Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beauty: Beachy waves for desperately straight hair

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 straight 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!


  1. Wonderful!! Great tips/ tutorial. I have naturally curly/ beach waves hair, so I'm more in the search for how to tame a wild hair tips, or something :D :D

  2. Interesting post ! i muswt try this B&B spray

  3. lovely idea dear, they are very nice! xoxo

  4. French braids are definitely a rocket science for me. I just can't do it, hehe, and since my hair is so long my hands just get tired :D
    my hair is wavy anyway but I love braids, so you should consider teaching how to make French braids ;)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  5. I SWEAR BY the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray..I've been using it for years and absolutely love it during the summer.


  6. I will have to try bumble + bumble spray and my hair is the opposite--wavy that I fight to straighten so maybe I'll just go with what comes naturally. Your hair looks gorgeous like that too!

  7. My hair gets too kinky with braids... =/ Although I do a low bun (sometimes high) with damp hair, no hair tie and hair pins (not bobby pins). That's the best option for me! I love B&B!!!

  8. So cute! My hair is thick and super straight too! I just chopped it all off so I can't really do this right now but once it's grown out I'm trying for sure :) Perfect summer hair!

  9. Eeek, your hair is so pretty indeed! I really would like to try this--I like that you don't need to use a blow dryer or anything so your hair won't get damaged. :D Ideal mermaid hair right here!

  10. you're so beautiful in that first pic!!!
    i also have a long straight hair and i also often curl it!!
    unfortuantely i don't know how to braid so its really hard for me :(

    anyway, this is great tips!!! and you did it well you really look great!!

    take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

  11. This is awesome! Thanks for the how-to. My hair is pretty much a frizz ball all the time, so I'm definitely going to try this technique out!

  12. Love the hair ^^ and esp. because you tell us how to do it :D

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  13. I have also had success with putting my hair in a sock bun overnight.

  14. awesome tips, if only I could french braid! Its so so hard.

  15. such a wonderful diy!!! totally gonna try this :D

  16. i'm absolutely in love with these beachy waves. you look great, girl!
    xo TJ

  17. First of all you're so lucky that your hair is straight! Every one in my family dreams they had straight hair! But your wavy hair looks awesome too!

  18. Such a good idea! I have straight hair but sometimes would like to switch it up to something a bit more wavy. I've also heard of spraying the hair with hairspray, fixing it in braids and then taking a flatiron to the braids, spray with hairspray and then take out the braids. It might also work!

  19. I love your hair!! Be lucky with straight hair...wavy/curly hair can be a nightmare to control and it never comes out how you want it each day. You look beautiful :) xx

  20. This is such a good idea I'm so going to try this as I have really straight hair and it never stays curly/wavy! xo

  21. This looks so pretty. I do that when I wash my hair before I go to bed and dont want to dry my hair.
    xo, Petra

  22. If only I could French bradi! My hair is hopelessly straight :)


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