My hair is very thick and tends to wave naturally, but it's not a pretty wave on its own. In college, part out of laziness and part out of wanting a change, I started learning the process of styling it wavy. And, 10 years later, I'm still wearing it the same way. I guess that change is here to stay!
My hairstyle, I've come to learn, falls into that "beach wave" category. With Summer just around the corner, I thought I'd give a beach wave hair tutorial. Now, I don't want to discredit myself from the start, but hair and makeup are not my thing. I LOVE products, and pretty packaging, and yummy smells, but I fail miserably at the whole application thing (my bestie, Sarah, just taught me how to apply eyeliner a couple years ago!). Regardless, I have been wearing my hair this way for a decade, so I've picked up some tips along the way (hair stylist friends are the best!) and learned a thing or two when it comes to beachy wave hair. Credibility restored! Let's do this!
First, after shampooing and conditioning, I use a thick tooth comb to get out any tangles and remove a lot of the excess water. One hair stylist friend, Michelle, told me to a.) touch my hair as little as possible to help prevent frizz after showering and b.) the thick tooth comb makes your hair piece together in larger chunks...perfect for piecey, messy waves.
UPDATE FOR MORE FINE HAIR: While you have conditioner in your hair, finger comb your hair. There is no need to use a large tooth comb.
So, after that, my other hair stylist friend, Danielle, suggested to me years ago to scrunch with a towel instead of my hands. The towel collects excess water and again, this helps with frizz. So, towel scrunching it is...
Then I use my favorite thing EVER, Moroccan Oil. Kris gave me my first bottle 4 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. It moisturizes (something super important, especially when using salt spray that can be drying), smells amazing, and although it's pricey, lasts forever. I do a couple pumps and put it everywhere in my hair being careful to keep my chunky scrunched hair...it's a process y'all!
So, then it looks like the pic below. I let it air dry a bit before moving on to the next step.
Just before bed, once my hair has air dried a bit (usually around 30 min), I spray some sea salt spray throughout it. I have used the Paul Mitchell sea spray for over a year now, but I just started using the new Bumble & Bumble and it's REALLY good for my hair too. I researched some of the top rated beach wave sprays and you can find them here, here, and here. Then, I pile it all up in a bun using those cool non-creasing hair ties (my friend and current hair stylist Rebekah does NOT support this). Next up, beauty sleep!
UPDATE FOR MORE FINE HAIR: If you have fine hair, in addition to the Moroccan Oil and Sea Salt spray, use a volumizer at the roots to give you some extra lift. Even with thick hair, I like the extra boost sometimes. My favorite (and Kris's favorite too) is Aquage Uplifting Foam. You can find it here. Also, there is no need put it up in a bun. Instead, just sleep with your hair down and damp.
In the morning, I take the bun down (my overly thick hair is always still wet) and spray some more sea salt spray. After drinking my coffee, making breakfast, whatever my morning routine looks like that day, my hair air dries and looks like this.
I usually have crazy pieces, straight pieces, and frizzy pieces. I take a couple of minutes to touch those up with a 1 1/2 inch curling iron. Because the best thing about beach waves is their messy imperfection, be sure to alternate which way you are curling when taming the unruly pieces.
When I curl too much, it starts to feel very "done up" but I hairspray anyway with Kenra Volume Spray 25 (thanks Kris!). One step outside, and humidity is going to take control.
And you're done! So easy! This style still looks good after sleeping on it too. I love not using heat on my hair everyday. I love how low maintenance this style is. I love the way the products smell. I love that when I'm having a bad hair day, it might not be as obvious, because it's all about that messy beach hair don't care look!
Side note: After writing this, all I want to do is go to the beach! Summer is here ladies!