HEATLESS BEACH WAVES FOR MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR
Hello lovely! If you have shorter or medium hair like me, you may have been struggling to find the perfect method to curl your hair without using heat. There seem to be many options out there for long haired girls, like using a headband to tuck the hair around and leave overnight, sleeping with braids or buns, you name it. Not quite as much works on short hair though…. Those of us with barely any length below the neck (or sometimes jawline) need to find a solution that will give us that curl or wave evenly throughout the hair, without leaving dents or kinks where we don’t want them!
A top knot won’t work (even if you do manage to gather all of your hair in a high pony) because there is not enough length on the pony. You’ll just end up denting your hair in some places while it stays straight otherwise. A loose braid is also out of the question.
So what is the best way to achieve heatless beach waves in medium hair?
In my opinion making rope braid pigtails (twisted pigtails) on damp hair is by far the best option to achieve the desired effortless look of beach waves. You can also go with french braids or dutch braids, but I find that those will give it too much of a crimped hair feel instead of the looser wave you’ll want. Especially if you want to sleep in your pigtails, you can’t braid shorter hair too loosely because it will fall apart over night. If you have very little time in the morning after the shower, you can also opt for doing this on wet hair and running out the door with a cute hairstyle 😉 Once it dries you can take it out and enjoy gorgeous beach waves!
Best way to achieve heatless beach waves
- Work with either wet or damp hair after washing it. I find damp hair a bit easier to work with, plus the hair will dry quicker. Make a mid parting and divide your hair in two sections.
- Take a small triangular section at the top from your forehead to the parting and divide into two strands.
- Cross the strands away from your face placing the lower one over the top one.
- Add additional sections to both strands (from the hairline and from the parting) and cross over again.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 all the way down, then do the same on the other side. Tie both braids with a rubber elastic. It has to be tight enough to not slip off, but make sure you don’t tie it too tight. Remember, your hair is more fragile while wet and you might damage your ends. Plus, you’ll want to avoid getting dents at the ends of your hair.
TIP: When you get down and have no more hair to add to the strands, before crossing them over each other and twisting them together, try twisting each strand separately in the opposite direction of how you’re crossing them over. This will ensure that they will not fall apart.
You can do this before going to sleep and take them out the next morning. If you have more time during the day before you have to leave the house, you can wash your hair and wait until it’s almost dry and do the twisted pigtails then. Take them out after your hair has had a chance to dry. You can always use this time to do your makeup and eat breakfast 😉
If you’re worried you might not have time for your hair to dry completely by itself, put some heat protectant in your hair prior to twisting and give the pigtails a quick little blow dry towards the end (it still beats a full blow dry in terms of keeping you hair healthier), let your hair cool down and then take the twists out.
Now you only have to run your fingers through your hair, shake it out a bit, spray a mist of sea salt spray (my favourite is this Bumble and bumble surf spray) over it, crunch it a bit and finish with some hairspray! 🙂 Yay, you’re done! 🙂
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Remember, proper hair care equals happy hair and beautiful hairstyles! See you next time lovely!
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