Exclusive: The Secret to Shay Mitchell's Beachy Waves

We now live in a day and age where dressing a celebrity, doing makeup on a celebrity, and coiffing a celebrity can turn you into a celebrity—just look to any of the countless hairstylists and makeup artists whose Instagram followings rival that of the stars they work with. It’s this transparency—stars, they did not wake up like this, and that’s ok!—that makes the current industry we work in so exciting. Want to know the secret to Olsen-worthy waves? Just ask their hairstylist (and resident Byrdie hair guru), Mark Townsend. What about the secret to Beyoncé’s signature cat-eye? Her makeup artist, Sir John, can tell you. We’ll never grow tired of learning the method behind a celebrity’s beauty look, secretly hoping, that yes, we can recreate just an ounce of the glamour at home.

On that note, we were particularly excited to catch up with Daven Mayeda, Shay Mitchell’s go-to hair guy. Mitchell, of Pretty Little Liars fame, has a lustrous head of midnight-black hair that is envy-inducing to say the least. Her thick, full mane is always perfectly waved without looking too “done,” and always has just the right amount of texture. In other words, we need to know how to copy, stat. Luckily, Mayeda was happy to share his exact technique, along with the tools and products he uses. We predict Hollywood-worthy beach waves in your near future…

Find out how to get Mitchell’s signature beachy waves below!