If there was an "it" hairstyle for 2012, beachy waves would be it. The softly tousled, super textured, natural look has been sported by trendy girls all over the globe, and now it’s your turn. Regardless of whether you have straight, curly, or "problem" hair — hello, frizz and limpness — with the right products and skills, you can achieve this look at home. Here’s your step-by-step guide to getting wavy locks — without looking like you just rolled out of bed!
This hairstyle works best when it has a fresh base. So, the first step is to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo, or if you have fine hair, a thickening one. If you can, use a conditioner that is specifically designed to nourish and protect your locks against the heat.
After towel-drying, apply a texturising mousse or lotion directly onto wet hair. These lotions add texture and volume while moisturising the hair at the same time. Warm the product in your palms before using a painting motion to apply it from the roots to the ends.
At this point, it’s time to blow dry your tresses. Flip your head over and blow-dry your hair — using a diffuser — to add volume to the roots. It’s important not to touch your hair or play around with it until it’s completely dry. When the dampness is all gone, flip your head upside down again and without going overboard, use a light-hold spray to set it.
To improve manageability and add some smoothness before you break out the curling iron, twist large sections of your hair around your finger. Start at the bottom and work your way up, wrapping until you feel a slight tension.
Separate your hair into sections. As a general rule, if you have thick hair, divide it into five or six sections, but if you don’t, four should be fine. Apply your hairspray directly onto the areas you will be curling: Leave around 7 centimetres from your roots and another 7 centimetres from the ends and apply in the middle of those two points.
Place your curling iron in the spot you just sprayed and use your fingers to wrap sections of the hair around the barrel. (If you want a bouncy, natural look, go for thicker sections as narrower sections will give you the opposite effect: tightly-wound curls.) Make sure you avoid heating the ends — this style looks best when the volume is contained to the middle and the ends appear straight. Continue until all hair is curled.
To finish, apply your hairspray all over and lightly scrunch the hair with your fingers. If you prefer the more "undone", edgy look, you can also use sea salt before you scrunch, which will add some extra texture.
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