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12 June 2012

Tutorial | Effortless, Heatless Waves!

In my experience, people with curly hair always complain about their hair not staying straight and find it hard to maintain their curls whilst people with straight hair always complain about their hair not staying curly and the lack of volume and variation they have going on with their locks. It's a never-ending battle, however, I'm on the straight-haired side. My hair is naturally poker-pin straight, no matter how much I scrunch it after the shower, apply masses of curl-holding, volumising products, I still get the flat-ironed effect (if I'm lucky, a slight tousled wave). However, after re-searching online I've discovered a way to get voluminous, flowing, beachy waves without the frazzling properties of a curling iron which actually last all day with a bit of hairspray. Result!

So first of all, I washed my hair with Aussie's Aussome Volume Shampoo and Conditioner to make sure my hair received it's maximum body potential. I then spritzed in some of Aussie's Luscious Long Leave-in Conditioner Spray to moisturise the ends of my hair. Applying Mousse is optional, however I always find mousse gives a horrible residue in my hair and leaves it feeling heavier than usual. My chosen mousse would be VO5's Extra Body Styling Mousse. This tutorial works best with damp hair so I let my hair air dry for an hour or so to make sure my hair wasn't dripping wet for when I went to bed (so, excuse the penguin pyjamas in the following photos!).

 Depending on the desired effect, sections of hair can be taken as little as 1 inch sections, but I decided to make my sections a little thicker. Also, if your hair is thick, I would recommend splitting your hair in half at the crown to ensure you cover the whole of your head; it won't be as difficult to grab sections of hair that way. Here I'm simply twisting and twiddling a section of my hair around my finger to achieve the above.

Next, I took the section of hair and pinned it to the top of my head with kirby grips. When you pull the curl to the top of your head, it will ravel round into this twisted effect which gives the soft, tousled wave we are aiming for. This was my first attempt at trying the technique, but I found the second time, pinning the pieces to the very top of my head as well as adding a few more kirby grips down the curl prevented them falling out whilst I slept and was a lot more comfortable to sleep on top of.

And here is the finished result in the morning! I deliberately didn't brush my hair after I showered because I love the messy, effortless waves this technique gave my hair. With a little squirt of hairspray, I was ready to go out for the day. This hairstyle is also perfect second day as I pulled my hair up into a high ponytail which was full of voluminous waves.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and share any tips on how to achieve waves without battling with heat tools.

Say bye-bye to flat, straight tresses!


  1. What a great idea, I usually either french braid my hair or just do a normal braid when my hairs damp to get waves, but I think I'll give this a try, it came out really pretty on your hair!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog :)

    1. No problem! :) I find french braiding gives a different effect, whilst this is more of a ringlet technique. Glad it helped you!


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