If you're a fan of Beach Waves, you'll love this new trend hairstyle: Scandi Waves are the perfect beach look this summer.
Ideal for a summer day at the beach: Scandi Waves are the new Beach Waves
How do you reinvent beach waves? An undisputed classic, a hairstyle that suits everyone. But now the so-called Scandi Waves are doing the rounds - and bringing a breath of fresh air to the classic look. "Scandi Waves are not styled or constructed too perfectly," says Syd Hayes, hairstylist and brand ambassador for BaByliss, explaining this trend. "It's about styling soft, flat waves around the face and in any section of hair."
A modern (and much cooler) take on the waves we loved so much in the '90s, scandi waves are a much looser twist on classic beach waves and look more casual, lustrous, and bohemian.
In fact, they're not all that different from the Botticelli waves seen on the red carpet at the 2022 Met Gala. From Kaia Gerber and Sophie Turner to Hoyeon Jung and Olivia Rodrigo, everyone wore their own take on the long, soft Venus-like tresses. "Hair trends, in general, have moved away from the accurate look and now it's all about a loose, undone texture," says Hayes. "The easiest and fastest way to style Scandi Waves is with the BaByliss 'Cordless Waver' - it conjures up the perfect summer waves."
The Waver is so easy to use that no specialist knowledge is required to create the perfect wave. All you have to do is part the hair into sections (about an inch wide and an inch thick) and apply the device to each section of hair, hold for a few seconds and move downwards to get defined to get waves. You can also try plaiting your still-damp hair into a braid, sleeping in it overnight, and touching it up with texturizing spray the next morning — but admittedly that's a slightly more involved process.
Hayes has some top tips for getting the wave done for you: "It depends on where you start the wave and where you put the kinks, but it works for any length of hair," he says. "With longer hair, you can start closer to the part and then work your way down, creating bigger waves. With shorter hair, I'd recommend starting at eye level or slightly lower to add texture to the lower lengths and layers of hair to create rather than create too much bulk at the top."
Another good tip is to avoid setting the appliance at the same height on each section of hair: "Make sure the waves start and end at different points so you don't end up with one big wave in your hair," he says. As with most undone waves, the more uneven the better. And finally? Spritz a texturizing spray through the mid-lengths and ends to add body, definition, and movement to the hair. And voilà, a hairstyle appropriate for the beach — or wherever you are this summer.