No-Heat Beach Wave Hairstyle For Mid-Length or Longer Hair
Are Beach Waves Right For You
Want to try something different with your hair but the thoughts that go through your head lead you away from stepping outside the box. Afraid of the continued damage from daily shampooing, blow-drying and flat ironing you are your wits end of what to do. When asking what to do about damaged hair the answers you receive freak you out further; "what I have to cut my hair." Well then answer some questions to see if beach waves are right for you:
- I have shoulder length or longer hair
- Want to reduce styling damage
- Don’t have time in the morning to get ready
- Hate styling my hair
- Want to try different styles
Heated styles increase damage to the hair follicles. however, when the hair gets longer heated styles usually pop into the mind as the easiest. But over time the hair continues to grow and becomes dryer from over styling.
When using heated styles it is recommended to use low to medium heat when curling. If you smell a burning scent then you are getting your hair too hot or you have products on your hair when curling. The damage occurs to heated styles due to the age of the hair and also the amount of heat placed on the hair. Hair grows between 1/2-1 inch per month, therefore, if your hair is about 14 inches long then lets just say the ends of your hair are more than a year old. That means those poor tattered ends have been subjected to your routinely curling methods for more than a year. That is pretty damaging.
So if you are going to use heated utensils be sure to deep condition regularly and use a heat protectant spray before blowdrying.
Popular Low Maintanence Hair-do
A popular “no fuss” hair-do that can be simply created and beautifully worn. A style made popular through celebrities and YouTube, beach waves help to reduce the amount of heat and damage to one’s hair. No heat required, beach waves are a perfect protective style. If you have been considering how heat has damaged your hair, try beach waves.
Products to Use
The key ingredient that gives beach waves their names is sea salt which creates texture in the hair. At times girls don’t like the texture that is created by using sea salt so you can also try gels and leave-in conditioners to achieve a similar outcome. Multi-task with beach waves by using a leave-in conditioner and thereby deep conditioning your hair.
Beach Waves Braided Method
Beach Waves Bun Method
How to Create the Style
A very easily achieved style that takes little preparation or skill to create; beach waves can be achieved by using braids or buns to set the foundation of the style. I will briefly describe the methods I have used, however, the true technique requires braiding. This look is best achieved on at least shoulder length hair that is either wavy or straight. Thick haired girls can still rock this style, though learning how your own curl pattern reacts to products and styles are essential.
All methods begin with clean, damp and combed hair. Add the product of choice throughout your tresses as they help to create and maintain the style. Being a no-fuss hairdo prepared at bedtime is the best part about beach waves. In the morning, take down and go. Many techniques are out there to create these type of styles yet these are the ones that worked for me:
Section the hair in strips from forehead to nape and French braid the sections. If you are unsure of how to French braid see this tutorial. The larger the sections and the looser the braids will equate to looser waves.
Section the hair in large blocks about 2” wide and 2” long and begin twisting the hair from the ends to the roots. As the hair begins to twist it will begin to form a natural bun, continue twisting until the hair is wound around itself and in a circular pattern. Fasten each bun to the head with a ponytail holder. If you do not want the waves close your head or really tight then do not wrap closely to the scalp. The end result is a little different than the braiding method as you will have curls rather than waves. However, if loose waves are what you are looking for then section the hair into two, one on the top of the head and one at the nape and then use the same method explained above.
Though heatless styles are great for reducing damage some products commonly used can also dry out hair. Products commonly used to create the beach waves contain sea salts which have the tendency to dry hair. As a result it is best to alternate products and condition hair regularly. The great thing about beach waves created using French braids can be done with conditioner instead of sea salts. However, the end result texture is a bit different. When using conditioner the hair will look glossier as opposed to the salts which give the appearance of rougher looking hair.
Creating and Maintaining the Final Style
After the first yawn in the morning begin to carefully take down the braids or buns and “lightly” finger comb; do not use a comb or brush. Adding a little frizz serum or gel can tame down the flyaway hair and hold the style all in one swoop. Voila, that is it and probably the easiest style to pull off.
Beach waves are one of the easiest styles to help long hair look beautiful, carefree and healthy. Want to give your hair a break from the daily hustle and bustle then beach waves may be what you need. Play with the directions above and create the style that works best for your hair.
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