Hair trends come and go fast in the celeb world, but one that’s stayed a consistent favourite is the beachy wave. This tousled look gives the wearer a “just woke up but still looking fabulous” finish and creates a holiday-like look with very little effort – and without a beach in sight.

Fans of the beachy look include Molly-Mae Hague, Siânnise Fudge, Lucy Donlan and Chloe Ferry. All often get asked by their fans on Instagram how they can copy the look for themselves.

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If you also love the look but assume it’s too tricky to try and recreate at home, we’re here to tell you this isn’t just a style reserved for the famous.

To show you the tricks to mastering the look, we’ve teamed up with hair stylist and Color Wow ambassador James Johnson, who styles the tresses of famous faces like Gemma Collins and Billie Shepherd – who also happens to be our current Beauty Edit ambassador.

Your toolkit

Color Wow Style on Steroids, from just £10.27 here

This styling hero helps add volume and texture to limp locks, and is a must-have for perfecting the beachy wave. You can nab yourself an absolute bargain and get a deluxe travel size version of it in our OK! Billie Shepherd Beauty Edit box this month, which also houses four other gorgeous beauty products selected by the star.

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Color Wow Dream Cocktail Kale-Infused, £23 here

You always need to apply heat protectant before styling and this gives you that while also helping reduce hair breakage and damage.

Color Wow Dream Smooth Professional Paddle Brush, £40 here

Ideal for giving you a smooth blow-out before you start styling your hair.

Color Wow Pop + Lock High Gloss Finish, £19 here

This finishing product offers frizz control and adds a glass-like gloss to strands.

James’ six simple steps to a beachy wave

Step 1 – Prep the hair using the leave-in Dream Cocktail Kale-Infused. “This transforms your hair and makes it up to 50 per cent stronger from one use,” says James.

Step 2 – Blow dry the hair using the paddle brush. “Not only does it give a nice bit of tension, it saves the time of lengthy styling using a round brush,” he adds. Since you’ll be using a heated tool to give the waves, this step is just to make sure hair is dry and smooth.

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Step 3 (optional) – Use a clip-in hair extension piece to add volume. James uses a one-piece weft from his newly-launching WantThatHair brand, but you can use whichever clip-ins you have to hand.

Since all the celebs tend to opt for hair extensions to get a glam and lengthy look, this step will really help you replicate their style.

Step 4 – Tong the hair with a curling wand using a wave technique. “Curl one away from the face and then one towards it, alternating with each section,” James advises. This ensures the curls aren’t too structured and uniform looking.

Spray each section with Style on Steroids to give added heat protection and hold.

Step 5 – “Straighten the ends of the hair with a hair straightener so the effect almost looks like you’ve worn a plait overnight,” says James. This is his top tip for nailing the beachy look.

Step 6 – Brush your hair out using a wide-tooth comb or just your fingers, then apply a small pump of the Pop + Lock.

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“Where most people go wrong is they put too much on their hands and it goes on as one big blob,” James says. “Avoid saturating the hair with too much product by rubbing the oil through your hands, like you would when applying a hand cream, and then distribute it through your lengths, starting with the underneath first.”

And there you have it, a look might just get you on this year’s series of Love Island!

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