Monday, March 7, 2011

Easy hair tutorial: Waves

This post is coming super late coming, I know, but I wanted to share a simple way of achieving a wavy effect on your hair. The best part is that you don't need extra long hair to do this, if you can make a little bun, you're set. I've been doing this a lot lately, it's easy and saves my hair from the scorching heat of the curling iron I usually use.

To start: This style is best achieved with freshly washed hair. Blow dry your hair until almost completely dry.
(optional): I run a flat iron over my bangs and around the crown of my head to smooth flyaways. Work some smoothing creme into locks for shine and control. I like S Factor Smoothing Lusterizor.

This next step is a little dweeby, but I swear, it's worth it:
Separate your hair like you're going to make low pig tails, starting on one side, work some texturizing paste (I like Garnier Surf Hair) into ends and twist away from your face to make a tight bun. secure with a couple of bobby pins. Repeat on the other side.

Now keep yourself busy for about 30 minutes. If I were to do this on a work day, I would spend this time getting dressed and ready. But since it wasn't a work day for me, I made lunch, did some dishes, and recited Princess Leia monologues (when in Rome, right?).
When you feel as if your hair has percolated long enough (or you get antsy), take out the buns and shake it out. your hair may be a bit chunky, gently separate but don't comb it! Spritz with hair spray, and admire yourself.
What I'm wearing: Sweater: LOFT (swapped), T-Shirts: Madewell, Necklace c/o Noble Town Vintage

42 comments:

Marlena said...

I can't believe it's that easy, but I'll try it out anyone (I hope it is that easy haha).

PS holy crap your hair got long!

Erin said...

My hair would never look as great as this! I will have to try something similar and show you. :)

Rachel said...

Wow, that's so pretty! :D

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

love the waves! looks amazing and sounds soooo easy!!!

Aubrey said...

oh hey, you're hair is awesome! i can't wait til mine gets to that length. in the meantime, i'll have mini waves. :]

thanks for this!

Flora said...

Great tutorial! I do this a lot, but generally put my hair up in a kind of ballerina bun, sleepe with it and in the morning a have beautiful waves and lots of volume.

Sara said...

So weird that you posted this tonight, I did the same thing before dinner with my honey earlier. I have done the double twist buns that you have here but also find that the flipped ponytail loop thing from 4th grade done over and over until all the hair is flipped in works really well also and doesn't run the risk of one of the buns being tighter and more wavy than the other.

Alyson said...

I must try this. Usually though my hair gets very creasey because its so fine.

I also love the S Factor stuff. Does it still smell like strawberries and cream?

Liz said...

Aww, thanks, I'll try it one of these days

xoxo

Sarah said...

Oooo I like this idea!! I wonder if I can sleep in those buns and it will still work.. I'm probably so lazy about mornings I will try!

Krust said...

ditto, I wonder if I can sleep in those... Your hair is so amazing a long. It looks lovely in waves!

eleanor said...

I'm not even ashamed to admit... I used to do this with about ten little buns all over my head! Haha! My hair did end up looking quite pretty... your hair looks beautiful - I think I'm going to have to try this out again :)

Charmaine said...

I love the beachy look of waves. When ever I do it I put my hair in 2 french braids... it also looks kinda dorky.

Annie said...

Hi! I'm a newbie follower and just wanted to say I love your blog! I enjoy your writing style and especially your hair tutorials! I'll try doing mini buns on my hair since i just chopped it off!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Your hair is to kill for!!! :D
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Maria Maliki said...

awww pretty

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

You do look magnifique! Although I'm worried that with my shoulder length hair the waves might end up being somewhere around my ear, which I'm not sure is my best look...

Penny said...

i think when i release them from their buns, they ll look straighter than ever , i have this kind of almost magnetically drown to the earth hair- but i ll give it a shot :)

NewTownGirl said...

I'm just about to wash my hair - cannot wait to try this!

Alice
xoxo

Enya said...

u've got amazing hair :-) i have to try some of these!

amanda said...

Your waves look great! Getting those waves seems pretty easy, but what type of buns do you make?

I find that everyone makes their buns in a different way, and I'm a bit hair-challenged.

Erika of Style Activist said...

I do this to my hair all the time! C'est TRES magnifique.

Xo,
Erika

Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

woweee the hair looks amazing in photo number two. my hair kind of naturally dries this way! i used to hate it but i guess now i consider myself lucky hahaha

<3 steffy
steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

cb said...

i am going to have to try that! it looks great!a cup of jo had a really cute up do 3 messy buns...tried it last night and it was super cute and it would still give you waves too! i really LOVE having long hair :D

xo,
cb

FoofandFaff said...

LOVE your hair! I wanna try this, wish my hair would grow quicker! :)

Kuleigh said...

I do this almost every day but pin two buns to the back of my hair in a top and bottom section since my hair is more layered. It's fool proof and adds interest to my fine hair!

Amanda said...

First I have to say that I can never get my hair to become wavy without a curling iron. I tried this today and what do ya know? My hair was wavy! Thank you for posting this!

Jen said...

I saw this last night and tried it this morning. I love how my hair looks wavy instead of curly. It's still nothing compared to how yours turned out though :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so envious of your hair. Question: what do you do with it when you sleep? I too have lots of long hair and it seems to get super tangled/messy in my sleep no matter what (pony tail, braids, bun, etc). Is there a secret I'm missing?

- S

cakesandshakes said...

Thanks so much for posting, I was just wondering over on Esme and the Laneway's blog how Karen Elson got those fabulous waves without a frizzy fringe nightmare - this looks like a great, easy way to get wavy mermaid hair without hurting hair with tongs or sleeping in uncomfortable rollers.

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sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

Alright, I'm gonna test this one out. My hair usually just gets all kinky and crazy when I try stuff like this but I'll give it another go!

Cheryl McDonald said...

Blerg! I wish my hair was longer! I always get hair cutting urges but I am really trying to grow it out now! I love this look! Such a great and simple tutorial! <3 Gotta try it out and see if will work on a shorter length :)

Christine said...

WOW! I LOVE this look!
xoxo

rory said...

i see you also watched iwanted2c1video's tutorial of this hairstyle on youtube, orchid grey

Orchid Grey said...

actually I didn't see that video Rory, but thanks for pointing me in the direction of more hair inspiration!

Katie, Tinda Keelie said...

ha- i love the end of the directions: "admire yourself". I always do that!

This is my favorite kind of how-to: simple, easy, and with fabulous results!

Charity said...

I loved this idea - I tried it and blogged about my results at my blog: http://somedreamingtree.blogspot.com/. Thanks for the idea! It's so good to find alternatives to the dangerous curling iron.

Waagella said...

Giiiiiirl I do the same dorky process... but because I like my side bangs to wave up, too, I create what the boyf calls a "doughnut of doom" on the exact top of my head. I think fashiony people call it a "topknot." Whatever, it looks horrible on me but produces '40s bombshell waves... yes! :)

Jesse said...

so cute and low maintenance, the perfect combination:)

Mandi @ make it dear said...

i have linked to you here :)
http://makeitdear.blogspot.com/2011/04/tutoraialdiy-r-o-u-n-d-u-p.html

Claire said...

what a great tip. such great results for what appears to be, not too much effort. will definitely try it out.
thanks :)

Lauren Hairston said...

I thought I would leave you a message and tell you that I've done this several times now and it really helps tame my naturally-curly hair. And it's so simple! Thanks!

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