Babes Dig Style DIY: Beach Babe Waves
Sure, life’s a beach, but doing your hair doesn’t have to be! With this easy step-by-step guide, I’m going to give you three ways to get wavy hair, worthy of a bronzed beach goddess.
I have broken down each style for ease-factor, so you can decide what will work best with your hair type, as well as how much time you want to dedicate to your saltwater inspired waves.
While you’re taming your summer tresses, why not listen to the BDB Music Mix: Top 5 Beach Boys Songs about Surfing for motivation?!
Style #1 – The Smooth & Styled Surfer
Requires: +45min, depending on hair length
What You’ll Need:
Curling Iron – at least a 1″ barrel
Step 1: towel-dry hair from the shower, and proceed to blow dry
Step 2: lightly mist hair with hairspray, to add texture to dry hair
Step 3: divide your hair into easy-to-work-with sections of hair, using hair clips
Step 4: gently wrap 1″ sections of hair around your curling iron – keep in mind, beach ahir is more loose and wavy, so do not clamp your hair in a ringlet around your curling iron. Hold the wand in one hand, and use your free hand to wrap the hair loosely around the curling iron. Repeat, with multiple sections, but change direction of the curl; if you wrap your hair clockwise, or to the right on one section, wrap the hair counter-clockwise, or to the left on the next. Doing this will make the hair look less styled, and more natural. Repeat until hair is entirely waved.
Step 5: flip hair upside-down, and put your blow dryer on a low, cool setting, gently waving it through your hair, to further tousle the wave
Step 6: flip back, and gently spritz hair with hairspray, to keep your wave in place. Use a flexible-hold hairspray, so that your waves will gradually loosen throughout the day, for a more natural look.
Step 7: optional – for a more voluminous or messy look, use your teasing comb to lift waves, add “tangles”, or add further texture€
Style #2 – The Boarder with Bed-Head
Requires: 30min preptime, and a good night’s sleep
What You’ll Need:
Volumizing Hair Product (Mousse)
Texturizing Hair Product (Mattifying Powder)
Hair Ties, or an old, cut-up t shirt
Step 1: add volumizing mousse to clean, towel-dried hair
Step 2: gather hair in 1″ sections, and wrap hair ties or t-shirt ties around hair
Step 3: go to bed
Step 4: wake up, and untie hair – you’ll notice that where you let your hair air-dry with the hair ties or t shirt ties, you have created a kink, or wave
Step 5: add texturizing hair product to your waves, such as mattifying powder at your roots, for more movement and lift
Step 6: flip hair upside-down, and put your blow dryer on a low, cool setting, gently waving it through your hair, to further tousle the wave
Step 7: flip back, and gently spritz hair with hairspray, to keep your wave in place.
Step 8: optional – for a more voluminous or messy look, use your teasing comb to lift waves, add “tangles”, or add further texture
Style #3 – The Au Naturale Surf-Spray Style
Requires: a trip to the Dollar Store, 10min preptime for solution, and air-dry time for hairstyle
What You’ll Need:
1 Spray Bottle
1 Cup Hot Water (not boiling)
2 Tablespoons Ebsom Salt
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon of your Favourite Conditioner
Step 1: add salt to hot water in spray bottle, and shake vigorously, ensuring the mixture is saturated. The use of epsom salt is important; many salt-water hair sprays use sea salt, however epsom salt dries out the natural oils of the hair far less, and is less of a crunchy, weighted texture.
Step 2: when salt-water solution has been mixed, add a tablespoon of your favorite conditioner, and shake. This will keep essential oils in your hair, and will also add to the scent of the solution when dried
Step 3: spray on towel-dried hair
Step 4: scrunch hair, giving it a tousled, messy look
Step 5: let waves air-dry, au naturale