How to Do Easy Overnight Beach Waves That Last 3 Days

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
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I love to style my hair with beachy waves, and when I have my hair like this, I often get complimented, and people ask me how I achieve the look. So in this tutorial, I will show you how you can get these overnight beach waves for yourself.

I'm mostly using products from IGK Hair to achieve this look and I'll link all the individual products at the end of this post, but of course, you can use whichever products you have at home or that work best for your hair.

The braiding technique will still work even without products, but they help achieve the best results.

Tools and materials:

  • Shampoo
  • Leave-in treatment
  • Conditioner
  • Brush
  • Hairdryer
  • Round brush
  • Hair tie
  • Volumizing spray
  • Toning drops
  • Dry shampoo
  • Bungee hair tie
Washing hair with shampoo

1. Wash hair with shampoo

I washed my hair with a shampoo that is designed to eradicate that brassy tone to any blonde in your hair.

Applying a leave-in treatment

2. Apply leave-in treatment

Next, I will apply a leave-in treatment. I've got very long hair so looking after it, for me, is super important. And because I have bleach in my hair, I want to look after it the best I can. Leave-in treatment is great for damaged and distressed hair.

It also has heat protection in it, and I usually blow dry my hair rather than waiting for it to air dry, so this is a great product to put in before I use my hairdryer.

Apply conditioner to hair

3. Apply conditioner

Next up, I'm using a coconut milk leave-in conditioner that locks in moisture. After using this, I love how my hair smells and feels. You can be quite liberal when it comes to conditioner; it really helps to keep that frizz under control.

Brushing hair with a tangle teaser brush

4. Brush

I'm going in with my tangle teaser brush. After using my leave-in conditioner, my hair is an absolute dream to comb through.

Blow-drying hair to 90% dry

5. Blowdry

You want to make sure that your hair is about 90% dry before you start braiding. If it's too damp, it's going to be damp in the morning.

My hair is naturally quite wavy, but my hairline tends to dry slightly frizzy, so my tip is to use a hairdryer and smooth the cuticles out with a round metal brush. This way, I know that the front of my hair when I take my plait out in the morning will be super smooth, and I'm not going to have any flyaways.

So, I'm going to smooth my fringe out, and once that's cooled in the brush, I'll take it out.  

Braiding your hair at the front

6. Braid your hair

If you're going to leave your fringe out, you can just pin it to the side or tuck it behind your ear, and then you want to flip your hair over and pull it into a ponytail that will sit on the very top of your head.

You're then going to separate your hair into three individual sections and create a regular three-strand braid. You don't want to pull it super tight at the root because then your hair will be flat on top when you take your braid out. We do want a little bit of a baggy root because this will create volume.

You just want to continue braiding to the end, and you're going to leave about an inch and a half out at the bottom. Proceed to tie the braid up with an elastic.

Taking out the overnight beach waves

7. Take the braid out the next morning

Then you’re going to leave the braid in overnight. The next morning you will have slept with your hair tied in the braid. It may look a tiny bit disheveled, but it will still be relatively neat.

Remove the elastic band and gently unravel the braid. Do this carefully because you don't want to make your hair frizzy. You just want to part it genty, and once it's completely unraveled, comb your fingers through the roots and give it a gentle shake.

How to get beach waves overnight

8. Add some volume

If your hair is naturally quite thin, or you want to add a little bit more texture to your hair to make sure that these beautiful beachy waves don't fall flat, apply some volumizing texture spray.

It just kind of keeps your beachy waves separated, which makes them look really beautiful and almost windswept but without that frizziness.

Easy beach waves overnight

9. Maintain your hairstyle

By day two, your hair can start to look slightly frizzy, so I would reach for some leave-in conditioner and combine it with some leave-in toning drops for those with blonde hair.

Work that through the lengths of your hair. This will allow your hair to bounce back into that really beautiful beachy wave.

Beach waves in a ponytail

10. Ponytail

If by day three your hair is starting to feel greasy, you can tie it up in a high ponytail with a bungee hair tie, then wrap a piece of hair around the tie to disguise it. Apply dry shampoo as necessary.

Overnight beach waves

Overnight beach waves tutorial

That completes my overnight beach waves tutorial, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I know that when my hair looks fabulous, it makes me feel great, and for me, this haircare routine is second to none. It’s so easy and has such a gorgeous result.

Products used:

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  • Leave-in treatment
  • Conditioner
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  • Jeanne Jeanne on May 16, 2022

    I've let my hair grow for the past few years so it's longer than I've ever had it. I'm always looking for ideas on how to style it. Thanks for such a great, detailed tutorial! You have beautiful hair! It is obvious that you have taken very good care of it 🙂

  • Lora Taylor Hyatt Lora Taylor Hyatt on Jun 15, 2022

    Hi , I’m 67 and live in Arkansas and right now the humidity is insane so my long hair has to be UP!

    I braid my hair nightly just to keep it from being a mangled mop so there is always waves but one of my favorites things to do after washing is to let it air dry ( I never put heat to my hair) then just gobble it up in a wadded bun and put an old stocking like a knee high nylon over it and secure it down! You get some really good unique looking waves that last ! I get so many compliments on my hair , mostly standing in checkout lines lol. All natural colors, silver, blonde, gray and the hair underneath on my neck is a deep rich auburn!