Here’s what you need:
– Wide-tooth comb
– A 25 mm clipless iron (I use Jose Eber’s Pro Series available at folica.com)
– One hair clip (or more if you have thicker hair). I use TS-2 styling clips.
– Heat protectant spray. I use Turbo Power Forma Thermal Lotion
– A flexible hair spray, like Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly
1. Using a wide-tooth comb, comb through your hair and make sure to smooth out any tangles. This will make things a lot easier when it’s time to curl!
2. Pull the top layer of your hair back and twist in a bun. Secure with a hair clip. If your hair is thicker, you might need to break this up in two sections and clip separately.
3. Spray entire area to be curled with the heat protectant spray.
4. Grab a small section to be curled. You can do this in any random order, but I find the easiest way to do this is to start from the back.
5. Hold the iron with the barrel pointing down. Wrap the hair around the iron. (Tip: Try not to wrap it flat, rather let the hair remain rounded as you wrap it around the barrel). Hold on to the tip of the hair as it heats for about 10 seconds or so.
6. Keep holding on to the hair as you gently remove the iron and let your hair fall by itself. Don’t tug at your hair. Repeat to curl the entire section the same way.
7. Afterwards, let another section of your hair loose from your clip. Tie any remaining hair up again. Begin curling the new section the same way.
8. For bangs, I like to hold my iron slightly more horizontal for a softer wave (but still pointing down).
9. After you’re done curling all of your hair, use your fingers to brush out the waves gently.
10. To finish, use a flexible hair spray to mist your hair lightly at the end.
TIP #1: If you have a lot of frizz, I would apply a little anti-frizz serum on your hair before starting. I LOVE Sedu’s Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Argan Oil. I think everyone should own this actually (post to come about its awesomeness soon).
TIP #2: If you’re hair doesn’t hold a curl well, I’d also mist a flexible hair spray BEFORE curling EACH section. I’m stressing using a flexible hair spray as opposed to a stronger one because you want your curls to still look bouncy and not stiff for this look (that would actually be the OPPOSITE of the beachy waves look you’re going for here!).
TIP #3: You can get the same waves using a regular curling iron — l just think the clipless has been the easiest tool I’ve used to get these waves. But if you ARE using a curling iron, make sure the clamp is closed and wrap your hair OVER the clamp to get these waves. If this makes a little bump in your curl where the clamp is, another way to do this is to keep the clamp open the whole time, and wrap your hair around the barrel. This will make a smoother curl. Again, it’s just easier with the clipless I think. But that’s just me.
AND, if none of that made any sense to you, here’s the video tutorial :). Let me repeat, this is the first video tutorial I’ve ever done, so um please be a little understanding? Thanks.