Summer is officially here, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love channeling their inner Gisele and working some serious beach waves. No matter what your hair type, we help you get perfect summer curls.


Straight Hair

Start with freshly washed hair that you’ve let air dry. Apply a texturising spray (we love Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray) and using a medium sized curling iron, take 2-inch sections of hair and wrap it around the barrel, instead of curling up the wand. It’s best to take messy sections so the waves look more natural.  After the curls cool, comb your fingers through your hair and spritz in more texturizing spray or hairspray to hold your waves.

Wavy Hair

If you want to get tousled waves fresh out of the shower, apply a curl cream (try Kevin.Murphy’s MOTION.LOTION), tie your hair in a loose bun, let it dry, then touch up any flat sections with a large barrel curling iron (ghd’s Soft Curl Tong is great). Flip your head upside down, spray all over with a texturizing spray (we love Kevin.Murphy’s HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY), and lightly scrunch the curls with your hands. This look also works if you sleep in it with a bun overnight and touch up any straight sections with a curling wand in the morning.

Curvy Hair

If you have curly hair, blow out your curls with a round brush to straighten your hair out a bit before creating the waves. Apply an anti-frizz serum (Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdressers Primer is great for this) before you grab your blow dryer, so summer humidity won’t ruin your look . Then, use a medium-sized curling iron (we love ghd’s Classic Curl tong) to create loose waves and add a surf spray for texture (try Josie Maran Cosmetics Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist).

Coloured Hair

If your hair has =been chemically processed, it’s extra important to apply a cream or serum before using any heat tools (try Living Proof’s Restore Targeted Repair Cream). Use about a 1 inch curling iron on random sections of the hair to create tousled waves. Finish with a finishing spray for added shine (we love Bumble & Bumble’s Shine On (And On) Finishing Spray).

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.