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?

Hair tutorial requests? Lemme know, below!


  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.

  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!

  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..

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

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

  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?

  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. :)


  8. 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 :)

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

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

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

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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 :)

  19. 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!

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

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


  23. 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.

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

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

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

  27. 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

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

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  30. 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


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