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Ariel is that you? The little mermaid just got a new look in 2021- we’re talking longer locks and beachy waves! If you’re on Instagram or TikTok you might have noticed the Kardashians’ new hairstyle that includes longer hair and barely-there waves that are definitely making you question — can I keep up? Luckily, Luxy has the hair care tools you need to recreate mermaid waves hairstyle for summer!

Whether your summer plans include a beach or not, this mermaid waves hairstyle is this summer’s must-try hair trend and we have the 6 easy steps on how to achieve it!

It’s no secret that the Kardashians are major trendsetters on social media and their beauty looks are quickly imitated by all your favourite influencers. We’ve seen this trendy summer look on some of our favourite faces like; Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Desi Perkins, J-Lo and so many more! This look has taken over our Instagram feeds and we needed to know more!

This mermaid waves hairstyle is all about sleek, smooth waves that give an effortlessly beachy vibe without the frizz. To create this look you’ll need your fav Luxy clip-in extensions and triple-barrel curling iron!

Step 1:

Start with freshly washed hair. You’re going to want to prep your hair to lock in moisture. This summery look is all about texture and making waves, and the key to that is the product you use! It’s important for this look to have no frizz and look super shiny so use products that help with shine and moisture!

We suggest using Kardashian hairstylist Chris Appleton’s favourite products pick, Colour WOW “Cocktail Spray” that locks in moisture, and shine while protecting the hair. After you’ve added moisture into your hair, you’ll want to follow up with a frizz eliminating product, Celebrity Stylist Chris Appleton uses “Dream Coat” by Colour WOW that provides humidity/frizz-free hair and locks in all the shine! Run these products through damp hair before blow-drying.

Step 2:

Eliminating frizz is key to keeping your waves looking on point. In order to keep your hair more modern, ditch the round brush for this look. You’ll want to use a paddle brush to blow dry your hair straight. Split your hair into three sections starting from the neck up and blow-dry each section of your hair. Ensure your roots are straight and frizz-free. Your roots should be straighter to keep this look more modern, and effortless. Added volume at the roots can make your waves look poofy and too voluminous for the style we’re trying to achieve. Follow by prepping your extensions the same way before adding them to your hair.

Step 3:

Once your hair has been blow-dried, it’s time to add some length! This particular look is all about longer locks! We recommend using our 24” Classic Clip-in extensions for this look or your favourite lengthening Luxy extensions. You want your extensions to look as natural as possible so blending them is important for this! How to blend your clip-ins here.

Another pro-tip is braiding any baby hairs or shorter pieces of hair you may have around your neck. Kim Kardashian swears by this tip to keep her added hair extensions looking natural and blended. Section your hair below your ears horizontally across your head and create a small braid to the back of your head. Bobby pin your braids into place and add your first clip-in extension over the top. This will hide any shorter pieces that don’t blend with your extensions.

Step 4:

Once your clip-in extensions have been added to your hair, it’s time to style your barely-there mermaid waves in. For this look, you’ll need to use a triple-barrel curling iron. You can use any size you like but we recommend using a larger barrel so that your waves stay loose. Using your triple-barrel wand start about two inches below your root and clamp down on a small section.

Instead of holding your tool in one place, clamp down lightly and rock the triple barrel curler back and forth a few times before moving down your hair. You’ll want to clamp down a little deeper as you move away from your roots and continue rocking the iron back and forth as you move down your hair. This prevents any sharp waves or lines in your hair and keeps the texture more effortless. To achieve a more beachy wave, choose different size sections of your hair, and alternate between these. Remember, it’s important to leave your roots straight to ensure a more modern and relaxed look for your waves.

Step 5:

Continue throughout your entire head, you’ll want to frame your face by leaving the front pieces out. To keep this style cool and relaxed you’re going to want to use a different technique for these pieces. Using a flat iron to wave your front pieces, start by grabbing a piece of your hair and lightly clamping down with your straightener while holding your piece below the iron. Push the flat iron around your hair while moving your hair into the shape of an “S”. As you move down your hair, re-create the “S” shape over and over. Make sure to keep your clamp light and constantly move the iron not staying in one place too long. This creates a less poofy wave around your face and keeps the look relaxed.

Step 6:

Once your hair has been styled, go through any pieces or roots that look too poofy and use the flat iron technique to ensure a more relaxed look. The key to this style is keeping your hair controlled and not too volumized, so you may need to touch up with the flat iron technique. To keep your hair shiny and controlled, finish with hair oil. Run your fingers through with a hair oil that will lock in moisture, and shine. Hair spray is always great to finish up with. We love a humidity-proof hairspray!

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How-to: 4 Steps to Perfect Beach Waves

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Get flawless beach waves in four easy steps. Learn from step-by-step instructions and the how-to video by session stylist and Viviscal ambassador Neil Moodie.

Over the next four weeks, we’ll share four of Neil Moodie’s top looks and show you how to achieve these styles quickly and easily. Check in every Tuesday to see how to use the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth hair care line to master beach waves, perfectly messy side braids, on-trend accessories and a chic up-do.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Wash your hair with Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner to leave it looking thicker and fuller.
  2. Rough-dry your hair with your fingers and a hairdryer, and apply sea salt spray.
  3. Once dry, take random sections of hair and wrap around a curling iron, holding for 3-5 seconds.
  4. After half of the hair has been curled, spritz with hairspray and then brush through the curls  with your fingers to loosen and create a tousled look. Repeat with the rest of the hair.

Neil’s Beach-Wave Secret: “You don’t need to twist the hair in the same direction for each one. You want this to look naturally wavy and not too uniform.”

Watch: Beach Waves Hair Tutorial by Neil Moodie

About Neil Moodie

Neil is the Creative Director for the Windle & Moodie salon in London. In his more than 30 years of experience as a hairdresser, he has gained a wealth of knowledge not only of hair but of the beauty industry, collaborating with some of the biggest fashion and beauty pioneers in the world. His work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Burberry print ads and on haute couture runways around the world. Neil says, “I love to experiment with textures and mix contemporary, graphic elements with classic fundamentals. One of the greatest aspects about editorial hairstyling is having the freedom to experiment and break some of the fundamental rules, whether through the unconventional use of products or hairstyling techniques.”



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There are few hairstyles as timeless and sexy as beachy waves. With their feigned effortlessness and artfully tousled appeal, it’s no surprise they have such a widespread presence, sported by everyone from Hailey Baldwin to Gisele Bündchen. Whether you have a beach vacation planned or are looking for a way to infuse some bounce into your hair with minimal effort, we’ve got everything you need to know about perfecting the art of imperfection.

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Keep reading and watch the video below, to discover how to achieve perfect beachy waves yourself, no beach or salty ocean water required! Our beautiful friend Ana shares her tried and true tutorial for getting those gorgeous, breezy waves.

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Step 1

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Begin by spraying some heat protectant spray throughout your hair. We recommend starting off with air dried or blow dried hair to help speed up the process. Be sure to saturate your strands thoroughly to minimize damage. Ana’s hair is on the fragile side and therefore, easily prone to breakage when heat styling. If your hair texture is similar, using a quality heat protectant is will ensure you are protecting your hair optimally.

Step 2

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Select the hot tool you want to use to achieve your beachy waves. We recommend the Luxy Hair Signature Curler. Ana opts for a 1.5 inch barrel curling wand. You can also use a curling iron, if you prefer working with a clamp. Keep in mind that Ana has short hair so she finds the 1.5 inch barrel to be sufficient, however, if your hair is longer or you want a looser curl, a larger barrel is best.

Step 3

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Section off the top part of your hair to ensure you don’t miss any pieces. The key to achieving perfect beachy waves is curling your hair in different directions to give you a piecey and tousled appearance.  

Step 4

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Taking a medium size section of hair from the bottom layer of your head, begin curling your hair away from your face. For the next section of hair, wrap the hair over the wand so that it is curled towards your face. Continue curling the rest of your hair, alternating the direction of each section as you go. Be mindful not to hold the curl around the wand for too long as this will give you a tight, ringlet style that you want to avoid if you’re going for beachy waves.

Step 5

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Once you’re done curling all of your hair, spray some texturizing spray throughout your hair to help add volume. This will help give you that messy, beachy look without causing your curls to fall out.

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There you have it, perfectly imperfect beachy waves you can create yourself at home. If you’re looking to add some extra length or volume to your hair, just clip-in some Luxy Hair extensions 
before you begin styling. Want to dial up the beach factor? We recommend our Balayage Collection to give your hair some sun-kissed dimension and highlights without the dye.

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Do you have any tips for giving your hair that tousled, beachy look? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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