I hated doing my hair. Well, not quite hate actually, maybe frustration. It’s because I spent so much time trying to make it straight, or not frizzy or curly and it never turned out the way I wanted it. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I wanted the pretty hair I always got at the salon… I just had no talent.
Yep, I seriously thought it was because I had no talent. I was completely wrong.
I’ve been going to my stylist Danielle Jones at Luxe Salon & Spa for 8 years. I asked Danielle to teach me exactly how to get the beach curl look at home. The reason I wasn’t succeeding before was due to three things: the product, the tools and the technique.
Here’s the step-by-step on how to get perfect beach curls every time. It will only take an additional 10 minutes after you blow dry your hair.
To get this look, you’ll need
- a professional grade curling iron
- hair clip
- blow dryer
All pretty simple tools, yes? The big hurdle for me was the professional grade curling iron. Buying a better curling iron completely changed how my hair curled. I upgraded my iron from one I bought at Target to a professional model from a professional beauty supply store. The professional model heats up to 425 degrees and doesn’t have quite as strong of a clamp as non-professional models. This allows the hair to move more easily when curling. Surprisingly, the professional model wasn’t really that expensive. I spent $30 on mine.
On my hair, I used Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion, Thickening Hairspray and Finishing Hairspray. In the salon, Danielle also taught me how to create a softer look using the Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion.
First thing: PLUG IN THE CURLING IRON. It needs longer than you think to warm up to the desired temperature.
I stepped out of the shower with freshly washed hair and I toweled it dry. I wanted my hair damp but not sopping wet. I then sprayed two products into my damp hair.
I sprayed Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion all over my hair. Then I lifted up sections of hair and spritzed Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray at the roots.
I then started my curl process. For that, a video!
The most important takeaways for me about curling technique are:
- Your curling iron needs to be incredibly hot
- You must clip your hair out of the way and work in sections.
- Face the curling iron clamp towards the mirror. Clamp in the middle of the chunk of hair and roll away from your face.
- Keep your curling iron moving constantly as you work your way down the chunk of hair and roll up. Hold for 2 seconds at the top and then release.
Finally, I finished my hair by spraying under each section with hairspray. My finished look is this:
The day I went to Luxe to learn this from Danielle, she told me that I could acheive a more beachy look by using Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion. She sprayed a little in, gently broke up some curls and bam!
Having great hair is one of the biggest confidence boosters I know. Now that I have a technique and arsenal of products that work, curling my hair is worth my time because I know its going to be gorgeous and the curls will hold all day.