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I’ve reeeaaally been into messy waves lately. Like seriously slept-on, super-loose, 3-day-old wave waves. Up until this year, I’d been doing my go-to clamp curling iron look, but it became a little too curled for my ever-changing taste. I wanted the ends to look a little grungier – like the waves you really get at the beach and can never be duplicated no matter how hard you try. So, after some hits and misses, I think I figured it out, and that means, yep, tutorial time, yo!
I only used two tools for this tutorial and no products. I didn’t want anything to make my hair seem too smooth. First off, I used the CHI Elite Ceramic Dryer and then the CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron.
The CHI Elite curling iron is my new favorite, and I NEVER thought anything could surpass the love for my good ol’ trusty Hot Tools iron. The CHI Elite iron doesn’t seem to clamp down quite as hard as the Hot Tools, so it’s easier to achieve this look without snagging hair.
Let’s get cracking. First off, blow dry your hair. If you have wavy hair, you are already one step ahead of the game. You can dry your waves with a diffuser and then use the curling iron on random sections of hair to get this look.
However, I blew my waves out with a round brush for those of you who have straight hair or don’t particularly like your God-given waves. (I’m not super stoked with mine either.)
Once your hair is dry, section the top half off and clip out of the way.
The curling iron technique is the exact same as my video tutorial. (It’s super detailed if you are new to the technique.)
Clamp down mid-shaft.
And then rotate the iron 180 degrees. Release the clamp every so slightly and move down the section of hair. (Once again, watch the video if you are confused.)
Now HERE’S where things are different. Instead of working your way down the hair section with the iron, release the section with 3-4 inches remaining uncurled. As you can see below, the remaining hair never gets curled.
What that does is create a bend in the middle of your hair, but the ends remain straight and not so perfectly curled.
Continue working throughout your hair, making sure not to curl the last 3 or so inches of your hair. You can also alternate the direction of the curl to switch things up.
After all the waves are finished, run your fingers through your hair and mess it up a bit. Pull on the ends to make it messy and imperfect.
Voila! Super casual, messy waves. These even look better on the second and third day.
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