Lately, I have gotten a few questions about how I curl my hair, so I thought that I would share a quick tutorial for my favorite loose waves with you all! For the past several years, I have began to curl my hair more and more. When I was younger I always straightened my already straight hair-I don’t think my early teen years were my brightest- so I had a lot of damage and broken hairs. As I have gotten a little older, I prefer to portray that I have thick, full and wavy hair [which I definitely do not have] so these loose waves are perfectly ideal!
I have always loved Lauren Conrad, and all of her fabulousness, including her hair styles! Her beauty is so effortless and timeless, which is priority for me. After many trials, errors, and bad years of hair, I think I have finally mastered a full, wavy hair look! This is my go to favorite look. I don’t have time to curl my hair everyday and to be honest, it’s not always that great for it, so I would say I do this about 3 times a week. On a good week, about 4-5 times!
The key to any good hairstyle is a good blow out and even better hairspray! This look is easy and generally pretty quick. Here is how to get these waves/curls:
Starting with a good blow out, I brush through my hair really well to ensure there aren’t any knots or tangles. I then take a the Kenra Thermal Styling Spray that all throughout my hair to make sure that I am protecting my hair from the heat! I’m very guilty of using way too much hairspray, but this thermal styling spray helps to protect my hair from the heat AND it helps my curls to hold, so I don’t have to use quite as much hairspray! Also, I like to give my hair a quick spray of hair spray all over.
Once my hair has been sprayed with the Thermal Styling Spray and is tangle free, I like to begin by dividing it into sections. Generally, I divide my hair into three sections- bottom, middle and top/crown. Once I have pulled down the bottom layer, I pin the rest of my hair up, on top of my head, to keep it out of the way. I brush through the bottom layer once again and begin to curl!
Before, and after, each curl I spray with a little hairspray [yes, I did mention I over spray! My hair just doesn’t hold curl well]. For the curling, I always curl away from my face. I have never been a fan of curling towards my face, I just don’t think it’s flattering on anyone! I use a 1 inch Hot Tools curling iron and wrap a 1 inch section of hair around the barrel of the curling iron. Using the clamp gives my hair an unwanted crease, as well as giving in a curlier appearance. For this look, we want summery waves, so in order to create those you want to wrap your hair around the barrel. Another thing that I always to do ensure my curls look more like waves, is to leave about 1 inch, or so, of hair at the end of the curl straight. having this little section of straight hair at the end helps to give the illusion of longer hair, and also helps to highlight different pieces of hair and give a messier look! I just love it [insert heart eye emoji’s here]! After you have curled your strand of hair, gently unwrap the hair from around the barrel of the curling iron and allow the curl to sit in the palm of your hand and cool before letting it go. Then add a little sprits of hairspray!
Complete step 3 throughout the strands on each layer of your hair. For a little extra volume, I always curl smaller sections of the top of my head and towards my face! After you have completed curling your entire head, I like to start teasing my hair. I tease around the crown of my head and around my part. If you still need a little more volume, you can hold the ends of your hair and gently backcomb a few different strands. I only do this when I am desperate for volume, because it can make your hair frizzy very easily. Lastly, I gently run my fingers through my hair to work through the curls a bit. Once, I get my hair in place, I like to give it one last spray with hairspray 😉
Like I said before, I do this to my hair multiple times of week! It is my go to hair style, as you can probably tell because I wear it in almost every post! I just love how effortless, natural and flirty these waves are. Generally they only take me 10-15 minutes tops! I also really love Kenra hair sprays and the Thermal Styling Spray. I have used them before and always turn to them. They are truly worth the investment!
If I could give you easy tips for creating loose waves they would be:
- Spray good with hairspray
- Wrap your hair around a 1 inch barrel (use a 1.25 or 1.5 if you hair is longer)
- Leave about 1 inch, or so, straight at the bottom
- Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls
- Teas your crown area and any spots that need a little extra volume
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