So, the beachy wave is a hard thing to master for people with straight hair. No matter how much sprunching, diffusing, or moussing you do, it’s nearly impossible to keep that natural, piece-y wave longer than ten minutes. Luckily, I finally found THE best way to achieve the look in a cinch. I also found the best way for those who hate curling irons and hair products (at the bottom.)
1. Pre-heat curling iron. The bigger the better, but my 1″ does just fine. Snag a bag of ice, ice pack, or something nice and cold (hello Diet coke!) This is optional, but if your hands run warmer, you’ll get better results working with them when they’re chilly.
2. Towel dry hair, and apply a volumizing product from root to tip. Usually, I just do my roots with Matrix Total Results Wonder Boost. (Clearance at Target. Complete stroke of luck that it’s the best one I’ve ever used.) But a simple homemade salt spray would do just fine to add texture as well.
2. Don’t brush or comb hair. If you’re in a hurry, blow dry it on HIGH heat, but low speed. The higher the speed, the straighter your hair will be.
I flip my hair upside down for extra volume. You’ll need to separate your hair with your fingers to make sure everything gets nice and dry! I usually throw my damp hair in a bun while doing my makeup. This let’s my hair air dry naturally a little before taking the blow dryer to it.
3. Separate hair into 4-6 rough equal sections. I’m too lazy to fasten them each with a clip for this style, but if your hair is particularly unruly – go for it.
4. Wrap each section (these are BIG sections!) around the curling iron WITHOUT clamping it. Leave the roots and tips out of the picture, and focus on the shaft. (Heh.) The focus here isn’t to get the perfect curl – it’s to make the hair nice and HOT!
5. Unwrap the hair from the iron. The big section of hair should have made a pitiful looking wave instead of a curl. PERFECT!
6. MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Put your hand on the ice pack for a moment, then make a “claw” with your fingers and SCRUNCH that hot section of hair up close to your scalp. Don’t make a tight fist, just touch your fingers to your head like you’re making a “cage” around the hair. Give it a few tight scrunches and really get that heat out with your cold fingers. Removing the heat from the hair is what makes this style last!
7. Repeat this step for the other sections of hair, then finish with hairspray. I always lift sections of hair and get that texture under each layer.
Seriously, this style takes me 10-15 minutes tops. No curling 20 little bits of hair, spraying them furiously with intoxicating goo, only to have them fall out later.
Towel-dry hair WELL, squeezing as much water out as possible. Don’t brush or comb. Replace all the products with a little home made salt water. Twist hair and form a bun on the top of your head, then secure with a hair tie. A nice 45 minute bike ride in 80 degree weather will set this up nicely, but a high heat, low speed hair dryer will do the trick too. Then cool everything off and ensure your hair is dry. This method is a little less predictable, but works too!
The most important trick is taking your hair from the super HOT state to the COLD state. The greater the temperature difference, the more receptive the hair will be!