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With any new haircut comes the fun (and sometimes, struggle) of finding and learning different ways to style it. As I’m still working through how to style my new lob with my natural, stick-straight locks, I’m finding that loose, textured beach waves are becoming my go-to look for everyday.
Since my hair is naturally straight, using the right combination of products before and after I plan to curl my hair is key. The new John Frieda Beach Blonde collection has been a game-changer for achieving those Pinterest-worthy effortless waves. Not only do all the products smell like you’re on a beach vacation, they will work for any hair color (not just blondes!) and texture, and let’s face it – if the collection is good enough for Lauren Conrad’s enviable hair, then it’s good enough for us.
Before we jump into the tutorial, here’s what you’ll need:
John Frieda Beach Blonde products – shampoo, conditioner and sea salt spray
1 1/4″ curling iron
Large hair clip
Dry shampoo (optional)
1. If you’re like me and have a hard time getting your hair to hold a curl, this style will typically work best on second-day hair. So, the night before, I washed and conditioned my hair with the John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner. Ingredients in both these products help give your hair, regardless of the color, texture to prep them for piecey, but touchable waves.
I let my hair air dry to reduce the amount of heat styling, and then I use some dry shampoo at my roots to soak up any excess oil and to give my hair a little bit more grip.
2. Start by sectioning off the top and bottom layers of your hair. Depending on how long, thick and/or layered your hair is, you may have to do more than two sections – this is just what works for me personally.
3. Take a pretty large section – approximately 1″ to the same size as the curling iron – and curl your hair away from your face (the clamp should be facing the front, and you should twist the iron backward). BE SURE TO LEAVE THE ENDS OUT OF THE CLAMP! Curling the ends of your hair will make the ‘do look too polished – the curl should be focused in the middle of the strand of hair with the ends left your natural texture. Hold for no more than 10-15 seconds, and release. Any section(s) of hair in front of your ear should be curled this way.
4. Once you reach the section(s) of hair behind your ear, you want to start alternating the direction of curls so they don’t all blend together. I always start the first curl of this section going toward my face – clamp should be in the back, and you should twist the iron toward your face. Again, hold for no more than 15 seconds and release.
5. Continue to alternate directions of the curls until the entire bottom layer of your hair is curled.
6. Now, it’s time for the top section, and guess what? Continue the same curl pattern! Curl hair in front of the ears away from the face and anything after that alternate directions. You can hold the hair in the curling iron just a tad longer to ensure extra staying power, but I don’t recommend doing so for any longer than 30 seconds. Don’t forget to keep those ends out!
7. Once you’ve finished curling your entire head, don’t freak out if you look like Shirley Temple – we’re going to remedy that right now! Grab your John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, and apply a generous amount throughout your hair – be sure to lift up sections of hair to get the hidden sections, and you even can flip your head upside down to ensure that all the hair underneath is getting the product.
From there, go ahead and mess up your hair! Yes, you read that correctly – use your fingers and hands to massage the sea salt spray into your scalp, shake the curls out, and fluff everything out.
8. Finish the style with a light-hold, flexible hairspray, and you’re now ready to hit the beach with loose, textured beachy waves!
Having short(er) hair has definitely had it’s challenges the past few weeks, but I’m glad to be able to easily throw my hair into this effortless style no matter the occasion.