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Giving yourself wavy hair can be an easy, fuss-free hairstyle to pull off and can be relatively quick to achieve. We've pulled together some top tips from our hairdressers to create wavy looks that might be just what you’re looking for!
One of the easiest wavy hairstyles to achieve is a beachy waved hair look - think Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush. It's a deliberately messy hairstyle, so there's no need to aim for perfection.
If your hair is naturally fairly straight, you might find that something as simple as putting it in a bun while it's wet and running your fingers through it when it's dried could create a super easy beachy waves look. If you don't have time to wash your hair or your hair could do with a little help, try using some sea salt spray.
Simply spritz it onto your hair and scrunch with your hands for the easiest beachy waves you can imagine.
If you want to achieve more regular waves without using heat, or your hair needs a little more help, try using braids to wave your hair. Allow your hair to dry naturally until it's just damp, then braid into plaits to create perfectly regular wavy hair.
You can play around with the size of your braids to find the right look for you - too big and chunky, and you'll lose definition in the waves. Too small, and you'll find your hair looks more crimped than wavy.
When your hair is totally dry, loosen the braids to see the effect. To set the look and keep your curls looking fabulous, lightly spray with your favourite hairspray as soon as they're loose, and separate gently with your fingers rather than using a brush.
Of course, the quickest, easiest and sleekest way to create waves is by using your heat styling tools. If your hair tends to be a little frizzy, you might find that using straighteners first to tame your mane helps achieve a smoother final look - just don't get rid of all your volume!
We always, always strongly advice using heat protection on your no matter what it is you’re doing, as human hairs never expected to meet the kinds of temperatures we subject them to. Heat protectants allow you to safely style to your heart’s content!
Although there are lots of products on the market to create waves using heat, you can also use your straighteners to create waves. Some of the most common techniques include braiding your hair, then clamping each section in the hot iron (a quicker option than letting it dry in braids) and clamping 's' shaped sections of hair in your irons to create waves.
However you choose to wave your hair, it's a good idea to use some products to set the style when you're finished - whether it's your favourite hairspray, a volumising spray or something to add a little texture.
We always offer advice free of charge and invite you to come in for a cup of tea and a tour across our salons in London, Sevenoaks, Horsham, Tunbridge Wells, Marlow and Verbier. To find out how and why we reinvented hairdressing, click here.