If you’re like me, you might get sick of your straight hair on occasion, and wish for the beautiful waves that are so popular with the celebrities right now. Wavy hair is difficult to achieve with most styling tools, and can consume large amounts of time as well. Even the highest quality styling tools because create tight curls and not the soft waves you desire. Also, using curling irons and other styling tools damages your hair, especially if you use these styling tools on a regular basis. But there is a simple method that can be used to create waves in your hair without the damaging effects of hair styling tools. All you need are a few hair binders, leave-in conditioner, hairspray and mousse.
1. Wash and shampoo your hair with your regular brand of shampoo.
2. Get the excess water out of your hair, either by running your hands through it and squeezing out water with your fingertips, or by wrapping your hair in a towel. Don’t rub the water out of your hair with the towel because this will cause breakage and frizz
.3. Apply a pea-sized amount f leave-in hair conditioner to your hair and use your fingers to work it in from the roots to the ends. Don’t use too much of this conditioner or your hair will end up looking greasy and flat. The leave-in conditioner should be a detangler-this way, you can get the snarls out of your hair. Don’t comb or brush out your hair, as this will only pull it straight.
4. Once you’ve put enough conditioner in your hair, apply hairspray to the roots and ends. The brand of hairspray does not matter-use whatever type of hairspray you are familiar and comfortable with. But use the hairspray sparingly-five or six “pumps” of the bottle should be more than enough.
5. Use a dab of mousse and work it through your hair evenly, as you did with the conditioner.
6. Part your hair the way you normally would when wearing it down. If you need to pin back bangs or loose hair, do so now.
7. Take the upper section of your hair, and gather at the crown of your head, as if you are putting your hair in a half pony. Twist the half pony tightly in one direction until all the hair is twisted into a tight coil. Then twist the coil around the base of the half pony into a small bun. Use an elastic band and hairpins to hold the bun in place.
8. Repeat Step 7 with the lower section of hair, this time gathering the hair at the top of your neck and again twisting into a coil and rolling the coil into a tight bun. Now you should have two buns in your hair-one at the crown of your hair and another a bit lower. Spray both buns with your hairspray-a few pumps for each bun is more than enough.
9. Leave your hair in the two buns as you go about your business. I like to twist my hair and secure it in the two coiled buns before bed, so that my hair is very wavy when I wake up in the morning. Some people find this uncomfortable to sleep on (not a problem for me, since I sleep on my side). But if you want to have your hair looking wavy for an evening event, you can put up your hair in the morning and work on things around the house during the day, and then take your hair out in the early evening.
10. After you take the elastic binders out of your hair, the waves might be on the stiff side. I like to flatten mine out a bit by working a dab of mousse through the waves after I have taken my hair down. Pulling my fingers through my new waves and teasing the hair a bit helps to diffuse them just enough so that they will look soft and not overly rigid.
And that’s all there is to it! Enjoy wearing your hair in waves!