Catch a Wave

No, this isn’t a post about the vacation time I took this week (it was a staycation, and I’m too depressed that it’s ending to even think about it).

So, to cheer myself up, I decided to write a hair tutorial!

This one is very simple to do and creates an amped-up, volumized wavy look without a whole lot of steps. Best results are achieved on shoulder-length to long hair with some natural wave or body.

After showering, apply a leave-in conditioner to detangle (I love It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin). A blow-dry serum is also advisable to protect hair.

Wait until hair is about a quarter to halfway air dried, then blow it all the way dry with a paddle brush — I advise waiting a bit before blowing it out because I’m lazy and don’t want to stand there blow-drying my hair for that long, but also because you don’t want your hair dried stick-straight for this style.

When the hair is dry, pin the top layer back. Brush out the bottom layer, and, in 1- to 2-in. sections, wrap hair around a 1 1/4-in curling iron. I use this trusty Conair’s Double Ceramic iron because I’m pretty no-frills.

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When finished with the bottom layer, spritz it with hairspray. I use Tresemme Tres Two because, again, no frills.

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Unpin the top layer of hair, and brush that part. Curl this hair as you did the bottom, spritz it, and you should have one big sea of loose, wavy awesomeness! Here’s a photo from Maifest Chicago last month, where I sported this look (and a costume, to boot!).

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Whether you want to pump up your festival look, or just mix things up for a workday, catch some big waves this summer with this simple style.

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