my hair is naturally straight, using the right combination of products before and after I plan to curl my hair is key. The new John Frieda Beach Blonde collection has been a game-changer for achieving those Pinterest-worthy effortless waves. Not only do all the products smell like you’re on a beach vacation, they will work for any hair color (not just blondes!) and texture, and let’s face it – if the collection is good enough for Lauren Conrad’s enviable hair, then it’s good enough for us.

Everything in the Beach Blonde collection is affordable and easily accessible at your local Target.

Before we jump into the tutorial, here’s what you’ll need:
John Frieda Beach Blonde products – shampoo, conditioner and sea salt spray
1 1/4″ curling iron
Large hair clip
Dry shampoo (optional)
Hairspray (optional)

1. If you’re like me and have a hard time getting your hair to hold a curl, this style will typically work best on second-day hair. So, the night before, I washed and conditioned my hair with the John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner. Ingredients in both these products help give your hair, regardless of the color, texture to prep them for piecey, but touchable waves.

I let my hair air dry to reduce the amount of heat styling, and then I use some dry shampoo at my roots to soak up any excess oil and to give my hair a little bit more grip.

2. Start by sectioning off the top and bottom layers of your hair. Depending on how long, thick and/or layered your hair is, you may have to do more than two sections – this is just what works for me personally.

3. Take a pretty large section – approximately 1″ to the same size as the curling iron – and curl your hair away from your face (the clamp should be facing the front, and you should twist the iron backward). BE SURE TO LEAVE THE ENDS OUT OF THE CLAMP! Curling the ends of your hair will make the ‘do look too polished – the curl should be focused in the middle of the strand of hair with the ends left your natural texture. Hold for no more than 10-15 seconds, and release. Any section(s) of hair in front of your ear should be curled this way.

4. Once you reach the section(s) of hair behind your ear, you want to start alternating the direction of curls so they don’t all blend together. I always start the first curl of this section going toward my face – clamp should be in the back, and you should twist the iron toward your face. Again, hold for no more than 15 seconds and release.

5. Continue to alternate directions of the curls until the entire bottom layer of your hair is curled.

6. Now, it’s time for the top section, and guess what? Continue the same curl pattern! Curl hair in front of the ears away from the face and anything after that alternate directions. You can hold the hair in the curling iron just a tad longer to ensure extra staying power, but I don’t recommend doing so for any longer than 30 seconds. Don’t forget to keep those ends out!

7. Once you’ve finished curling your entire head, don’t freak out if you look like Shirley Temple – we’re going to remedy that right now! Grab your John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, and apply a generous amount throughout your hair – be sure to lift up sections of hair to get the hidden sections, and you even can flip your head upside down to ensure that all the hair underneath is getting the product.

From there, go ahead and mess up your hair! Yes, you read that correctly – use your fingers and hands to massage the sea salt spray into your scalp, shake the curls out, and fluff everything out.

8. Finish the style with a light-hold, flexible hairspray, and you’re now ready to hit the beach with loose, textured beachy waves!

Having short(er) hair has definitely had it’s challenges the past few weeks, but I’m glad to be able to easily throw my hair into this effortless style no matter the occasion.

What do you think, are all of you a fan of undone textured waves? Be sure to follow @johnfriedaus on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the latest beach blonde trends for the coming summer months!

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  1. Jessica wrote:

    I'm so glad you went short your hair looks amazing! This tutorial is great!

    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  2. Jessica wrote:

    I’m so glad you went short your hair looks amazing! This tutorial is great!

    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  3. Awe, thanks girlie! You totally should give it a try – the best part is since it's supposed to be a bit undone, the curls don't need to be perfect whatsoever!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  4. Thank you!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  5. Thanks, girlfriend! I am obsessed with these products. 🙂

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  6. You'll have to let me know how you like it – it definitely helps give more of a defined, tousled curl instead of everything just blending together like it typically does when you curl it in one direction. That's been an absolute game-changer for me!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  7. I agree, it's so fantastic!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  8. Thanks, lady!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  9. Thank YOU, sweet friend – I appreciate that since you all know that I've been a bit "eh" about it!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  10. That's how I felt, too! It's a nice change for summer.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  11. Thanks, mom! I'm trying to make it work!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  12. Thanks for the boost of confidence. 🙂 I will say that I'm liking it a bit more now that it's kind of grown into itself and it's not still the harsh, blunt look that you sometimes get right after you get a haircut – you know what I mean? The curls definitely are my preferred look these days, too!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  13. Oh my goodness, you're too kind. Thanks, girlfriend – you could totally rock these curls!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  14. Thanks, girls! xo

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  15. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  16. This is beach wave perfection! I'm usually completely inept with trying to curl my hair, but I love, love the effortless look of these curls! Can't wait to try this out!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  17. This is beach wave perfection! I’m usually completely inept with trying to curl my hair, but I love, love the effortless look of these curls! Can’t wait to try this out!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
    • Awe, thanks girlie! You totally should give it a try – the best part is since it’s supposed to be a bit undone, the curls don’t need to be perfect whatsoever!

      Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  18. JadeLouise Designs wrote:

    Oh I love this look on short hair! It is so classy and chic! #client

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  19. JadeLouise Designs wrote:

    Oh I love this look on short hair! It is so classy and chic! #client

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  20. Mia- MakeMeUpMia wrote:

    These products sound great, your hair certainly looks fantastic my friend. PERFECT waves!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  21. Mia- MakeMeUpMia wrote:

    These products sound great, your hair certainly looks fantastic my friend. PERFECT waves!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  22. Love this – I keep meaning to pick up some of the spray, I used to use it years ago and your right it smells so good. I love the tip about alternating the direction of the curls, I don't know why I never thought of that before but it makes perfect sense – next time I'm going to have to give that a try!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  23. Love this – I keep meaning to pick up some of the spray, I used to use it years ago and your right it smells so good. I love the tip about alternating the direction of the curls, I don’t know why I never thought of that before but it makes perfect sense – next time I’m going to have to give that a try!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
    • You’ll have to let me know how you like it – it definitely helps give more of a defined, tousled curl instead of everything just blending together like it typically does when you curl it in one direction. That’s been an absolute game-changer for me!

      Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  24. ElleSees.blogspot.com wrote:

    love this product and glad it's back!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  25. love this product and glad it’s back!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  26. I'm a huge fan on the beachy wave. Such a good tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  27. I’m a huge fan on the beachy wave. Such a good tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  28. Pamela wrote:

    Just throwing it out there but I am OBSESSED with your shorter 'do! SO cute and perfect for summer! And your beachy waves are absolutely perfect!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  29. Pamela wrote:

    Just throwing it out there but I am OBSESSED with your shorter ‘do! SO cute and perfect for summer! And your beachy waves are absolutely perfect!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
    • Thank YOU, sweet friend – I appreciate that since you all know that I’ve been a bit “eh” about it!

      Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  30. Aubrey wrote:

    So many cute short haircuts are making me want to cut my hair.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  31. Aubrey wrote:

    So many cute short haircuts are making me want to cut my hair.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  32. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    You have definitely mastered the "beachy" look, love it! Hope you're liking your hair a bit more!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  33. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    You have definitely mastered the “beachy” look, love it! Hope you’re liking your hair a bit more!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  34. Christina Sotherden wrote:

    I know it's not your fav but I am so loving the short hair look on you, even more with the curls! My curls never stay in so I've got to try these out!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  35. Christina Sotherden wrote:

    I know it’s not your fav but I am so loving the short hair look on you, even more with the curls! My curls never stay in so I’ve got to try these out!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • Thanks for the boost of confidence. 🙂 I will say that I’m liking it a bit more now that it’s kind of grown into itself and it’s not still the harsh, blunt look that you sometimes get right after you get a haircut – you know what I mean? The curls definitely are my preferred look these days, too!

      Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  36. Jessi Otey wrote:

    Cannot wait to try this look! You are so dang pretty girlfriend! Love it! xo

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  37. Jessi Otey wrote:

    Cannot wait to try this look! You are so dang pretty girlfriend! Love it! xo

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  38. What a great tutorial! I love those curls – they look so effortless!
    xo
    http://www.fashioncolumntwins.com

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  39. What a great tutorial! I love those curls – they look so effortless!
    xo
    http://www.fashioncolumntwins.com

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  40. Becky M wrote:

    Your hair looks so cute!! And I usually like John Freida products so I’ll have to give this one a go!

    http://www.madeintheshadeblog.com

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  41. Thanks, girlie! Since I mess everything up when I'm done curling, I noticed that if I curled everything in the same direction it all sort of clumped and blended together. This definitely gives more of that piecey definition. You should try it!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  42. Thanks, lady! Yes, go Hawks. 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  43. Thanks, lady! I remember you raving about Dream Curls, so I need to remember to pick it up next time I'm at the store.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  44. Thanks, Erin! You're so sweet!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  45. Yes, you absolutely should! I've been so impressed with it – plus, everything smells like you're laying on a beach, so that's a definite positive.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  46. Oh my goodness, you're too sweet! If you only knew what I go through to make my hair do anything, ha!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  47. Right?! They all have the most amazing smell – I plan on packing them all on all and any upcoming vacations.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  48. Thanks, Jenn! 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  49. Thanks so much!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  50. Thanks, girlfriend! I think JF products are some of the best at the drugstore.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  51. Nadia wrote:

    This hair is beachy perfection, the style looks so great on you! I always automatically curl all my hair away from my face, I should try alternating for a different texture!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  52. Nadia wrote:

    This hair is beachy perfection, the style looks so great on you! I always automatically curl all my hair away from my face, I should try alternating for a different texture!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • Thanks, girlie! Since I mess everything up when I’m done curling, I noticed that if I curled everything in the same direction it all sort of clumped and blended together. This definitely gives more of that piecey definition. You should try it!

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  53. Great tutorial! My hair is so thick though I'm not sure if I can do this whole beach wave thing hehe. Anyway, you look beautiful and thanks for sharing lady! I hope that you had a nice weekend and go Hawks!!! 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  54. Great tutorial! My hair is so thick though I’m not sure if I can do this whole beach wave thing hehe. Anyway, you look beautiful and thanks for sharing lady! I hope that you had a nice weekend and go Hawks!!! 🙂

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  55. This is an awesome tutorial girl! I seriously love John Frieda products! The dream curls is still one of my favorite curling/scrunching product.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  56. This is an awesome tutorial girl! I seriously love John Frieda products! The dream curls is still one of my favorite curling/scrunching product.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • Thanks, lady! I remember you raving about Dream Curls, so I need to remember to pick it up next time I’m at the store.

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  57. You seriously look gorgeous!! That hair length is perfect for you!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  58. You seriously look gorgeous!! That hair length is perfect for you!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  59. Your hair looks so good!! Love John Freida products, definitely going to check into this line for easy hair this summer!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  60. Your hair looks so good!! Love John Freida products, definitely going to check into this line for easy hair this summer!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • Yes, you absolutely should! I’ve been so impressed with it – plus, everything smells like you’re laying on a beach, so that’s a definite positive.

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  61. This looks so good- I seriously don't get how your hair always looks like you've had it professionally styled! I love the new cut! ps. I love your necklace too!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  62. This looks so good- I seriously don’t get how your hair always looks like you’ve had it professionally styled! I love the new cut! ps. I love your necklace too!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  63. Biana Perez wrote:

    I love the smell of this shampoo/ line as a whole!! Love the beachy waves look you pulled together! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  64. Biana Perez wrote:

    I love the smell of this shampoo/ line as a whole!! Love the beachy waves look you pulled together! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
    • Right?! They all have the most amazing smell – I plan on packing them all on all and any upcoming vacations.

      Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  65. Jenn wrote:

    Your hair looks so cute!! Love it!!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  66. Jenn wrote:

    Your hair looks so cute!! Love it!!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  67. Your hair looks so cute! You're totally beach-ready with those waves!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  68. Your hair looks so cute! You’re totally beach-ready with those waves!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  69. Pinky wrote:

    I'm a big fan of John Frieda, such amazing products. Your hair looks fabulous, lady!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  70. Pinky wrote:

    I’m a big fan of John Frieda, such amazing products. Your hair looks fabulous, lady!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply