part II: the how to.
I get asked a lot about how I do my hair. I have varying techniques that I use depending upon the look I want or what I'm wearing. Sometimes I like loose, soft waves, other times I like polished curls. In the summer, I tend to lean toward a full, messy beach wave look that works with NY's humid days.
In Part I of this post from last week I talked about the products I love when trying to achieve this look. Starting with a great base to your hair is so important, so using the right products can make or break your style. I always have argan oil in my hair to help condition, moisturize and protect it from the heat.
This particular style works best on dirty hair that hasn't been washed for a day or so. If needed, you can spray some dry shampoo on the roots and massage into scalp to help create texture.
I use a curling wand when I want to get that beachy look, and I almost always use a glove. I suggest you use a glove until you get used to the process. My method has you actually grabbing the hot wand so the glove is key.
Step 2: I only hold the hair on the iron for about 5-7 seconds. I wrap my hand around the wand with my hair on it. (this is where the glove comes in!) I move the wand back and forth for 2 seconds or so to make sure the curl is heated through. Then I grab the curl with my hand and pull the wand out. I hold the curl in my hand for another 5 seconds. (the longer you hold the curl and allow it to cool the better the waves will stay.
Step 3: I continue this around my whole head. Section by section. I always curl the hair away from my face and I vary the size of the pieces that I use around the wand. Once I've finished curling, I run my fingers through the curls gently to break them up. Then I spray them lightly with seasalt spray and scrunch. I do this in place of hairspray, but you could follow with hairspray if you feel you need it.
Step 4: I take individual pieces and twist them around my fingers to define them.
Let me know if you give this a shot!
Thanks so much for reading!