It is not just Victoria Secret Angels that can achieve that perfect, soft, and messy I-woke-up-like-this beachy waves. You could do it too. Wavy hair has been in trend since the past 3 years and it looks like it is here to stay. All the fashionistas ranging from Gigi, Kendall, Bella to the other Kar-Jenners have clearly perfected it. Now it is your turn to rock that tousled wavy hair look.
However, it is not always easy to use styling tools especially if you’ve no practice, to begin with. You might need some or a lot of help achieving those gorgeous tumbles of waves and that’s what we’re here for. We put together a few easy ways to use different styling tools to get different types of waves that we uncovered from the depths of the internet so you could have it all in one place. You can finally get your dream hairstyle – it might not be that difficult after all.
1. Can a straightener be used for waves?
Out of all the styling tools, a straightener is by far the easiest to use. It doesn’t involve the annoying twist and pull situation. Grab a heat protectant spray and spritz it all over the lengths of your hair. This will protect as well as add a little shine and hold to your hair. It is encouraged to first practice with the iron switched off, so you get the hang of it. This method is a lot like wrapping your hair around a curling iron.
In a similar fashion, put the flat iron at your root. Wrap it around the front and pull it through the plates from the back. Then clip or close the straightener and slide it through. It is an extremely easy process and shouldn’t take more than 3-5 seconds to get one wave. This way you can avoid cramping your hand with all that twisting as well.
2. Effortless Wavy Curls
This is especially fitting for those of you who have shoulder-length hair a lob or a bob. It is that perfect loose waves that look like you put in no effort to get. Again, start with some heat protectant of your choice and brush it out to distribute the product all over your hair. A tip for your waves to stay longer is to spritz some hairspray before styling itself.
Use a curling wand about with a 25 mm sized barrel. Grab small to medium sections and wrap the hair outwards and inwards alternatively to get maximum volume. While wrapping the hair leave about 5 cm from the bottom to achieve that tousled look. Let the wand do its thing for about 10 to 15 seconds and there you have it – the perfect way to get wavy hair effortlessly.
3. The OG Curling Iron
A curling iron or a clip wand has been around for longer than a normal curling iron. People tend to think a wand is quicker and easier to make hair wavy but we’re here to bust that myth. A curling iron leaves no space uncurled. Jen Atkin, the goddess that she is brought these back in trend and we’re here for it. Section off your hair. Grab medium-sized pieces, clip the tool into it and twist and pull all the way to the end so no part remains straight. Basically, pull your hair out and slowly twist it in.
Let it sit for about 5 seconds and then unravel it by slowly opening the clip and pulling the iron out. The end stays till the last second thereby perfectly curling inwards. This will give you a more put together flatter look instead of big bouncy waves but trust us – it looks just as good.
4. Heatless Waves for the win
Now that we’ve covered all the basic curling tools, if you still couldn’t find a method that works, we assure you that these heatless ways to make hair wavy will thrill you. Here are some of the easiest ones.
- Headband technique: This is used to get natural and effortless looking wavy hair overnight using no heat and just a hairband. Start with slightly damp hair as it is difficult to get wavy hair with dry hair. However, don’t wet your hair too much because once you tie it up the chance of drying are exceptionally low. The headband should be a couple of inches thick so you can get those big bouncy waves. Put it around your head. Split your hair into two separate sections down the middle. Take one side and start twisting it and then tuck it around the headband. Pull the rest out from under and repeat the entire process until the whole section wraps around the headband. Do the same on the other side. If you just do it before you go to sleep, you will wake up with the waves of your dreams.
- Braiding to make hair wavy: This is the easiest method – just spritz some water on your hair and braid it. Sleep on it and you will get messy loose waves. The more defined you want your waves to be, the more the number of braids you should make on your hair. A cult classic is sleeping with a French braid. This might take some time to learn but once you perfect it, it gives you the best kind of waves without absolutely any heat.
- Socks wrap up: This method came from a Victoria’s Secret Angel herself. Take a sock and wrap your hair around it like a curling barrel. Once you are done wrapping the whole section, roll the sock to the top and knot it. You might need a lot of socks, but the result is worth it. You will get voluminous waves, much like a salon blow out. It looks gorgeous on anyone and we urge you to try this one.
This was our guide to make hair wavy. Wavy hair is beautiful and to die for. It looks like you put in no effort, but we all know beauty is pain. But hopefully, through this guide, we’ve made you realise it is not as daunting as it looks or sounds.