Beach Wave Essentials

tee by: coco & pine (etsy)

OK, so it’s not exactly beach weather yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock a beachy wave! 

I've been trying to show you all a beach wave tutorial, but unfortunately, my technology is NOT working like I want it to! (Basically, I take small sections of hair, about a 1/2 inch thick, and wrap the center of each section (halfway down) just once around the curling iron. Hold for 15 seconds, drop, and then wrap the bottom section that is still straight around once to create a soft little wave. Spritz with hairspray, move on to the next section. Easy peasy, ladies! (I swear, I will make the tutorial happen very soon!)

Here are the 3 Beach Wave Essentials I swear by to achieve the beach wave look in any season:

  1. Conair 1 ½ Inch Curling Iron – I cannot say enough good things about this curling iron. It is my most used hair tool (yes, including my blow-dryer, which I don't use more than once or twice a week, and mostly in winter!) Seriously, this curling iron is $13.99 (!) at Target and will last FOREVER. By forever I mean seriously like 5 years. It has a wide barrel which allows for very loose, un-done, effortless, beachy waves. I can't stress enough, you need a wide barrel curling iron for this look. I hardly ever use the clamp so they are not as "perfectly" curled, but it's there if you need it, which is a great option. Get it here, or at your local Target --> Conair 1 1/2 Inch Curling Iron
  2. Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray (Medium Finish) - I use this Moroccanoil hairspray above my beloved L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray primarily for the fact that it smells SO good, not going to lie. But, Elnett works just as well (get it here: L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray). Really though, the Moroccanoil holds just as well as the Elnett but doesn't leave your hair stiff, which is great. I'm all for a strong hold hairspray for the purpose of keeping my hair in tact, but I hate the sticky, crinkle in your fingers feeling of a strong hairspray that is reminiscent of my childhood dance days with tight french braids (no offense Mom, you did a great job), and 8 gallons of hairspray. I LOVE Moroccanoil products because they honestly work and you really get what you pay for.  I opt for the Medium Finish because I think it still gives a strong hold without being too heavy, which allows for the undone, beach wave look. Get it here Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray or at www.moroccanoil.com 
  3. A good brush for LIGHT texturizing to create volume - Honestly, I use my Wet-Brush for this! I know plenty of gals who opt for a true teasing brush (thin, single row of bristles), but for me, I like to cast a wider net with my "texturizing", as I like to call it, to create beachy, messy volume without teasing. So, you really need brush that you can use for light teasing to create volume. The key here is volume and texture, so I don't tease at my roots, I actually take the middle and ends of my hair and lightly back-comb to create some texture. Think about a day at the beach, or slept-in, day 2 hair. Some areas are thicker, some are thinner, some areas with a different texture than others. Back-combing certain sections lightly, not dramatically, will create a more natural look. Get the Wetbrush here, or use any old brush you've got!
Honestly, these 3 are the only thing you will need. I don't use a salt spritz, or a "beach wave" product, I really believe it's all about the manner in which you wave your hair and the texture you can create. Nothing really compares to the texture of REAL beach hair after a day in the salt water & sun, but this will have to do for now.

XOXO!

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