For the whole summer now, I’ve been trying to master the ever-so-effortless, relaxed wavy look–a la Hannah, my favorite Liar on PLL–on my recently-chopped (well, sixish weeks ago), shoulder-length haircut.
I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!
I’m not trying to become the next YouTube beauty star or anything (though believe me, I have needed those girls to get me through this new hairstyle!), but for those interested, here are the tools that helped me out:
- The Yogi Hair Wand: snagged mine in “Zebra” for just $20 from Marshall’s! The curl I get from this holds a lot longer than what I get from my old cheap curling iron, even without hairspray (I just use the surf wax mentioned below), which is saying a lot because usually my hair does not take to curling well.
- This hair tutorial on how to use the wand: the trick for relaxed, beachy waves is only holding the hair around the curler for 5 seconds or so. When I hold it for 10 seconds, it’s a much tighter curl and a different look. I like most of this girl’s tips, but I think she should also mention to make sure that the wand always starts behind the section of hair you’re curling (that’s how it curls “away” from your face).
- Fructis Surf Wax: bought it on sale for like $3 from Target before I knew if it would work or not. I like that it’s not super sticky (kind of more like the consistency of custard), holds the waves but doesn’t weigh down my hair or give it a crispy look. I just rub some on my fingertips and run it through the curls layer by layer (I usually section my hair into three, and apply the wax to each layer as I finish it).
Like I said, it took me a while to get this look down, but FINALLY I have my PLL hair and it doesn’t take me the whole morning to achieve! I’ve found that if I do tighter curls for going out at night, the next morning I wake up and they’re much more relaxed (basically what I wanted them to look like the night before :P). I also have an idea to speed up curling time but still get loose, piecy-looking waves by curling larger sections of hair for 10-12 seconds each, pulling the larger-sized wavy sections apart into smaller sections, and applying wax to hold together these smaller sections. Only experimentation will tell!