How To Get Sexy Surfer Hair: The Ultimate Guide for Lived in Waves in 2024

Lived In Waves – Beachy Waves – Surfer Hair: The coveted look

A clean guide on how to get the coveted surfer hair that you dream of.

If your hair has some natural wave in it, the kind of hair that is half wavy half straight, you know, the kind of hair that you wear on the smoother side but at times when you air dry it, it dries curly/wavy and people ask if you got a perm?

Then this beachy look is for you.

Not only does the beachy wave look give the illusion of more volume, but it also creates a low maintenance vibe, the surfer hair look that we all long for these days. The kind of look that if you are out enjoying a bike ride or a ride up the coast in your convertible as care free as can be, your hair will still look good after you arrive at your destination.

We are going to share the ins and out of what hair products you need to accomplish this look and how to style your hair. There are two versions of the protocol. You can print off the hair direction recipe card to save for later.

Air Dried Surfer Hair

surfer hair lived in waves

This is a super sexy look for those of you who do not want to mess with a blow-dryer. This is the ultimate surfer chick or surfer dude salty beach hair jam. The coveted Hawaii or Costa Rica tropical vibe hair. The going everywhere in your flip-flops but I look fine as hell look. Yeah I think we all could use a little more of that in our lives.

If we can’t be on vacay, or live where vacation is year round, we can live the life in the things that we do, including how we style our hair. This look is a very straight off the beach look while the lived in waves are still messy yet clean, and can be a bit more polished.

Lived In Waves

lived in waves

This wavy look is for those of us who love a good blow dry session, and can’t live without our hot tools. This is the look you see many celebs wearing on the red carpet, and also when they are caught on film getting their morning Starbucks coffee.

The look is more of a lived-in look, one that can take you from your normal every day tasks, into a dressy dinner out on the town and everything in between. It gives the illusion of thicker hair with a lot of movement. It is also very forgiving if you do not get it perfect, which is even better since the last thing any of us want to spend extra time on is our hair styling sessions.

We will be using our top picks of products to get these looks. You can copy our professional code —> HHT1034 to save $5 if you choose to purchase any of the Holistic Hair Products we talk about below. We will also share our salon affiliate links for our favorite tools and at no extra cost to you, your purchase will help support our mission to help the world learn about better products and methods to look their best.

Here is how to get both looks holistically:

Surfer Hair Lived In Beachy Waves

Difficulty: Easy
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What you will need:

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  • Wash hair: For those of you with fine hair, you will love the Volumizing Hair Bath. For those of you with average medium density, you will want to use the Frequent Use Hair Bath. For those of you with full hair, you will want to use the Curly Hair Bath Shampoo.
  • Condition hair: This style does not require a ton of added moisture, as it requires more of a salty finish. For this finish, fine-medium hair types can use the Frequent Use Hair Conditioner while full hair types can use the Smoothing Hair Conditioner.
    While conditioning and still in the shower, use a hair pick to part your hair where you will want it parted in the final styling process, this is done while the conditioner is in your hair. Then do a final rinse.
  • Air-Dry Directions: DO NOT brush your hair after your shower. Wrap your hair up in your favorite microfiber turban just to get the excess moisture out. DO NOT use friction or rub your hair dry, let the turban do the work.

    Blow Dry Directions: After your shower, towel dry your hair, it is ok to use friction since you will be blow-drying before putting in your waves.
  • Air Dry Directions: Next lightly FINGER through your hair (no brushing and no picks at this point) to put it into place.

    Blow Dry Directions: Prep hair with a small amount of Nurturing Drops (these are highly concentrated so use sparingly and protect from UV damage, they also help to mend split ends) to protect from the heat of the blow dryer and the hot tools. Only a few drops are needed for a nice coating, keep this more on your mid-shaft to ends and leave off of the roots.

    If you need root volume: Spray the ROOTS ONLY of your hair with Volumizing Root Spray.
    Take a little Flux Potion and lightly spread it throughout the mid-shaft to ends (this is very spreadable and a little goes a long way).
    Give your hair a rough blow dry and as it gets closer to being dry, grab your wet brush or your round brush and finish your blow dry.
  • Air Dry Directions: After it is dry, take a very small amount of the Nurturing Drops (these provide heat and UV protection) and some of the Next Day Cream, rub it through the palms of your hands, and as you tilt your head to the right, lightly apply it to the already dry tresses, then repeat to the left side. Use your fingers to perfect the waves, and spread them out just a bit.

    Blow Dry Directions: Divide hair into three sections. The bang area, the area behind the bangs until your occipital bone just over the round part of your head, and leave the underneath part free to start your curls.
    Take little sections and wrap them around your curling wand leaving the ends out. If you don’t have a wand, your can use a curling iron, wrap the hair up, uncoil it after a few seconds, and then while the ends are still inside the barrel, pull straight down to give a straighter end to the style. If you are using a beach hair waver, you can use it without leaving the ends out. Repeat throughout each section. You can alternate the direction of the waves, although this is not necessary to pull off the look.

    When getting to the top bang area, curl away from the face, to give softness and movement.
    Let the hot curls cool off and set. Once they are set, take a tiny bit of Next Day Cream, emulsify it through your palms, lightly finger through them to create separation. This is where the magic happens. Too much finger action could mess up your work, so a little goes a long way.
  • To finish: Grab your holistic Sea Salt Spray to give volume and texture to your hair like you have been at the beach all day. This spray smells divine. Lift sections of your hair, and holding the spray 6 inches away from your head, spritz a little into each section, and then let your hair settle.
    Enjoy your Surfer Waves, and all of the compliments coming your way!


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oway sea salt spray

Sea Salt Spray

A medium hold texturizing spray to give the feel of having been at the beach all day to the hair. Hydrating to the hair while creating texture in your tousled beachy waves. Protects against UV damage.
oway curly hair bath

Curly Hair Bath

A shampoo to help tame frizz for curly, wavy, or permed hair. Cleanses hair while leaving it soft and bouncy.
oway next day cream blue tit

Next Day Cream – Blue Tit

A lightweight cream that can be used on wet or dry hair to add a beachy wavy tousled texture for a lived-in style. Also helps enhance definition on curly hair. This cream creates a nest day hair look. Beachy hair protocol: Add a little to wet hair, tousled dry or air dry. Add a little more to define wavy texture. Finish with Sea Salt Spray. Curly hair protocol: Apply to wet hair. Layer on top with with Flux Potion or Curly Potion.
oway flux potion

Flux Potion

A medium hold super spreadable and pliable gel that gives incredible shine and volume. When applied at the root for fine hair can create the look of denser thicker hair. Is great used as a base product to building volume with a blow-dry. Use to define all curl types to create beautiful coils without the crunch. Can be mixed with Oway Glossy Nectar to give a gorgeous lightweight defined head of touchable curls that look amazing. Fullness. Moisture. Shine.
oway volumizing root spray

Volumizing Root Spray

GLUTEN-FREE - For those with fine and fragile hair that need lift at the root. Phenomenal for adding volume.
oway nurturing drops

Nurturing Drops

GLUTEN-FREE - Split End Mender and Heat Protectant. Concentrated serum that helps repair the hair and prevent damage.

Smoothing Hair Conditioner

GLUTEN FREE - An organic smoothing conditioner that tames and softens frizzy hair for that instantly silky strands.

Frequent Use Hair Conditioner

GLUTEN FREE - A gentle conditioner designed for every day use that moisturizes and strengthens hair. Great for fine hair and can be paired with the Frequent Use Hair Bath Shampoo or the Volumizing Hair Bath Shampoo.

Volumizing Hair Bath Shampoo

GLUTEN FREE - An organic volumizing shampoo that naturally thickens and densifies even the most limp, lackluster hair.

Frequent Use Hair Bath Shampoo

GLUTEN FREE - A daily use shampoo that gently cleanses and detoxifies the scalp and hair without weighing it down.

For more inspo images of cool surfer hair, click HERE to see surfer girls and click HERE to see surfer dudes. We want you to love your hair, and more importantly, have an enjoyable experience while styling your hair. We want you to love the smell of your products and the feel of them in your hair. That is why we love Oway Hair Products.

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