Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Makeover: How to Make Stick-Straight Hair Wavy

Katie asked how I get my hair wavy.  I naturally have stick-straight hair and getting any curl can be a nightmare.  I used to use a ton of hair spray but hated the stiff feeling that it left. When I had longer hair I used a thicker curling iron to get big waves, but with short hair I didn't like the way it looked.  Using a straightener gives me that I-just-woke-up-and-my-hair-is-naturally-this-great look.  Below are simple steps to allow you to create the same look.

1.  Take a small section of hair:  the smaller amount of hair the tighter the wave.
2.  Rotate straightener 180 degrees:  I roll my straightener backwards because I prefer a wave curling away from my face, rather than towards it. Think Farrah Fawcett.
3. Rotate another 180 degrees making one full turn:  this is what will create the wave so try to keep the straightener level and close to the scalp as you move on to the next step.
4.  Pull the straightener out:  Depending on the speed of which you pull, you'll either get a ringlet type of curl or a wave.  I prefer the wave so I pull quickly.
5. Repeat!  The great part about using a straightener is if you don't like the curl, you can straighten it and try again.

See the finished product here, here, and here.  The outfit featured in this how-to is featured here.

P.S. Whatever Blogger has been doing the last couple days is affecting my blog. I've lost a few posts and some other functions aren't working properly so I apologize if the formatting and comments aren't working!!


Katie said...

Love this! Thank you so much for sharing - I'm going to have to give this a try! I own a waving iron but it's sometimes a pain in the butt to plug it in when I am already using my hair dryer and straightner to begin with, you know?

Image Envy said...

Add to the fact that there are probably only 2 electrical outlets in your bathroom! Let me know how it works out for you!

Image Envy said...

Add to the fact that there are probably only 2 electrical outlets in your bathroom! Let me know how it works out for you!

Mrs Bossa said...

Looks lovely! I have the opposite problem - naturally wavy hair that won't straighten. You'd think that'd be a boon, wouldn't you? But no. If I want lovely waves I have to blowdry it straight, and then curl it again. It's madness, I tell you!

Image Envy said...

But your curls are gorgeous!!

Alyson said...

Wow, VERY cool! I've tried this and haven't had the same pretty look but maybe it's time to test again. Thanks for the tutorial.
alyson ---

Pink Sun Drops said...

I'm finally mastering this the tiniest bit. I still feel like my hair comes out more messy, than wavy, but oh well.

Found you from EBEW!

Image Envy said...

@Pink Sun Drops - that's the great part about the style though, messy looks great! I'm glad you found me!

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