Reinventing our hair is one of two experiences: It’s either the perfect change we were looking for or it’s an emotional decision we were prepared for but at the same time weren’t ready for. Regardless of how you look at it, it’s always fun to experiment with your hair at some point, even if it’s trying a new hair style or technique.
One big fashion statement we can look forward to this upcoming season is waves. Luckily I’ve been blessed with the perfect wavy hair so I don’t have to put much effort into this hairstyle, but because I have fairly thin hair I lose most of the fullness by the end of the day. Those with really thick or pin straight hair can also relate to this struggle.
Don’t worry, I have some techniques that will work for almost any type of hair!
- Use a T-Shirt!
Instead of using a towel to dry your hair use a shirt. It helps eliminate frizz and keeps your hair feeling smooth. Squeeze most of the water out of your hair and use a spray if you’re into it, then wrap your hair in the shirt and wait a bit. It’s bound to help keep some beachy waves to your luscious locks.
2. Change directions with whatever heating tool you’d like
If you use a curling wand or a straightening iron try curling your hair in different directions per piece. All it does is add some messy structure to your hair where it still looks well put together but still a little crazy too. To get a more modern look use a straightener to the bottom of your tips so it’s not too curly. This works great if you have thin straight hair, but be sure to do multiple layers around your scalp for a fuller illusion.
3. Do The 6-Step Protection Plan
This will take a bit of time, but it will be so worth it. Follow these steps by Riccardo Maggiore from Riccardo Maggiore Salons in NYC.
- Distribute a head protectant and apply mousse or styling lotion throughout your hair.
- Braid your hair.
- Spray hairspray or a texturizer to the braid/braids.
- Run your straightener over all braids (if you have multiple).
- Use more hairspray.
- Take the braid out and shape the waves with your fingertips with a texturizing hair spray.
I told you it will take some time but the more you do it the faster you’ll become.
4. Sleep with wet hair and braids
If I specifically want to ensure I get nice waves I always, always use this hack! Prepare your hair with some mousse or styling lotion (you can do this with wet or dry hair if you’d like). Put your hair in a braid or in multiple (I find 3 helps it look thicker). In the morning you can either use a straightener over the braids or undo them and shape braids with texturizing or styling lotion.
5. Make a ton of mini Princess Lea buns and heat dry
With this one, you have to be very careful with not doing them too small or too tight because you will turn out looking like Richard Simmons. It happened to me and I was traumatized for life, this is no joke. With wet hair take sections and create mini buns all over your head, either sleep with them in or blow dry your hair and take them out. Again, make sure your buns aren’t as tight as you think they need to be.
Creating the perfect Pinterest wave is very difficult but it is definitely achievable. You just need to figure out what works best for your hair type. Sometimes multiple techniques wrapped in one can help, or re-trying the same technique to master it. Don’t get too frustrated if your hair doesn’t want to cooperate, try something else to help alter it and you should be fine.