6.13.2012

How To: Inspired by Nicole Richie's Loose Boho Beach Hair


Every basic beachy waves tutorial states,
"Just scrunch hair with sea salt spray & you're done!"

Um, not exactly.
What if your hair is super stick straight? You can scrunch for ages and nothing will happen. Not anymore! All you need is around 2-5 minutes and a great flat iron. Yes! Create loose, boho beach hair like Nicole Richie's:
pics via pinterest

Here's the flat iron I used, courtesy of FlatIronExperts.com:
F E A T U R E S:
  • Slim and extra-long 1”  x 4½” plates allow you to get close to the roots
  • Advanced ceramic heater provides high heat up to 430°F 
  • Remote temperature control unit with LCD display situated along power cord frees the iron handle from accidental activation and reduces the weight of the iron.
  • Surround heat offers endless styling options. Create shiny curls, waves or straight hair with the same iron
  • Nano-silver sanitizes the hair and reduces friction for gentle styling
  • Silver nano-technology purifies & protects hair for a silky, shiny, healthy finish
  • Professional 360° swivel cord to prevent tangling
  • Universal voltage for worldwide use
  • One year limited warranty
  • $149


M E T H O D:

  • Plug in your flat iron, which straightens hair wonderfully as well, and spray hair with a heat protectant. I like how the temp box is not attached to the iron, but to the cord. I didn't have to worry about accidentally turning it off/down.
  • Divide hair in half.
  • Make 2 braids. Note: if your hair is really thick, make 4 braids.
  • Optional: To create a better-holding curl, twist the braid.
  • To apply heat to the braid, go around the braid with the flat iron, from top to bottom. 
  • Don't clamp, as that will give you a crimpy look, you want heat on all sides, and there's the chance of plate marks on your hair.
  • Go over the braid a few times.
  • Repeat on other braid(s).
go all around the braid, all the way down, repeat 3xs
Make sure your flat iron has curved edges, like the Zazen
  • Once braids have cooled, undo them, run your fingers through, and THEN use your favorite beachy waves spray. I love this Not Your Mother's Beach Babe.
  • Other options? Try a flexible hold (spray & play) hair spray, a spray gel, or maybe hair wax/pomade/texturizer to define pieces.
this stuff smells amazing, aka coconut anything smells amazing

I wanted really loose beach hair, 
so I only did about half of my hair.
And I had just worked out. 
Maybe not the best time for a tutorial?
Noted.






Hair tutorial requests? Lemme know, below!

36 comments:

  1. I wish sea salt & scrunch was it! I fight with my hair every summer to get "effortless" waves. I'll have to give this a try.

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  2. That is pretty fantastic. My hair is getting super long so I'm trying to figure out all these different things to do with it - you know whose blog I go to for that!

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  3. as always, not for my short hair, but I still like reading your tutorials and tips & tricks.. and planning to let my hair grow at least medium size.. see if that ever happens..

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  4. I love that braid-and-heat idea! Totally doing that!

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  5. I tried that on my leg hair and now I can't leave the house.

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  6. omg thank you for this awesome tutorial!! i've always wondered how people get those wonderful waves because mine always come out too tight *runs upstairs to plug flat iron in*

    btw, what does the beachy waves spray do? is that a kind of hair spray?

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  7. Brilliant idea! I must try this. My hair is pretty wavy when left to it's own devices, but I bet the braids + heat could help me control it just a bit more/keep it more uniform. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  9. I love this idea. I have never thought about braiding and then using a flat iron, I'm trying this method this weekend! Thank you :)
    -Krystle

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  10. You're too hard on yourself - your hair looks great! Love the tutorial. :)

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  11. you're a hair genius. genius I say!

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  12. looks good! I love her hair, and that's a great tutorial!

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  13. Flat ironing a twist braid is something I never would have thought to do! A great flat iron definitely makes all the difference. It takes forever to straighten hair without a good one.

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  14. You are brilliant, girl! I would never ever think to flat iron a braid. Genius! :) xoxo

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  15. This is a great tip!! Your hair looks fab!

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  16. Amazing! I never thought of braiding hair and the flat iron it!

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  17. I'll have to give this a shot once my hair gets longer, thanks!

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  18. I always throw wet hair into braids when I want a little texture! And boy do I hate when the suggestion for beachy waves is scrunching!

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  19. I agree with you on the coconut smell being amazing!!! lol I love this tutorial and I will be trying it. I'll let you know how it came out :)

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  20. What a great tip! I have super straight hair. I'm going to braid it and get out my flat iron. We'll see what happens!

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  21. Thanks for this great tip, but everyone in my family has super wavy hair...we wish our hair was straight naturally!
    xo
    Sharon

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  22. i love my nym beach babe sea salt spray! but you're right, you can't just spray and scrunch. i actually have to go through the process of braiding my hair to get beachy waves, but no problem, the result is always worth it anyway. ;)

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  23. i love boho looks, and this is awesome. love your hair, e! :)

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

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  24. Cute! Great tips too! I have naturally curly hair so I can't exactly create the loose curls because my hair gets bigger and bigger on curly hair days.

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  25. I've always wanted to know how to get those loose beachy waves. Straightening over braids is genius.

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  26. I started using the surf hair pomade by garner and it's working really well... And it's really cheap!

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  27. i had never thought or heard to braid hair first- SO trying this!

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  28. Great idea! I usually use a curling iron, and wrap sections of hair around it, but it takes forever. I'll try this and see if I get the same results in less time, thanks!
    xo Jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  29. I love doing this to my hair. it's amazing how well it works!

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  32. Love this! I tried just twisting my hair and then flat ironing it and it didn't work for me. Next time I'll try the braid then twist method!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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