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Surfer Haircut Inspiration & How to Get the Look

Written by: Piers Le Moignan



Time to read 8 min

We’re always on the lookout for the next big trend in hair care and styling, and right now, the surfer haircut is on our radar. This laid-back and effortlessly cool style has made a comeback, and we're here to give you the lowdown on how to achieve it.

Any hairstyle that doesn't take much effort but still looks great is a win in our books. And that's exactly what the surfer haircut is all about.

We've scoured our socials for the best surfer haircut inspiration and have rounded up our top picks below. Take a look, find your next style, and get ready to hit the waves (figuratively or literally).

What is Surfer Hair?

When you think of a surfer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably sun-kissed skin, a laid-back attitude, and, of course, effortlessly tousled hair.

The surfer haircut typically features longer layers with textured, choppy ends, giving the impression that you just spent a day at the beach.

Aside from this classic surfer haircut, other beachy-inspired hairstyles include...

  • Messy curls

  • Long, beachy waves

  • A simple side part with a tousled finish

  • The classic "bedhead" look

Essentially, it's about achieving lots of texture and movement in the hair. You can achieve this by using texturising styling products, like a sea salt spray, or using hair styling tools – but we'll get into that later.

What Length of Hair Works Best?

It typically works best on medium-length hair, as there's enough length to create the desired tousled effect. However, you can still achieve a surfer look with shorter and longer hair.

You can keep the sides shorter with a fade and keep the length on top for that classic surfer vibe. Or, if you have longer hair, channel your inner beach bum with a messy bun or ponytail.

Surfer Hair Ideas & Inspiration

Whenever we want to try out a new hairstyle, we always head to our trusted source of inspiration – Instagram.

Take a look at these surfer hair ideas…

Long Loose Curls

If you have medium-to-long hair, this style will give you serious surfer vibes. The long layers and loose curls create a natural, tousled look.

Long Wavy Fringe

For those with bangs, this style is perfect for adding a little surfer flair. The loose, wavy texture and long fringe create a laid-back, carefree look that's perfect for bringing the beach to your everyday.

Messy Man Bun

Throwing your hair up into a messy bun is handy for getting your hair out of your face, but it also adds a cool surfer style. The trick is to not be too precise with the bun, letting some stray pieces fall out for a more effortless look.

Tight Bedhead Curls

Bedhead curls also work well for a surfer look. If you have natural curls, work on adding some volume to them and let them fall loosely around your face.

If you don't have natural curls, a sea salt spray or thin curling wand can do the trick.

Fade Undercut

If you prefer your hair a little shorter, a fade undercut is a good option that still allows you to achieve a surfer hair look.

Keep your hair longer on top and gradually fade it down to a shorter length on the sides, styling your hair upwards and messy on top.

How to Achieve the Surfer Haircut

If you want to learn how to achieve cool surfer hairstyles like the ones above, it's all about adding texture, volume, and a messy look to your hair.

Even if you don't have naturally thick or wavy hair, you can still achieve this look with the right products and techniques – we'll show you how.

Step 1) Wash Your Hair With Volumising Products

Start by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner to remove any product build-up or excess oil.

We recommend using a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help give your hair added thickness and texture, which you'll need to achieve the surfer look. Regular cleansing products won't give you the same effect and can make it trickier to get the thickness and volume you desire.

Our Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner work incredibly well at creating a full-bodied base for your beachy waves. We've formulated them with premium, natural ingredients that actively work to boost volume and thickness both visibly and from the roots.

With Gingko Biloba, Saw Palmetto, and Vitamin B3 alongside other powerful ingredients, these products help to prevent male-pattern hair loss, stimulate hair growth, and improve the overall health of your scalp.

So they won't just help you achieve the surfer look, they'll also promote long-term hair health.

Step 2) Use a Texturising Spray on Wet Hair

Once you have washed and thoroughly rinsed your hair, you should use a texturising spray to add some extra grit and hold to your locks.

A sea salt spray will help you achieve the best beachy waves, giving your hair a tousled look.

Products that contain a high concentration of sea salt will help to create texture and volume while also providing the right amount of hold to keep your surfer hair in place all day.

Our Marine Mist contains Unrefined Atlantic Sea Salt at a higher density than you'll find in most products, making it the perfect choice for achieving those perfectly undone waves. It also nourishes your scalp with essential minerals.

Simply spritz the Marine Mist onto your wet hair, making sure to evenly distribute it throughout.

Step 3) Scrunch Your Hair

This step is important for helping your strands to hold their shape and create that naturally wavy look.

After applying the Marine Mist, flip your head upside down and scrunch your hair upwards towards your scalp. Use pulsing motions to scrunch rather than continuously squeezing your hair – this will help prevent frizz and create more defined waves.

You should also tousle your hair using splayed fingers, shaking the roots to encourage volume and bounce.

Step 4) Blow Dry or Air Dry

After scrunching, you can either blow dry your hair or let it air dry. If you have naturally flatter hair, you may find that blow drying will help to further enhance the volume and texture.

If you choose to blow dry, use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer to help maintain the shape of your waves and reduce frizz. Set the dryer to a low or medium heat setting and focus on drying your hair from the roots to the ends.

For air drying, gently pat your hair with a microfiber towel or t-shirt to absorb excess water. Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a regular towel, as this can cause frizz and disrupt the wave pattern.

Step 5) Add a Styling Product With Hold

When your hair is fully dry, using a styling hold product can help keep your waves in place and add more definition.

You could go back in with your sea salt spray or try a styling compound that provides a longer-lasting hold. Work a small amount of product through your hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends where your waves need the most support.

You can also focus some of the product on small sections to make your hair look more piecey.

Our Hybrid Hair is a brilliantly versatile product for this step.

It provides a touchable hold and adds texture to your waves without making them feel stiff or crunchy. The Icelandic Bentonite Clay and Organic British Beeswax in our Hybrid Hair will nourish and protect your locks, leaving them looking healthy and shiny.

The formula is also lightweight, so it won't cause your surfer style to fall flat throughout the day. Many other products can leave your hair feeling heavy and looking greasy, but we've made sure that Hybrid Hair strikes the perfect balance of hold and weightlessness.

Summary: Cool Surfer Hairstyles for Men

We can see the surfer hairstyle sticking around for a while, and it's one we'll be trying out ourselves. With the right product, it's easy to achieve this laid-back and effortlessly cool look.

Follow our steps, use our inspiration, and make sure to grab our hair products to achieve the ultimate surfer style.

We've formulated each of our shower and styling products with great care and attention to detail, using only the best natural and organic ingredients.

Use them to create your perfect surfer hairstyle without the heavy and greasy feeling that other products can leave behind, and incorporate them into your daily grooming routine for easy everyday styling.


What is the Surfer Cut?

The surfer cut is a popular hairstyle that features lots of texture, volume and a laid-back, tousled look. The style is meant to mimic the wind-blown and sea-salted hair of a surfer.

How Do I Make My Hair Look Like a Surfer's?

Using texturising products such as sea salt sprays and styling compounds can help achieve the surfer look. Adding volume by diffusing your hair upside-down while blow-drying can also give you that beachy wave effect.

Why Do Surfers Have Curly Hair?

Surfers often have naturally curly hair due to the high salt content in ocean water. This salt can dry out and tighten the curl pattern of their hair, giving them those iconic beachy waves. Additionally, constant exposure to sun and sand can also contribute to the texture and volume of their hair.

How Do I Ask My Barber for Surfer Hair?

Ask them exactly that. Surfer hair is a popular style, and many barbers are familiar with it. Having a couple of reference photos can also be helpful to show exactly the type of surfer style you're after. You can also ask for layers to add texture and volume.

Piers Le Moignan

Piers Le Moignan is the founder and CEO of Salt Grooming, an award-winning British luxury men’s haircare and styling brand. 

Founded in 2018, Piers has quickly grown the company into a global brand that has distributed to 43 countries and counting.

Headquartered in London, Piers leads an agile workforce of 10 employees and consultants, including the company’s formulation team which features some of the UK’s leading cosmetic scientists. Piers is responsible for overseeing logistics, supply chain, and performance marketing, and is the driving force behind Salt’s product innovation and brand/creative direction. 

Previous to foundership, Piers spent a decade at some of London’s leading creative agencies, developing global brands and communications for the likes of Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover, British Airways, and more.

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