Beachy waves! via Lucky Mag & Cupcakes and Cashmere blog

I have naturally wavy hair but I straighten it, mainly because the waves never really do what I want them to do and end up looking frizzy and out of control.  I’m sort of tired of the straight look at the moment – with winter upon us it seems especially drab.  I’ve seen a lot of posts on Pinterest with lovely wavy hair that looks like you just came home from the beach – minus the sand in your hair.

I’ve tried a couple different ways to do this.  You can use a straightener (believe it or not) or a curling iron.  I’ve also tried braiding my hair when it was still wet but that just gives me the 80’s crimping iron look.  What worked best for me is a 1 inch barrel curling iron.  You can do one of two things.  You can actually twirl the hair around the closed iron (without grabbing the hair in the tongs first) or you can grab the hair in the tongs and curl it avoiding the ends.  The key is to avoid the ends of your hair (about 1-2 inches from the bottom) so it doesn’t look too “finished.”  You can see in the pictures below that I don’t completely wrap it all the way to the end, I just hold the last inch or so straight.

This took about the same amount of time as straightening my hair but I liked the result and it made a nice change from my usual straight hair.  Check out this tutorial here Cupcakes and Cashmere blog, it’s the easiest one I’ve found so far.  The method I chose was to manually wrap the hair around the curling iron barrel without “clipping” it first.

You can get looser, beachy waves by manually wrapping hair around the barrel of a 1 inch curling iron.

I tried it and like how it turned out.  I will mention that it takes some getting used to not to burn your fingers when you are wrapping the hair around the iron.  Since I was more used to pinching the hair in the tongs the traditional way, it took some getting used to. But the traditional way gives you a different look – a more ringlet look with finished ends, which isn’t what I was after.

I’ve also seen these (below) at Target – the Conair Infiniti You Curl curling iron and I’m tempted to try it (it also comes with a heat safe glove I’ve noticed, so I can avoid burning my fingers).  It may be easier to use, and it doesn’t have the clip which you don’t need anyway, and may make for a smoother wrap.  Has anyone tried it? I’d be interested to see how it works.

Conair You Curl "Clipless" curling iron.

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  1. My cousin just got one of the “clipless” curling irons for Christmas. I’ve watched her use it on her sister, her hair, and even mine. It works great!

  2. I have the Remington Pearl curling wand and I love it. I feel like it doesn’t over heat my hair and fry my ends like a straightner would. Plus I have a ton of hair to work with and the wand takes no time at all. It only takes about 3-8 seconds held on the wand (depending on how much hair you use at one time) to get some killer curls! You can really change up the curl sizes with the amount of hair, temp of the wand, and the time you hold it on the wand. For about $30 it is definitely a great buy!

  3. I have thick, impossibly long hair and I can give myself beach waves in ten minutes with the wand. It is my favorite hair tool.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I have thick naturally wavy hair. I used a 1 inch curling iron similar to yours. I’ve been trying to get Taylor Swift -like beach waves for some time, but they end up looking like the Shirley Temple look. Hope to try this trick soon. I have to either curl it or straighten it otherwise it looks frizzy or dull. Thanks again!