4.27.2012

How To: Messy Beachy Waves


No-heat waves are great because they look natural. But they take forever to create...usually overnight! Waves with heat are great because they can be created quickly, but they usually look a little too polished. I decided to marry the two ideas into beachy waves that look a little messy, natural, and can be created in minutes! Here's how to:

Instead of spraying on wet hair, 
spray Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves (last seen here) on dry hair.
Scrunch hair. 
Your hair won't really be wavy--that's fine--it's just to give some texture.

Take 1 in. to 2 in. sections,
and wrap around a curling wand.
My curling wand is 1.5 in.
Hold for about 5-10 seconds,
leaving space between hair 
& the barrel, 
as pictured.

Repeat all over hair
and gently loosen waves with fingers.
Spray and scrunch again if desired.

T I P S :
  • Always use a heat protectant before applying heat.
  • To keep the look messy, don't brush out sections before wrapping. Just grab random sections of various sizes, and wrap hair around the barrel.
  • Add a flower behind your ear (real or not) as a finishing touch.
  • Don't use homemade salt spray--see my homemade salt recipe here--it just doesn't work the same!
  • Need 10 ideas for waves? Try my no-heat beachy waves guide & my waves-with-heat guide.


PS: HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY 
TO MY BABY SISTER, HOLLY!!
ily.



48 comments:

  1. Awww, now how gorgeous do YOU look, Elle?! A-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!

    EXCELLENT tips :)

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  2. Cute! I just tried my own no-heat waves look last night/today, on my way over to look at your ideas!

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  3. Beautiful, I'm taking notes on all your wavy hair styles!

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  4. I have pretty curly hair naturally, so I don't generally use a curling iron. But I love using a spray on dry hair to revitalize my hair for the second day after washing it. Works like a charm!

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  5. O Elle, how I needed this! I love the wavy look, but my hair is ever so straight. I will definitely give this a go!

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  6. yours turned out really great, thanks for sharing!! Sadly my hair is not long enough to do this too, it ends up looking frizzy :(


    http://www.mythriftychic.com

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  7. so, so, so pretty, I wish my hair didn't get nappy when I let it go natural..

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  8. you and your beautiful hair!! so nice :)

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  9. Beachy waves are everywhere these days... and just when I am craving straight hair :-)

    I like the way your hair looks in the shot! I might try that next time I am craving relaxed beachy waves!

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  10. Beachy waves are my favourite. I need a to get my hands on a good curling iron!

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  11. Love the look. Really some wonderful tips.

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  12. Looks fabulous! I love your tips too.

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  13. I'm obsessed with this look - you have the beachy wave hair down girl! Love it!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  14. They really look stunning on you!...super beachy looking.

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  15. Cute! I may have to try this one time when I straighten my hair. My hair is naturally curly, but I love the wavy look so much. I just looks so relaxed and carefree!

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  16. You look so pretty!!! I love beach hair. I have naturally curly hair and I love how it looks at the beach but I'd love to be able to recreate that look in the city. Going to give this a shot. :)

    Happy Friday, sweetie! xoxo

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  17. I was thinking about doing this style last night. Thanks for the tip!

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  18. LOVE this hairstyle! There is something about beachy waves that I can never resist - trying this out myself! :)

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  19. What a pretty look! Your hair looks great!

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  20. Hi there, I am over from Tina's mingle! I like your blog! And this hair-tip. I have long hair, but am not good at being creative with it. I love curls but I don't make them too often. Will have to try this, it looks amazing on you :) I also read another of your posts about how to make curls with no heat, great great tips! Have a lovely weekend!

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  21. I've been wanted to try out this hairstyle for ages now - and finally I find a simple-to-achieve way of doing it thanks to you :)
    You look so pretty!

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  22. I love this look...especially with the flower. So fun for the summer :)

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  23. Happy bday to your sis:) And love that flower-on-hair look for sure!

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  24. Gorgeous! I have naturally curly so I have big curls when I let my hair air dry. But for beach waves I typically need heat. I will try this method.

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  25. Your hair looks lovely and yes, heat protectant is a must!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  26. Sweet! I just got that Garnier wave spray and I have a wand that I've yet to try. Think i'm going to follow your tips on this one!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  27. You are super cute. And just made me realize I need a new curling iron.

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  28. Love this how to, I will use it this summer, my hair is getting longer now! Yay! You look so pretty!

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  29. Your hair is so beautiful. I wish I had hair like yours.

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  30. Love your hair! this post made me miss my long hair since I just cut it short very short... Maybe I can do it in one year when it grows long.

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  31. oooh definitely going to try this!

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  32. Doll, this tutorial is PERFECT. What an easy, breezy style for spring!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  33. Good idea! I always love the beach hair. And as a blonde, my hair gets a few shades brighter from the sun, so that makes it a lot more beachy as well

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

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  34. I love this hairstyle on you! I don't have to do much to get beachy waves in my hair -- it does it on its own!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  35. wish i could make it work this well on my hair!
    i'll try with your tips!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  36. Love it! Your hair looks so pretty. And happy belated bday to your baby sister!!!

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  37. You have such beautiful, long hair! I always struggle with my partially wavy/partially straight hair - can't wait to try this out :) xox

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  38. i love messy beachy waves! thanks for this how-to guide, i'll be trying out this technique! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  39. I love this! I'm going to get some of this ASAP. I saw on a blog too that someone made their own spray that had actual salt in it. I thought that would be great too, because I love how my hair is after it's come out of the ocean. Most people feel their is gross after a dip in the ocean but I love it the way mine looks and feels!

    Thanks for the product tip.

    Shauna

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  40. great to know! my hair is curly but I can never seen to get it to curl right!

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  41. great to know! my hair is curly but I can never seen to get it to curl right!

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