Loose Waves


In a perfect world, we all have perfectly imperfect, loose, beachy waves every day. Heck, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to do anything and our hair would look like that. But, alas, this is not a perfect world. Those perfectly messy waves require some training and work. But it IS possible 🙂

In the video, you’ll find all the tips, but here’s a quick breakdown of the steps for those who like reading vs watching- or you’re just eating lunch at work right now and forgot your headphones.


Step one is always to add some product. Use a leave-in conditioner to protect, strengthen, and soften your ends before using any heat on them, and use a volumizing spray at the roots and mid-lengths for some hold and volume. For this particular style, I used The Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray and Aveda Volumizing Tonic. Make sure your hair is not sopping wet when spraying the product in.


The next step is to “rough-dry” the hair with just your fingers and a blow-dryer (mine is Rusk DeepShine Professional Dryer), then clip it up into three sections, leaving the bottom section out.


Next, start curling with a hot curling iron. place the curling iron a third of the way down the hair, vertically, and curl with the direction of the iron, alternating directions. Leave the very ends out of the curling iron and pull down on the section of hair you just curled to straighten it out a bit.

The size section you take should be about as large as the curling iron width. I used a Hot Tools 1″ Marcel Iron, but I’d recommend a regular Hot Tools 1″ Spring Iron for non- hairstylists.


I personally think that it looks best when the front pieces are curled away from the face, so  that is illustrated here.


Here’s a pic of the first section all finished. Notice that the direction of the curls vary  and that they’re just a soft wave, not a tight curl. If you curl a piece too tight, its very easy to straighten it out again with the curling iron.


Make sure you give as much detail to the top section as you did with the bottom section. This is the section that everyone will see. Hairspray (I used Chi Enviro 54 Hairspray) each section as you complete it and at the end, wait for the top section to cool, then run your fingers through all of your hair to break up the curls and soften everything. Then  hairspray again. Yep, I like hairspray.

Here are a couple pictures of the finished product:



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