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I get asked from time to time how I curl my hair, and it never dawned on me until just now that that might be something worth sharing. Growing up with a mother as a hairdresser, I’ve come to realize that even though we may all want a similar result, there can be a million different ways to get there. Therefore, I thought I’d share my quick and easy tutorial for how to get effortless, loose waves in just five simple steps! It’s also particularly great if you have short hair. So without further adieu, click below if you’d like to read more:
Step 1: Section your hair into layers using a large clip. You’ll want to start by curling the bottom layer and slowly let sections down until you reach the top. How many layers you create depends on how thick your hair is, coupled with personal preference. I tend to section my hair into three or four layers, but there really is no rhyme or reason to my madness. It’s just what I like best!
Step Two: Using a 1 1/4″ curling iron, curl 1″ sections of your hair away from your face. A lot of people like to alternate the direction of their curls, but I think curling all the pieces in the same directions gives a softer, more subtle look. Let down another section and repeat.
Step 3: This is my secret sauce. Next, straighten small portions of both the top and the bottom parts of your hair. Straightening the bottom gives for a piecey, more messy look. Straightening the top gives you more of a wave and less of a curl. *Note: Be sure not to straighten too much of the top because you don’t want to lose all of your curl, just enough to make it wavy.
Step 4: Once you’ve curled and “straightened” all of your layers. You’ll want to run some time of smoothing treatment throughout your hair. Personally, I love the Kerastase Fibre Architecte and the L’Oreal Absolut Repair Lipidum Dual Serum for this. They both add the perfect amount of shine without weighing your hair down.
After you do that, you’ll want to tease your hair a bit at the bottoms. This adds that messiness and texture that’s incredibly trendy right now.
Step 5: Finally, you’ll want to spray your hair. I use two sprays – the first is the Oribe Apres Beach Spray. This takes those loose waves one step further and adds even more messiness and shine, as if I just walked off a beach. Then I spray my hair with some strong hold hair spray so that my waves last all day!
And there you have it! Loose waves in five easy steps. If you try out the tutorial, I’d love for you to share it with me. Feel free to tag me @_tianalewis! xx, t.
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