Loose Waves Tutorial

OK! This video has been a long time coming.  Even before I wanted to blog, I thought about making it! I used to spend hours teaching all my clients and friends how to curl with a flat iron.  This is by far my favorite way to curl for a number of reasons.  First, my curls just last way longer.  Ever since I became best friends with dry shampoo, I have been able to only wash my hair a couple times a week (the thought of it used to gross me out, but now I’m proud haha) think of all the time and damage I save my poor hair! Get this, I never redo my curls!  With a flat iron they last me four days easy.  When I curl my hair with a curling iron, I’m lucky to get two days.  Disclaimer: I do sleep with my hair above my head, draped over my pillow if that makes sense.  So, it doesn’t get smashed while I sleep, which probably helps!

Second, I can curl faster!  I’m just going to be honest and tell you it will take a LOT of practice and probably be pretty frustrating to learn.  It will click one day, though, and all of the sudden you will be a curling machine! I can usually do my whole head in less than ten minutes.  That’s a win for me! Takes me 30-45 with a curling iron.

Third, I only have to bring one thing on trips with me! Ha ok, that’s mostly me being lazy. It is nice, though!

Fourth, it is customizable.  If you want tighter curls, twist the iron more.  If you want them looser, twist less.  You can curl toward your face, away from your face, in your face, on top of your face….you get the idea 🙂  I used my iron for clients that just wanted loose waves, as well as my brides that wanted tight curls to last all day!

Fifth, I just like it.

I also really like the two products I use in the video! I honestly don’t think I could live without Smooth and Seal.  I’m not even sure how it is so great, but it is!  It’s basically a light spray that transforms your hair from dull to shiny, soft, and beautiful. It doesn’t have any hold to it, so it won’t help your curls stay in, but it will help your hair stay frizz free.  It also won’t protect your hair against heat damage (I have some other magical products that will, though, so I’ll get to work on a post about that)  Its awesome, I use it everyday no matter what I’m doing!   The second product is my favorite hairspray.  Its by Pravana and I love it because it doesn’t build up on my hair, but has great hold!

So! If you want to watch the tutorial, you can find it HERE

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you would like to see from me in the future!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Loose Waves

Loose waves are my go-to hairstyle because they make a great base for other styles, and they are so easy to wear.  Even in bad weather or if it is windy outside! Just looks like you meant for them to be all crazy.  With the right techniques, also, my curls will last for days!  I am still on the hunt for a thermal curling spray that isn’t crunchy or sticky, yet actually holds curls, but I have yet to find one I like.  I’ll keep you posted if I do! For now, I use Smooth and Seal by Sexy Hair to prep my hair before curling.  That product has my heart.  I’m obsessed.  Next, I start from the bottom of my hair and section off about a third of it.  Clip the top hair out of the way so you have clean sections. Once you have curled the bottom section, let down another one and clip the rest out of the way.  The cleaner you can make your sections, the better.  Then you won’t miss any hair and have straight pieces all over.  More than any product or technique I have used, curling my hair with a flat iron is hands down my favorite method.  It gives me control over how curly or loose I want it, as well as holding my curl longest.  Just a warning, if you haven’t curled with a flat iron before, it’s going to take practice! Keep trying, you will get better and faster.  I can now curl my hair in 1/3 of the time it used to take me with a curling iron. I’m working on a video for flat iron curls so you can see how I do mine. I’m still learning about video editing and all that jazz, so it takes me a while to make one, but I’ll get it up as soon as I can.  In the meantime, play around with it, and check out these products if you want! Once I have my hair curled how I want, I hairspray and use Flip it Over spray wax to create separation.  Don’t use very much! It will ruin everything.  Just a little here and there at the very end.  Good luck!

Also, I love the details on this top from The Rambler Boutique, check them out!

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For Those Beachy Days

We love spending time at the lake! Of course, a Hawaiian beach would be my first choice, but we don’t have those in Idaho. So a lake it is! My hair takes a long time to dry, so I usually try to avoid getting it wet.  Turns out that is impossible when you practice AcroYoga with your husband on a paddle board haha. Yeah I got drenched.  In salt water, my hair gets a lot of texture and I can usually coax a little wave out of it, but without that salt, I just get the flat wet dog look.  Sounds amazing, right? No. Thankfully, I have a hair product from the KMS Hair Play line called sea salt spray.  It brings the salty beach texture right to you.  I spray this on my hair as it dries and it helps me get more texture and movement into my limp locks.  One tip I’ll tell you that I do is avoid brushing your hair with anything, including your fingers.  It feels uncomfortable sometimes, like you have giant knots all over your head, but it looks way better I promise.  The exception to this is if you have a lot of natural texture already built in (lucky) and brushing your hair out doesn’t cause it to flatten out.  Spray it in, scrunch a lot, and don’t run your fingers through it.  Once it is mostly dry, I like to spray in some wax to add even more texture.  My favorite spray wax, going on five years now, is flip it over by Sexy Hair. I also use this after I curl my hair to add separation.  Just like the name says, flip your head over and lightly spray it over your hair, then scrunch again.  Don’t use too much or you will be a sticky mess and might as well head back into the lake to start over ha

Enjoy!

Swimsuit coverup from Nordstrom Rack

Photos by the amazing and beautiful BreAna Thomas

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