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How to Make Waves

We all love to change up our look and hairstyle once in a while! For those of us with naturally straight hair, we always want waves or curls. Those of us with curly hair want poker straight hair. Luckily for us, nowadays it’s super easy to change up your hairstyle at home whenever you feel like it - no hair stylist or salon visit is necessary! For straight haired gals, making waves in our hair is something that we love to do - it’s a nice change from our regular pin straight locks and isn’t hard to do at all! Wavy hair gives a more relaxed, care-free look to your hairstyle and is a softer look to flat-ironing your hair into perfectly polished sleekness. Some techniques are more complicated than others but turning your hair wavy is can be as simple as just braiding your hair and sleeping on it overnight! Girls with naturally wavy hair can count themselves lucky - all you have to do is shape the natural bounce in your hair! Check out our top tips on how anyone make waves!


Wavy Hair Tools

  • 1. Curling iron (should be around one inch to one and a half inches for longer hair)
  • Conair Satin Smooth Tourmaline curling iron 1”, $17.99Conair Satin Smooth Tourmaline curling iron 1”, $17.99
  • 2. Volumizing or texturing body spray or beach hair spray (too add texture and control to your hair)
  • ULTA Ultimate Styling Thickening Spray Volumizer, $8.99, Ulta.comULTA Ultimate Styling Thickening Spray Volumizer, $8.99, Ulta.com
  • 3. Bobby pins and Ouchless hair elastics
  • Blax Snag-free hair elastics, $3, www.HQHair.comBlax Snag-free hair elastics, $3, www.HQHair.com
    Bobby pinsBobby pins

Pin Curls

Women used to use this method in the 1930s to make retro waves in their hair so this is a tried and true method for making waves! After shampooing your hair, towel dry it until damp. Flip your hair upside down and spray it all over with volumizing or texturing spray. Take small two inch sections of your hair and wrap around your finger to make a curl. Pin it to your head with a bobby pin. Repeat until you finish your whole head. Let your hair air dry or blow dry it on low heat. When your hair is completely dry, take out the bobby pins and shake your waves out. Mist your hair again with volumizing or texture spray to give it hold.

Braid Your Hair

This is the simplest and lowest maintenance way you can make your hair wavy. It’s also the least damaging to your hair because it does not require anyheat styling tools or much product. Simply wash your hair and towel dry until damp. Spray your hair with volume/texture spray or beach waves spray. For big overall volume and large waves, french braid your hair while it’s still damp. For smaller waves, loosely braid your hair into three to four inch sections (you should have about 5 braids depending on how thick your hair is). Use Blax snag-free hair elastics (www.HQHair.com, $3.00) elastics so they don’t leave an indent in your hair. Simply go to sleep and you’ll have bouncy waves in the morning!


Curling iron

Wash your hair and spray volumizer or texturizing spray all over your hair. Start by blowdrying your hair with a round brush until it’s completely dry. Hold the barrel of the curling iron vertically and wrap two-inch section of our hair around the barrel. Hold and release. Make sure you are NOT clamping the hair, wrap the hair sections until your entire head is done. Use your fingers to brush it out a bit to make it look a bit messy. You can go over the ends again to make them more defined but wavy hair looks best undone! Finish with a light spritz of light hold hairspray.


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