No salt water was used in the making of these waves. 

By Erin Lukas
Updated Mar 06, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
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Sometimes, some of the best hairstyles are the ones that look like you didn't touch your hair at all. However, the catch is that most of them actually do require some work — even if it's just hot tool and maybe a product or two.

Take beachy waves for example. The loose, undone, waves look like you woke up with your hair already perfectly tousled, but unless you're on vacation and swimming in salt water, to bring this look to life, you're going to have to set aside some styling time.

Hot tools are usually required for this look, but the key is to remember that beachy waves are supposed to look natural. "Overdoing it can lead this look to be too symmetrical, too tight, too 'perfect'," says Bryce Scarlett, celebrity hairstylist and Moroccanoil ambassador. "The more uneven and the more haphazard you are about it, the more it is going to come off naturally."

Since beachy waves are the perfect mix between doing absolutely nothing and doing the most with your hair, you can always count on seeing the style everywhere during spring. Not to mention these waves look amazing on every hair length, and whether your hair is down or pulled up into a high ponytail.

Need examples? Here, we've rounded up 10 ways to wear beachy waves this spring, straight from the red carpet.

Florence Pugh's Single Braid

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The Little Women star gave her waves a boho vibe with a half-up half-down style that included a single braid.

Laura Harrier's Classic Beachy Waves

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Look up "beachy waves" in the dictionary and you would find this photo of Laura Harrier. Her flipped side part adds even more volume to her loose waves.

Lucy Boynton's Black Velvet Bow

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Beachy waves are a spring staple, but an on-trend hair accessory like Lucy Boynton's bow makes the style feel very 2020.

Dakota Johnson's Tousled High Ponytail

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Bangs and beachy waves are a winning combo, but add a high ponytail and you have yourself your go-to spring hairstyle.

Chrissy Teigen's Mermaid Waves

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Chrissy Teigen's long, cascading waves make her look like she just stepped out of the ocean. Spritzing your hair with a touch of hairspray will help your waves hold. Scarlett recommends Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray because the argan oil-rich formula leaves hair soft and shiny, not hard and crunchy.

Kerry Washington's Wavy Long Bob

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The bob continues to be a popular hairstyle because it's such universal cut. Just look Kerry Washington's waves and gold hair pin — a $12 bobby pin by Kitsch.

Kristen Stewart's Tousled Pixie

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A piecey, wavy, texture makes a long pixie like Kristen Stewart's cut look even cooler. Spritzing your style with a texturizing product like Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray will add volume and give your waves the same undone finish.

Alexa Chung's Slicked-Back Waves

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This edgy beachy waves look is unbelievably easy to DIY. Grab some pomade like Ouai's matte version and slick the top half of your hair all the way back. Yeah, it's really that simple.

Margot Robbie's Bedhead Waves

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Scarlett, who styled Margot Robbie's undone waves for the 2020 Golden Globes, says using a flat iron is the easiest way to get this look. He's a fan of Moroccanoil's Perfect Polished Titanium Flat Iron. "This flat iron has a great titanium plate that's protective and smooth, so you can glide through hair really gently without snagging any hair or creating any harsh line," he says. It's also important to consider your hair type. Depending on your natural texture, you may have to blow out your hair first before building the waves with a flat iron.

Lana Condor's Wavy Bob With Bangs

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If looking at this photo of Lana Condor's wavy bob and soft, textured bangs make you want to go out and get the exact same cut, we're right there with you. The actress' style is just another example of how versatile beachy waves and a bob can be.