Feel like trying a new style? Whether your hair is curly or straight, it’s easy to make waves using nothing more than a hairbrush and some patience. In this guide, we’ve teamed up with the style experts at www.hershesons.com to help you create wavy hair like a professional stylist.
Start with fresh, clean, and straightened hair
Before you start creating wavy hair, you’ll need to make sure that your hair is clean and straight. Wash your hair using shampoo and conditioner. Make sure your hair is perfectly clean – if you need to rinse and repeat, don’t hesitate.
Once your hair is clean, straighten it. If you have naturally straight hair, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If your hair is curly, use your straightening iron to make it straight and tidy.
If your hair is naturally straight, you can towel dry it to leave a little bit of moisture for creating long-lasting waves. If you’ve straightened it, try adding some leave-in conditioner to create a little bit of moisture.
Prepare your brush or comb and get to work. Your hair should be perfectly straight and nice and neat before you create any waves. Use your comb to remove any knots in your hair and bring it into an even, consistent pattern.
Use braids to create loose, wavy curls in your hair
Divide your hair into inch-thick sections, and create tight braids using each part. The size of your braids will determine the size of your waves – several small, tight braids will give you smaller waves, while a single plait will give you very loose waves.
For the best results, try 3-4 braids of a reasonable tightness. Make sure your braids aren’t too tight, as pulling your hair too tightly can damage it. If you feel discomfort, loosen your brands and start over again.
If your hair is still damp, dry it using your hairdryer. If it’s almost dry, you can let it dry naturally. You will need to leave your hair in braids for about six hours, so if you plan on going to sleep, make sure it’s dry before you get into bed.
After six or more hours have passed, untie your braids and enjoy natural waves that are sure to impress. Make sure you don’t comb or brush your hair at this point, as it will become frizzy and dry instead of loose and curly.
Your waves won’t last forever, but they can last longer with some basic care. Sleep with large curlers in your hair to create loose waves naturally, or top up using your curling iron for the perfect wavy look.