How to Get: Messy Waves

I've had a few questions on how I style my hair day to day so I put together a basic tutorial. I prefer messy, wavy curls. I've never been a fan of perfect spiral curls on myself. I like how this looks the next day too when the curls turn into waves.

  1. Start with clean, dry hair. In this case I let my hair air dry and didn't add any product when it was wet. If your hair doesn't curl well, I would add your favorite styling product before you dry it. 
  2. Spray texturizing spray all over your hair. Make sure you get it thru all of the layers. Once you spray all of your hair, let it dry for a few minutes. 
  3. Section off your hair into layers. I have thick hair so I do about 3 layers per side. Take the section closest to your face (about an inch or less if you have thick hair) and curl it around the curling rod away from your face. Don't curl the last inch of hair at the ends. Take the next section and curl it towards your face. Repeat curling away and towards your face as you curl the entire layer. 
  4. Repeat on each layer of hair. Keep switching between curling towards your face and away from your face. 
  5. Let all of the curls cool. They will look very Shirley Temple like at this point but it is important to let your hair curl completely!
  6. Brush out your curls with a flat paddle brush. My hair curls really well so I can brush it out pretty aggressively. Start by lightly brushing and you'll learn what your curls can take.
  7. Once you've "messed up" the curls by brushing, run your fingers thru your hair. Then pick a few sections and define the curls again by twirling them around my finger. If you want more grip to your hair, you can spray more texturizing spray. Play around with the curls until they are the level of "messy" that you want. Then, if you need it, spray a light layer of a flexible hairspray
  8. All done!
Tips: Play around with the thickness of each section you curl and the length of time you curl it. You can get different levels of volume and waves. If you want more volume at the roots make sure you curl closer to the root.

Kara Krittenbrink

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