Hairstyle DIY: No-Heat Waves

How to Get Waves If Your Hair is Stick Straight

Instead of fussing with a million hot tools and products every day, working with your natural texture could make your life so much easier. Here’s how to get waves with a quick braid and just one texturizing product.

Both on the runways and on Instagram, hairstyles that work with natural texture reign supreme. Whether it’s hairstyles for long hair or cropped cuts, enhancing curls and texture instead of fighting it with hot tools is not only an easier way to style your hair, but it’s totally on-trend, too. If you’ve ever left your hair untouched after swimming in the ocean, you know the look – perfectly imperfect, messy beach waves, thanks to the salt and a breezy air dry. But if your hair is pin-straight and you’re not sure how to get waves or that beach-y texture without a flat iron or a curling wand, there’s a super easy solution. With just a few braids and one, salt-infused, alcohol-free spray, you can get that perfectly undone texture while you sleep. Find out how you can enhance your natural texture and give yourself a hairstyle that’s beautifully messy with our step-by-step guide and expert tips from L’Oréal Paris Canada Hair Artist & Expert Brennen Demelo.

Steps for Prepping Hair:

Step 1: Wash or just wet hair, towel it dry slightly, and then let it air dry until it’s damp. Spray it generously throughout with L’Oréal Paris Stylista #BeachWaves Texturizing Mist, tousling your hair to work the product through. Its salt infusion will add texture to each strand, and since it’s alcohol-free, it won’t dry out your waves or leave them looking frizzy.

Step 2: Depending on how thick your hair is, separate it into at least three sections (two at the front and one at the back) and loosely clip or tie them to keep them separated.

Steps for Braiding Hair:

Step 1: Loosely braid all of the sections of your hair, starting as close to the root as possible and leaving about half an inch at the bottom. Secure each braid with an elastic, and loosen them a little more if they feel too tight. Expert tip: when you’re braiding the hair around your face, start your braid with the strand closest to your face and braid it inwards.

Step 2: Secure the two braids closest to your face into a low pony, and allow your hair to dry overnight. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is a great way to ensure your hair doesn’t rip or pull through the night.

Steps for Finishing Your Hairstyle:

Step 1: Gently start removing your braids, working from the back to the front. If the waves look too tight, brush through them with a comb to soften them. Reapply L’Oréal Paris Stylista #BeachWaves Texturizing Mist to your strands as you take out each braid, and after you brush your hair if you’re trying to loosen the waves.

if you want even more texture, and set it with a little hairspray if you want a stronger hold.

Now that you’ve figured out how to get waves with just a few, simple steps, get ready to live an easier life when it comes to your hair. Even if you want to throw it up into a ponytail or a top knot, having that extra texture through your hair will enhance that look, too. Regardless of how you choose to complete your hairstyle, you’ll never struggle with hot tools to get the perfect wave again.

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