With warmer months on the way fashion always points toward that gorgeous wavy, tousled beach curl which everyone wants to achieve but it’s hard if you don’t know how to do it. Not everyone has a hair stylist ready and waiting to do their hair every morning.
While the fashion magazines talk about bed-head hair and we see pictures of famous models with that sexy just got out of bed look, the reality is far from sexy and much more birds nest certainly when I wake up! So knowing how to get that wavy tousled look is really important. The good news is you can do it! You don’t even need styling tools (although they do help) and this guide will give you four different ways of achieving beautiful beach curls so you’ll be summer-ready in just a few minutes.
4 Easy ways to get wavy hair
#1 How to get wavy hair without heat, with braids
Thankfully, braiding is BIG news at the moment. All the celebrities are doing it (think Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian) so you won’t look out of place with a few braids in your hair or even just two plaits positioned either side of your head. The other good news is braids are so easy to do, everyone remembers them from school days so get plaiting!
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Depending on how tousled you want your hair will make a difference to how many plaits you should put in. If you want a soft, tousled look with a defined wave then just plait two tight braids either side of your head. If you want a more messy, wavy look then I would advise plaiting about six different sections of your hair depending on thickness.
For real kinks and waves plait up to ten sections. The trick here is to leave them in, so either wear plaits all day and separate them ready to go out at night or sleep in them. When you unplait don’t brush your hair, separate the waves using your fingers. Then rub some serum in the palms of your hands before distributing it through your hair – you should be wavy and tousled to perfection!
#2 How to get wavy hair overnight
Imagine going to bed and waking up with tousled waves! Well you can, of course if you follow the above point you can achieve the overnight waves just by plaiting your hair but there are other ways. After you’ve washed your hair towel dry it until it’s nearly dry but make sure it’s still relatively damp, then twist your hair up round your fingers and fix it to your head using little clips. It might not be the most comfortable way to sleep but this is the way people used to achieve curls before hairdryers came along and it does work. In the morning, simply unwind each pin-curl and loosen with your fingers. Alternatively you could put your hair into rollers, again when it’s nearly dry but there’s still some moisture left in it. Choose different size rollers for different size tousled curls. In the morning simply remove the rollers, separate the curls using your fingers and voila – perfect tousled waves!
#3 How to get wavy hair with a straightener
Hair straighteners aren’t just for straightening out hair! They are just as good for creating curls too. Use them in a similar way to how you would to straighten out hair so start with dry hair and spray it with a heat protector. Then section out hair according to the size of curl you want. Obviously this won’t work well with wide-plate straighteners so choose a relatively slim pair. Then heat up the straighteners and open them. Place a section of hair round the base of the straightener and wind it round fully from root to tip, clamp down the straightener for a few seconds (don’t leave them on for too long because of the burning risk) and then release. Repeat all over the head and finish with a little serum.
#4 How to get wavy hair with a curling iron
Curling irons promise curls, hence their name! To get tousled waves, rough dry hair and apply a heat protecting serum or spray. Then set your curling iron to the desired temperature (remember it’s not recommended to use a very high temperature on fine or damaged hair). Once the curling iron has heated up to the right temperature, section by section wind it round the barrel and clamp the iron shut. It’s best to start at the back of the head and move round it but really it doesn’t matter, do whatever you feel comfortable with. Never hold the curling iron on the hair for more than a few seconds as the heat could cause breakage. Once you’ve finished all the sections, shake out your hair and use fingers to separate into tousled waves. Perhaps finish with a little serum and you’ll be ready to go!