After I posted my all-white ensemble on Monday, I received a bunch of emails from my readers asking me how I achieved my "beachy-waves" look, and I decided to do a quick tutorial. First thing first, what you need to know about my hair is, that it's always been impossibly straight, They say that we always want what we can't have, and it must be true, because all I ever wanted was to have a beautiful wavy hair (Veronica Lake, anyone?). Fat chance! If I had to pick my biggest hair enemy, it would definitely be the curling iron. I don't know how many of them I tried in my life but I have never found one that actually worked for me. I was able to spend hours curling my hair, almost dislodging my shoulder articulations (have I mentioned that my hair is also impossibly thick?), only to see my hair fall stright again only an hour after I finished. Impossible, I tell you.
I've all but given up on the idea of rocking wavy hair, when I discovered the simplest and the most effective little trick: sleeping with braided hair. If you, like me, have the hardest time curling your hair, you should definitely give it a try:
1. Wash your hair in the evening and let it air dry a little bit (it should still be a little damp when you braid it).
2. Spary Bumble and Bumble's Surf spray all over your hair (it adds more structure and it'll help set the waves).
3. Divide your hair in two (it's up to you whether you choose middle or side part, it works perfectly both ways) and secure one half with an elastic.
4. Now comes the trickier part: grab a thin lock of hair at the crown and start a French braid. When it's finished, secure it with another elastic, and move to the second half of your hair. Do the same thing.
5. All fine? No disjointed shoulders? Perfect :) Now is the time to relax after all the hard work, and sleep on it (literally).
6. All you need to do next morning is unbraid your hair, run your fingers through your new waves, spritz them with a good dose of hairspray (L'Oréal's Elnett is my all-time favorite), and enjoy all the compliments you will receive!
There's no need to say that after I discovered this amazing technique, I tossed all the curling irons away and never looked back! Let me know in your comments (or on Facebook) if you tried this before and what was your results (don't hesitate to join a picture!) Happy braiding!