There has always been something delightfully low-key yet glamorous about tousled beach waves, which is why they’re a great party-hair idea. Bonus: Beach waves are an easy way to turn second-day hair into one of the most coveted bridal hairstyles.
If your hair naturally hangs straight or has a slight wave, L’Oréal Paris Stylista #BeachWaves Texturizing Mist is your perfect partner for this party-hair look.
For envy-inducing waves, spritz the salt-water mist on damp hair before scrunching in an upward motion with your hands. You can then allow your hair to air-dry or blow-dry it with a diffuser to help coax out some extra texture. For serious va-va-volume, mist hair again once it’s dry and scrunch. This beach-wave spray is alcohol-free, so it won’t leave your strands feeling dry and stiff.
Curly-haired gals, please take note: You, too, can rock your own version of this tousled-party-hair look. So take pride in your natural kinks and coils and take advantage!
Curly hair is known for shrinking into its natural curl pattern once water or moisture hits it—the tighter the curl, the more shrinkage you will experience. The trick to rocking beach waves when you already have loads of natural texture is to try to loosen and elongate curls.
To give this style a successful whirl, saturate damp hair with L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Curls Defining Spray and then, using your fingers like a wide-tooth comb, rake it through from roots to ends. The goji extract-infused mist will help ensure humidity-resistant shine and bounce. Next, set your blow-dryer to a cool setting and proceed to blow-dry with a diffuser, making sure to gently place sections of curls into the bowl of the diffuser.
Once your hair is 80 to 90 percent dry, divvy it up into manageable sections, clipping each out of the way as you go. Braid each section with a light touch to create loose, flat plaits, and then gently spread your thumbs over the completed braids to loosen them even more. Reach for your blow-dryer again and heat the braids using a downward motion from scalp to ends. Allow your braids to cool before unravelling them, and then use your fingers again to rake through your newly formed curls with a downward-focused tension. Don’t be afraid to add a little extra tug; it will help elongate the curls even more!
And never underestimate the power of a good primer. Whether you’re working with naturally straight hair or a crown full of coils, both of these beach-wave methods call for heat. L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Blowdry Heat Protective Primer is enriched with nourishing grapeseed oil and shields hair from heat damage up to 230°C, so it helps to deliver bridal hairstyles that move and feel natural with a product-free finish.
Wedding Hairstyles 101: Try a new take on French-girl hair.
Parisian women have long set the bar for polished, simple elegance. Case in point: the classic chignon. For a fresh take on the staple French-girl bun, try a crisscross low bun. While it will look like a regular ol’ bun from the front, there’s an eye-catching surprise twist in the back. We recommend working with straighter hair to master this look, which means a straightening session may need to take place prior to styling depending on your hair type. If you’re using a flat iron, remember its hair-frying potential—which is why this prep step is a must, not a maybe. L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Sleek Smoothing Serum protects strands from heat damage up to 230°C.
For the bun, divide your hair into three sections. Make the two side sections even and give the centre more hair than the sides. Tie the middle part with an elastic to form a low pony and then twist it into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Take the left section and layer it over the top of the bun and then wrap it under and around your bun before fastening with bobby pins. Repeat with the right section and then secure the entire look with a strong-hold hairspray like L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.
Wedding Hairstyles 101: Try half-up, half-down cool-girl hairstyles.
Pinned-back bridal hairstyles can effortlessly amp up any hair type. All you need: a couple of bobby pins to help drape and fasten the hair strands closest to your forehead up and away from your face and a finishing hairspray. Short hair? Don’t care! If you’re rocking a cropped cut, work in L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Pixie Shaping Cream-Wax to help you sweep and shape short strands into place before pinning.