I love big loose waves … You know the kind you see on Victoria Secret models but you know they had a hair stylist spending lots of time doing their hair to make it look that way? … Yah, I think those are gorgeous! The thing is … when it comes to my generally unmanageable hair which I have to spend so much time on just to make it look half decent, I usually don’t want to spend any extra time on it just to add some bouncy waves … Even though I love them so much! Usually by the time I finish blow drying my hair to get a smooth finish, I don’t feel like spending extra time to use a curling iron or hair straightener to add curls or waves too … which means I end up with plain old straight hair! … That was until I discovered this technique! With this technique I get the big bouncy loose waves while I’m blow-drying my hair and it just takes a couple of extra minutes to do!
Before beginning, prep your hair as you normally would when you blow-dry it. (I use these products to tame my frizz and protect my hair.)
WHAT YOU NEED: Some hair clips (to section your hair), A medium sized round barrel brush, a blow-dryer, hairspray (preferably one that has a ‘flexible hold’), and a paddle brush (flat brush).
Start by sectioning your hair as you normally would. I usually pin the top half of my hair up and start by blow-drying sections from the bottom half.
STEP 1) When blow-drying each section of your hair, start by placing your brush under the section of hair and blow drying it from the roots to halfway or three-quarters of the way down the section … This is to build some volume … DO NOT dry the ends of the hair yet.
(Please excuse the wire going across these pictures … it was the only way I could position the camera!)
STEP 2: Once the roots of that section are dry place the brush on the top of the section and continue to blow dry from the centre of the section down, stopping before the ends … again DO NOT blow dry the ends yet and try not to let that portion of the section get completely dry yet … Basically, do this step until the hair is smooth but before it is completely dry. (Tip: For this step it helps to hold the brush vertically like I am in the picture below.)
STEP 3: As the section becomes smooth and almost dry continue to let your brush go down to the ends, BUT (This is where the trick begins.), rather than blow drying your ends as you normally would, roll the ends of your hair upwards around the brush as you continue to blow-dry it until you get halfway to the top of your hair. At this point hold the hairdryer there for a couple of seconds while the air warms it.
STEP 4: This is the step when the curl will be formed. Begin to unroll the hair making sure to spin the brush as you work your way back down. As you get closer to the ends move the brush so that you are holding it vertically and continue to spin the brush allowing your hair to be released into a twist. (You can see what I mean in the pictures below.) Do this until the twist of hair is completely released from the brush.
STEP 5: As soon as it is released from the brush, grab the twist of hair in the palm of your hand and hold it close to your head, while you spray it with some hairspray … This will help to set it. After you spray it hold it for another second and release it. Let it fall and do NOT touch it (ie. Don’t run your fingers through it, brush it, or comb it.) until you finish doing the rest of your hair.
Repeat the above 5 steps on all the sections of your hair. When you’re finished with all the sections, your hair will end up looking something like this …
Isn’t it gorgeous?! … psych .. Just kidding!! Don’t worry this is NOT the end result!
Last but not least, gently run your paddle brush and/or your fingers through your hair to smooth out the waves and your done!
This is what the end result should look like.
Tip: At this point you might want to give your hair one last spray of hairspray to help it hold the shape.
Here’s a quick little time lapse video that my super tech savvy hubby created for me, just in case you want to get the ‘gist’ of how I did the rest of my hair.
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