Beauty week: How to create messy waves tutorial


Kicking off the second post of BEAUTY WEEK, I’m sharing a tutorial that I use every week: how to create messy waves.

This look is similar to my Disney Princess Curls. but the big difference is that, while the princess curls are all about perfection, the messy curls are, well, messier. The idea is to strive for a touchable, imperfect look that almost looks like it’s just how your hair naturally falls.

I’ve embedded the video below, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. DO start with clean, dry hair. I recommend air-drying before styling so you can take advantage of any natural wave your hair already has.
  2. DON’T curl the ends. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this will be a challenge, but trust me, this is key.
  3. DO play around with it. I curl all of my hair the same direction (away from my face), but feel free to mix it up. And literally play with it too–mess up the curls with your hands throughout the day to keep the volume.
  4. DON’T use a heavy hand with products. I use three main products to create/hold this style, but only a little bit of each one to prevent the look from getting weighed down.

That’s it! Enjoy the tutorial (sorry for my awkward faces), and feel free to leave questions in a comment below!

And, obvious side note: I am SO not a videographer (or even a video blogger!), so don’t mock my terrible video quality/editing. It is what it is, folks.

4 thoughts on “Beauty week: How to create messy waves tutorial

  1. First, could you be MORE beautiful?! I think not.

    Second, and actually on topic: I’m in no position to follow this at the moment because I’m still in the process of growing my hair out, but I have thick, fine hair that has a really hard time holding curl. What kind of hair do you have, and do you find that your hair holds the curl throughout the day? Do you have any recommendations for those of us with stubborn, straight hair? 🙂

    • My hair actually sounds super similar to yours! It’s fine and very straight (I have to be super cautious about cutting layers because they tend to look choppy), but I have a TON of it. My hair tends to hold a curl pretty well (I credit the decades of damage I’ve done highlighting it, honestly), but since having Vivi, the texture changed a bit and now it’s slightly wavier and does NOT hold a curl very well. Starting with clean hair is key for me, as well as using the lightweight products I recommended. I’ve also found that running some mousse through it (Kristin Ess actually makes a great one, but I also like Drybar’s Southern Belle formula) after showering and before it dries can help it hold whatever style I do better. Hope that helps!

      Also, *blushing* thank you!

  2. I’m so glad you posted this! I have often admired your hair waves. I have been needing a new curler. I think I’ll check this one out! Thanks!

  3. Thank You! Very helpful. I appreciate the products used as well as the how to.

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