Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to Get Beachy Waves at Home


Effortless looking beachy waves is a hairstyle trend that isn’t going anywhere. Tousled, messy, deliberately disheveled hair has been insanely popular the past few years, and nothing embraces this look better than beachy waves (also called mermaid waves). The look is feminine, natural-looking/earthy, and sexy ... and what guy isn’t attracted to a mermaid, right? The look is fabulous for shoulder-length (even bobs and lobs) and long hair alike. Pair beachy waves with a balayage or regular highlights for a sun-kissed hairstyle everyone wants. 



<<Don't miss this Salon 1580 BLOG POST for tips to keep your hair healthy while at the beach and pool!  >>

You don’t have to be at the ocean to enjoy “Beachy Waves”. Here’s how to get those gorgeous waves at home, too! (HAIR CARE TIP: do NOT use the popular trend of adding sea salt spray to your hair to achieve this affect, which can be very drying, especially if you get keratin treatments ... it will strip the keratin in your hair!). Unstructured beach waves are easily achieved with the right products.

Here are four ways to create beachy waves at home:

1.    Without Heat-Styling ImplementsYour hair does NOT have to be clean to get the beachy waves affect. But if you wash your hair first here are some tips:

If your hair is straight or wavy:  After showering, blot hair with a towel, then finger-comb. Bend over, allowing your hair to hang down and tousle (not scrunch!) your strands pre-product to keep its natural texture. Then proceed with steps below.

If your hair is curly: Leave some conditioner in your hair, lightly rinsing with cool water. Gently use a wide-tooth comb while it’s soaking wet, then squeeze—don’t rub—with a towel. Then work through the texturizing process below, using the products outlined. Once your hair is totally dry (not a moment before, or you’ll create frizz), finger-comb to separate curls.

Prep with mousse
Your hair needs to hold the undone wave, so start by building up just-washed hair with a firm, non-sticky mousse. To keep it from looking greasy, finger-comb it through your hair evenly, starting about ½ inch from the roots.

Add texture
Sparingly use a texture spray, thickening spray, or styling cream, applying it from root to ends. Gently tousle each section as you work through your mane. Dry your hair upside down, using the tips at the beginning of this tutorial based on your hair type (straight/wavy or curly). Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.
 


2.     Using a curling iron
Use a two-inch barrel wand, which will make loose waves, rather than tight curls. After spraying your hair with a heat protectant spray (very important!), take a 2- or 3-inch section of hair and wind it it around the wand. Be sure to twist the hair as you wrap it – this gives an undone look to your strands when you unravel them. You want this look to be naturally wavy and not too uniform, so don't twirl your hair in the same direction for each section – one row towards your face, the next row away from your face, alternating directions as you move around your head. Instead of curling all the way to the ends of your hair, leave the ends straight for the natural, carefree look. Hold the hair against the iron for no more than six seconds, then let it drop, pulling at the ends to loosen the curl into a wave.

Once all hair has been curled, soften the curls by tipping your head upside down and break up the waves and all the hair at the roots with your fingers. If your hair is still feeling soft,  use some dry shampoo spray then continue to add that undone look with your fingers.

3.     Using a flat iron
Twist strands of hair into a tight spiral and slide your flat iron (paddle iron works best) slowly down the spiral. When entire head is done, finger comb and tousle, flipping your head upside down to break up the waves and all the hair at the roots with your fingers. If your hair is still feeling soft,  use some dry shampoo spray then continue to add that undone look with your fingers.


4.     No-Heat, Overnight Waves
One of the easiest ways to get beachy waves is to twist your hair up into 2-4 buns before you go to bed. Apply curling cream to freshly washed, slightly damp hair. (Optional: Twist each section from root to ends, or create braids, then wrap at the roots into tight honeybuns.) Secure tightly wound buns using strips of an old t-shirt (or hair pins) to avoid kinks. Leave in overnight and in the morning simply unroll and you will have beautiful beachy waves with minimal effort. Use a texture spray or dry shampoo sparingly, applying it from root to ends, before finishing off with a flexible hold hairspray. Gently tousle each section as you work through your mane.



The Finishing Touches
No matter which at-home method you use, remember that you can’t have beachy waves without a little texture. Spray your roots and strands with texturizing or volumizing spray to finish the look, and then break up your curls with your fingers (not a brush!) to tousle your waves.

Don't miss this Salon 1580 BLOG POST for tips to keep your hair healthy while at the beach and pool!  

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