Ok, I’m pretty sure we all agree that 99% of life is better when it’s warm outside. The 1% that’s not is the first, oh say, hour of the first snow fall. And now that it’s finally above freezing, I have one more thing to add to my list of why life is better when it’s warm out. And margarita season has nothing to do with it. I promise. It’s all about the hair and the fact that I am able to walk outside with a wet head and not fear that my strands will freeze and break off. My 5 minute make up routine is now suddenly rivaled by my 2 minute hair routine. Blow dryers be gone, it’s time to go au natural. Well, with the help of some products of course.
Ok, first thing’s first. A lot of friends tell me that they can’t get “good waves” or “good curls” so they throw it up on a pony or spend 45 minutes blow drying and flat ironing. I’ve been wearing my hair naturally wavy for years and have learned a few do’s and don’ts to get that soft beach wave look. If you swear that your hair really doesn’t have any wave in it, I have a trick for that too. It does require a bit more time, but I am convinced that almost anyone can achieve that beachy look. Tutorial on this to come.
If your hair has the potential to curl or wave, these tips should work for you.
Do’s and Don’ts for Soft Beach Waves
Do – After washing and conditioning your hair, comb your hair in the shower before getting out. I recommend using the tangle teezer or a wide tooth comb.
Don’t comb your hair after you’ve towel dried your hair. The tugging will pull your hair straight and the potential for curls will be lost.
Do – Gently towel dry your hair by squeezing excess water. Do your best to keep your waves in tact.
Don’t rub the towel on your hair. This will break your curls apart and cause frizziness.
Do – Immediately after towel drying, apply some sort of anti-frizz serum from about the ears to the tips. Again, do this gently with the palms of your hands and don’t allow your fingertips to break apart the curls.
Don’t apply to the roots because serum can make them look greasy.
Do – After the serum, apply some sort of curl or wave product. If it’s a cream or foam, rub it together in your palms and then gently cup the tips of your hair and squeeze working your way from the bottom to the top. If it’s a spray, spray sections liberally and scrunch as you go. Look for a product that says “soft curls” or “beach waves” – other curl products may be too stiff and make your hair crunchy or give a “wet curl” look.
Don’t use your fingertips to pull the product through your hair. Again, this will pull out the curls.
Another tip for the not-so-curly crew:
Do – Help your curls out by twisting a few that tend to dry straight. I usually twist a few around my face and sporadically around the back of my head. You can do this step after product is in your hair but before it’s dry. I always twist away from my face.
Allow your hair to dry without touching it. When it’s 95% dry I do a “flip and snap” to give it volume, especially in the root area that tends to stick to your head when air drying.
Sometimes the hair that frames your face dries straight no matter what you try. Play around with pulling those pieces back with a bobby pin or clip to show of the curls underneath.
And that’s it. Fool around with it and find products that work for your hair, then grab your fedora (thanks for the suggestions on Facebook!), and head for the beach!….. Or, um, make that a playdate at the playground. Both are equally as fun, right? 😉
Here are a few of my favorite products: