Earlier this week, I promised a video tutorial showing how I get my stick straight hair to be wavy, overnight…with zero heat. Tuesday night I recorded my routine and am excited to share it with y’all. Please keep in mind, that this is smack dab in the middle of my effort to go 5 days without washing my hair…so when this was done, I hadn’t washed my hair in 2 days…so it’s definitely already looking greasy. But, I’ve been doing this about once a week lately, and it’s been such a nice change of pace from my usual pulled back ponytail. It also seems to help keep the static issues I’ve been having at bay a little bit (probably because I use a tiny bit of hair product.)
Two things I learned in making this video. 1: I really need to find a different way to film videos. My built-in camera just isn’t cutting it. Yuck. 2: I mumble. A lot. I seriously never realized how much I mumble when I talk! Yikes!
Quickly, here’s an overview of what to do:
1. Get hair damp. I usually shower and then wait about 45 minutes to an hour, but you could just spray hair so that it’s damp. Don’t get it soaking wet, you want the hair to be dry come morning. You might want to add a bit of hair gel if your hair tends to lose curl easily.
2. Part hair down the center.
3. Twist one side of your hair starting with a small piece at the top. Twist AWAY from the face, slowly adding a little bit of hair as you go. Add some from the front, then some from the back. This makes much more sense if you watch the video. When you get to where you have all of your hair (from one half or your head) in your hands, twist the hair to the end, and then roll it naturally into a bun. For me, my right side of my head is rolled counter-clockwise into a bun, and the left is rolled clockwise. After finishing one side, repeat with the other. Secure buns with hair-tie.
4. Sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
5. Wake up and remove buns. If your hair is still damp, use a blow dryer to get it dry before removing the hair-ties. Carefully untwist each bun and then piece apart your hair with your fingers. Keep running your fingers through the hair until you get the desired look.
6. Add a smoothing gloss or some sort-of finishing cream if desired.
If you’re not 100% happy with the results, you can always clip some pieces up to get a different look, or you can take a curling iron and add a few curls. I find this trick to be a great, easy tool for getting wavy hair. I absolutely love that I don’t have to use any heat, which damages hair. We’re also being eco-friendly here by saving electricity! Bonus: If you’re careful, you may even be able to get two days out of your wavy hairdo!
Do you use this technique on your hair? Do you have a different technique you prefer that gets you similar results? Please share!November 8, 2012
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