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How I Achieve Big Beach Waves in 5 Minutes

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With fall leaves dropping left and right and all the PSLs in hand, thought I might show you how to warm up your look with bouncy beach waves year-round. And since I can’t live in short sundresses and bathing suits all 365 days, I’ll just let my big beach hair do the talking. What does your hair say about you? If there’s one statement I like to make all day, every day, it’s that I’m a confident and feminine woman, and my flirty waves speak this truth. I get asked often how I manage to do my hair routine on the daily with three young kids – and now it’s time to share my 5-minute everyday look and my favorite hair hacks!

How I Curl My Hair

Armed with my curling weapon of choice for the past 3.5 years, the Caruso Steam Setter, I am confident I will achieve big, flirtatious beach waves in 5 minutes. With the steam setter, I find that I don’t have to do any prep work to set my hair. With traditional curling irons, I used to have to prep my hair with leave-in conditioner before blowing dry and curling to achieve volume. The steam setter seems to hold my curls better and for longer, and causes less damage to your hair. A win-win, since I style my hair every day so the less stress (and product) on your strands the better, ya know?

Small, Medium, or Large? Goldilocks wants to know. Just kidding. Always go with the bigger sizes for beach curls. I use a Large roller for the three sections around the face, and Medium for the back sections.

Time to curl. Simply drop a roller into the steamer and heat for 10-15 seconds.

  • Clip up the top front section of your hair in a 1-1.5 inch chunk. Take the hot roller off the steam setter and twist your hair around it TOWARDS your face, making sure the very ends get tucked in all the way for a seamless look. I like to roll this top front section towards my face because it gives it a “tucked in” look around the ear.
  • Repeat with the two sections on each side of your face. For these sections, I like to curl it AWAY from the face, but this is a personal preference.
  • Curl the back sections down towards your head.

*Pro tip: Before you curl a section, make sure to drop in another roller into the steam setter to warm it up and get it ready for the next section.

Ready to unveil. As soon as all sections have been curled, remove each roller. Don’t leave in the rollers too long, or the curls will be too curly.

How I Finish

Transitioning to the dryness of the fall/winter months, I look for any way to add texture to give my hair that lived in, fresh-from-the-ocean look. So basically… don’t skip out on the texturizing spray after you curl. My favorite is the ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, which acts as an alternative to dry shampoo, absorbing oil and leaving you with just-styled hair for days. Together with the Caruso Steam Setter the pair adds big volume and texture for the most perfect, easy breezy beach curls.

Finger brush your hair, then seal it with Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Hairspray for everlasting hold.

And that, my friends, is how you achieve 5-minute beach waves. Et voila!

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loose sexy beach waves long asian hairpinthis



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  • megan - your hair looks fab!! I want to try that oribe texture spray!

    xo meganReplyCancel

  • Ashley DTKAustin - Such a great post babe! Your hair is always so flawless!ReplyCancel

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