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How to Get Wavy Hair

Nothing says summer to us like wavy, beach hair! No matter how straight or flat our hair looks, we know there are some easy ways to create wavy locks that don't involve getting a perm (eek!). And hair product companies are heeding the call for help with wavy hair - there are more and more products available to help your hair achieve the perfect beach-head texture! Salt spray, beach hair spray and any kind of bed-head spray will make even straight hair bend to the will of the wavy by creating texture and hold for the hair to bend and stay tousled. There are numerous ways that you can achieve wavy hair, it just depends on how much time you have! The easiest of course is to braid your hair in small, loose sections when it's damp the night before and sleep on it. Don't use elastic bands that are too tight and voila - wavy hair when you wake up! Check out our cheat sheet for the perfect tousled summer waves!


Using a curling iron

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  • 1. Wash your hair and apply mousse while it's still damp. This will help your hair with some much needed volume and texture if your hair is naturally straight. If you have slightly wavy hair already, this will just help it hold the new style. Blow dry your hair upside down. Do not use a brush, just your fingers!
  • 2. Get your curling iron out - the best size is one that has a 1 and 1/4 inch wide barrel - you don't want the waves to be too small!
  • 3. Work from the bottom section of your hair to the top and use a clip to keep hair out of the way while you curl each section.
  • 4. Take 2 inch sections of hair and wrap it around the barrel of the curling iron (do NOT open the clamp). Stop twisting the hair about 2 inches from the bottom so the ends aren't curled. Pull downward and release the curls until your entire head is done. Make sure you also don't start the twisting too close to the scalp - you want your hair to look naturally tousled and wavy and not too "done".
  • 5. When you're finished, shake your hair out and spray with beach spray and voila!

Pin curls

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  • 1.This is a retro way to get waves - women used to do this in the 1940s to get wavy hair! You'll need leave-in conditioner, a pack of bobby pins and light hold hairspray
  • 2. Wash your hair and lightly mist your hair with leave-in conditioner while it's still damp. Don't dry it completely, if you leave it a bit damp it makes it much easier to do the pin curls.
  • 3. Section your hair into 10-15 sections of hair about 2 inches wide. Take each section and wrap it around your fingers and roll it and secure the curl against your head with a bobby pin.
  • 4. Let hair air dry overnight and remove the bobby pins. Your hair should have defined waves! Lightly mist with hairspray and run your fingers through them. The best thing about the pin curl method is that they last a long time!

Flat iron

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  • 1. Wash your hair and mist it with thermal heat protectant spray. Completely dry it before you use your flat iron. It is best to use a narrow, smaller iron as it is easier to work with.
  • 2. When your hair is totally dry clamp the flat on a 2 inch section of hair close to the scalp. Raise the hair up 90 degrees and then turn the flat iron 180 degrees (or half a turn).
  • 3. Without releasing, slide the flat iron down and do the same but turn the flat iron in the opposite direction a half turn.
  • 4. Continue until your entire head is done - the section don't all have to be even - it looks better when it's not!
  • 5. Finish your hair with some light styling spray or hairspray.
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PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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Littkekawaiiigirl
I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
reply about 14 hours
Kirsteeeeen
Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
reply about 15 hours
Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ
KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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