3   31
4   41
6   44
8   49
3   46
8   68
4   54
9   64
7   70
5   69

How to achieve simple messy, beachy waves

It’s been almost a year now since I cut inches and inches of hair off! I used to shield behind extensions for around 7 years! They were between 18-22 inches long, so as you can probably gather they were wayyy down my back. I got to a point where I was actually a bit scared to see my natural hair, I always had super thin hair which is why I opted for extensions in the first place but I decided to just chop it all off and originally my plan was to wear clip ins while my hair grew, I just needed a break from bonds, my hair was in awful condition, it was so dry as I could never fully condition it due to the fact I had constant bonds in my hair and in all honesty I never thought there would become a day where I said goodbye to them. The thought of it would make me feel sick I remember almost crying at the thought! for somebody who’s hair never saw the light of day I never got it cut either but I realise now that is what stopped it from growing.

I have even more of my hair off now, it was just past my shoulders after chopping half of it off last June and now I can’t even tie it in a ponytail! It’s a little brighter too but I didn’t want my hair to then have a reverse effect and go back to being dry and straw-like due to bleaching it up again so, I have made a conscious effort to keep my hair in tip-top condition by trying and testing all kinds of brands and products.

I’ve tried every salt spray and texturizing spray imaginable I now feel like I have my little signature hairstyle I thought I’d share with you my favourite sprays, products and hair styling tools that I’ve tried and tested for the past year.

Okay, so I’ve been washing my hair with the L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths shampoo and conditioner. I am so obsessed with this range, I think it’s typically for long hair but I love the smell and feel it gives to my shorter hair and it is amazing for split ends!

I normally prep my hair before blow-drying it, the Lee Stafford’s Blow & Go which is from the Coco Loco Range is my go-to. This preps my hair and keeps it smooth and silky and heat protected while blow-drying/styling. 

I then go in for the actual styling tool. I recently bought the Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix interchangeable curling wandI love the idea that you can change the barrel whenever you want which makes it easier for travelling so you don’t have to take multiple hair tools.

I opted for the Ellipse Waver Barrel which gives gorgeous beachy waves, which doesn’t look too uniform they are pretty messy beach waves which is perfect for summer and personally my favourite hairstyle on anyone. I really want the corkscrew one next I think that would look pretty cool!

Umberto Giannini Texturizing spray, you can find the exact one – here. This is essentially the glue that keeps everything together. This stuff is amazing – especially if you have shorter hair. It keeps everything in place all day and it adds that bit of texture to my hair and decent amounts of volume. I hate my hair straight but if I use just a bit of this spray it looks amazing! I did try the Oribe Texturizing spray for quite a long time but I prefer this Umberto Giannini spray and its a fraction of the price of the Oribe spray Deffo a good dupe!

That’s my current hair care routine. A little different to when I was new to the short hair but I definitely am loving this little routine that I have and I am so happy with this haircut. What do you think?
Don’t forget you can follow me on any social media platforms by clicking the follow icons on the side or bottom of the page 🙂 

Some of the links here are affiliate links, this means that I get a small percent of the sale which is no additional cost to you, it just means I can fund this blog 🙂

thank you



  1. Alicia S
    June 7, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I love this shampoo and conditioner range…it's done wonders for my poor damaged hair.Alicia xAesthetic Obsessed

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 7, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      It smells so good too! even my boyfriend uses it haha! – Alicia Xo

  2. Lady Writes
    June 7, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    This is really helpful as I'm good at curls but not so much at waves x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 7, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      This makes it so much easier using this wand! – Alicia Xo

  3. Beff Shuff
    June 7, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I’m currently trying the L’Oréal conditioner and I love it!

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 7, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      It's so good! – Alicia Xo

  4. Yasmina Sahraoui
    June 10, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I love to have beachy looking waves and your hair looks absolutely beautiful. x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 11, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much! – Alicia Xo

  5. Sarah Jayne Adams
    June 13, 2018 / 1:00 am

    Wow you hair looks amazing! xxx

    • Alicia a la Mode
      June 14, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thank you! – Alicia Xo

  6. Katie Middleton
    June 15, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I need to pick up and try the texturising spray – everyones raving about it at the moment! xx

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      It's honestly so good – even my other half uses it haha! – Alicia Xo

  7. jess watts
    June 16, 2018 / 7:56 am

    gorgeous, may hair is the same length so I might give this style a try x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Its perfect for this length! – Alicia XO

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *