I have been straightening my hair since I was in my teens - whether it was with an actual flat iron or my mom's clothing iron and a towel - my hair has seen a lot of heat (I'm 29!). This summer I decided to give my hair a little break from heat and wear it naturally. I found the perfect combination of products to make my hair have those gorgeous natural beach waves with no frizz (there's a trick, keep reading!) and thought I'd share it online for others to try.
I am not sure if it makes a difference to my waves, but my holy grail shampoo and conditioner these days is Aussie "Cleanse & Mend"
I start with that in the shower...just wash and rinse and ring dry with my hands.
Now here's my trick to no frizz waves!
I get out of the shower and dry of my body but do not touch the towel against my hair. I just turn my hair upside down and let it drip in the bathtub. I ring it out once more before going to my hair products. With my hair still upside down, I comb it with a wide tooth comb and start with the products!
The first product I use is two pumps of Organix Coconut Anti Breakage Serum in the palm of my hand and rub my hands together a few times. I then apply it to mostly in the ends of my hair. If I put it too close to my roots it makes my hair greasy. I run my fingers through and then scrunch the product into the ends of my hair.
With my hair still upside down, I take 3 pumps of Sally Hershberger's Style Primer in my hand and scrunch it into the ends of my hair evenly.
Finally, I use John Frieda Dream Curls spray all over and scrunch everything together (still upside down...don't get dizzy!).
Now the next part is up to you. Sometimes I will just leave it down and let it dry on its own, other times I will bunch all my hair on top of my head and use a clip to keep it in place for 30 minutes and if I have the time I will use the "Plopping" method (Also called "Plunking"). Its basically using a cotton fabric to absorb the water in your hair instead of a terry cloth towel (that causes frizz). You can use an old long sleeved cotton t-shirt or you can buy an actual product online that's especially for the purpose of "Plopping" or "Plunking". When I say "have the time" I mean I usually give this process at least an hour before going out anywhere. The longer I leave it in the better the outcome!
Watch a youtube video here on Plopping:
Or you can have a look at the Youtube results for "Plopping" or "Plunking" Curly or Wavy hair and see what you can find that works best for your hair type and texture.
My hair isn't naturally curly - it just has a slight wave but I really like wearing my hair naturally now and I get A LOT of compliments on it :). Here is what my hair looks like after all these steps and it has dried on its own
The absolute BEST part of this method is that my hair is even better on the 2nd day (I have super oily hair and had to wash it every day when I was straightening it). Before I go to bed at night on the first day I will clip it all up in an elastic or clip and go to bed. The next morning the only thing I need to do is run the tap, put water on my hands and scrunch the water into my hair. It reactivates the product and makes my hair even more wavy and less frizzy than the day before!
I hope you find my Natural Beach Wavy Hair (with no heat!) steps helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to email or comment. Until next time :) ...