If you’ve been on Instagram or Pinterest in the last few years, chances are you’ve seen the perfect wavy hair. Yes, it’s the perfect wavy hair that I’ve been lusting after. Back in January I had my hair cut for the first time in months, and I had layers cut that were “weightless” rather than more traditional. Meaning, they are there, but because I’ve had them thinned out quite a bit, you don’t seen an obvious line. Perfect for postpartum hair loss I thought. And also for getting the look of those waves I’ve been really yearning for!
Since that hair cut I’ve perfected curling my hair with a curling iron to get a very pretty look, but it isn’t that perfect wavy bend that I want. Yes, that’s right, I don’t really want a curl. I want a bend. And it is really hard to get the perfect bend, unless you’re a celeb hair stylist.
I’ve found a way to get the look I’ve wanted, and it is because of the Kardashians. I know, I know. But those girls have some amazing hair! And they teamed up with Chi/Farouk to create their line, so you know they had some amazing help. And it turns out that this is basically foolproof.
To get the look, this is as much about hair prep with products as it is about using the right heat tool.
I start with damp hair. I apply a bit of the Black Seed Dry Oil, which will smooth frizz and protect my hair from heat damage while styling. I also spray the Surf Shake Spray throughout. I’ve found that the added texture from a salt spray helps my hair to hold curl much longer. Then I dry my hair straight.
Once my hair is dry (left), you can see that my hair still is a bit frizzy at the ends. A big part of this look working is to have ends that are smoothed. So, I start using the 3 in 1 tool as a flat iron. I just grab random sections and am not very obsessive about it. I smooth the entire hair shaft on the upper layers of my hair, but just concentrate on the ends for the lower layers.
After my hair has been flat ironed, it is time to start waving/bending! Though, I have to say that the flat iron part of this tool worked really quickly and my hair required less heat than usual (only 380 instead of 400).
Here’s where the secret is. The 3 in 1 tool has plates on the outside that heat up to work like a curling wand. Except that it isn’t really a curling wand. It’s oval, and there’s a spot where the 2 sides meet without a heated plate. So, not all of your hair gets heated. The result is that instead of an even, perfect curl, you get a bend. A bend.
I section my hair using a clip (these Croc Clips are my favorite), and then start curling! I use randomly sized sections of hair, and wrap it around the outside of the 3 in 1. I sometimes curl toward my face (as seen in this look) and sometimes away from my face. The point is to have random waves/bends, and varying the size and direction helps a lot. I always curl away from my face right next to it, the results are prettier that way.
When wrapping my hair, I generally leave a few inches free at the roots, and I don’t wrap the last inch or two of my hair. While the hair is touching the iron, I don’t have it wrapped very tightly. I hold this curl for about 8 to 10 seconds before gently releasing. While I’m holding my hair onto the iron, I twist the iron slowly, just rotating it about 1/4 turn in either direction.
The result is a bit random, and while slightly curled, it really is the perfect wavy bend instead of an actual curl! To keep it in place all day I spray it with the hair spray and scrunch it up just a tiny bit as the spray is drying.
One of my favorite things about this hairstyle is that it can last for a few days and easily survives even super windy days (check out this picture after I’d been out running errands in 30 mph winds). To revive this hair, a few drops of the hair oil are all that I need! I also add a bit of dry shampoo at my roots for second day hair, it takes care of any greasy areas and adds volume without looking powdery or white.
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