Air-Dried Waves

pretty air dried waves

To all my fellow wavy gals looking for THE product, look no further. Lo, I have found it. (And you all know I’ve tried everything under the sun, right?)

Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse. It’s the best. Smells amazing, doesn’t make hair stiff or crunchy, keeps frizz at bay, AND defines waves or curls like no other. Here’s how I got the above look.

1. Wash, condition, and towel dry hair. I try to scrunch the extra water out of my hair with the towel, but very gently. Too much and I’ll be in frizz city.

2. Using a wide-tooth comb, comb through hair one time. Set your part.

3. Apply mousse throughout hair, starting in the back. (That way, if too much of the product comes off at first, it won’t be around your face.) I usually use two dollops for my thick hair.

4. If you have bangs, blow them dry. If you have cowlicks, follow my method for perfecting the sideswept look. I usually gather the rest of my damp hair behind my shoulders so I don’t accidentally blow any of the wave out.

5. Once your bangs are dry, allow the rest of your hair to air dry. Do not touch it. I repeat, DO NOT TOUCH. The more you fiddle with it, the frizzier it will get. Think about it, you know those times when your hair looks completely awesome after spending the day at the pool or beach? And you’re all, “why doesn’t my hair usually look like this?” Well, it’s because you DIDN’T MESS WITH IT. You most likely let it air dry and didn’t touch it all. (You can tell I messed with mine a little too much in the above photo…that’s why it’s a bit fuzzy towards the back. Geez…I can’t even follow my own rules.)

HOWEVER, like most, if you don’t have time to sit around while your hair dries, use a diffuser to speed up the process. This one was the most mentioned and loved on the Whoorl Facebook page, and I’m a fan. I use it all over my head, careful not to mess up the wave by overly scrunching. I spend about half of the time bent over at the waist.

6. Once dry or barely damp, I spray a few spritzes of my favorite beach spray to finish the look. Oribe Apres Beach spray is the perfect complement, but if you want to save some moolah, try my homemade recipe!

I’ve found this method to be the best in regards to waves, but on some days, it still isn’t totally foolproof. Any tips you would like to share in regards to styling curly or wavy hair?

  1. laura g

    August 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    My girls have curly hair so I take them to a curly hair specialist for cuts (because I am not one). She swears by drying curly and wavy hair with paper towels. Or with a t-shirt. that is my $ .02 *off to buy the oribe mousse* thanks!

  2. Emily

    August 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I have super curly hair that I’ve spent most of my life attempting to tame. I’ve discovered that one thing that helps my hair is putting product in while it’s soaking wet, and then wrapping it in a towel for a few minutes. I usually put a little more product in then, just to hit potential frizzier spots, and then blowdry with a diffuser. My theory is that putting the product in while it’s super wet starts preventing frizz right away, while if I dry it a little first the frizz is already starting. I also like to spend the last couple minutes blowdrying with my head upside down, and then I let it cool for a minute before flipping it back up for lots of volume.

  3. Laura

    August 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Moroccan oil, Moroccan oil, Moroccan oil!!!! And not the knock offs (I’ve tried them all…nothing is like the original real deal). It makes a huge difference when I put it on wet hair and it takes out frizz big time when I put it on dry day 2 (or 3…lets be honest) hair. The best!

  4. larissa

    August 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    can’t wait to try this!! would you mind sharing what shampoo and conditioner you use when you air dry?

  5. Erin

    August 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Don’t towel it dry!!! Do bangs first, put product in and scrunch, and then leave it. I’ve always been taught to scrunch with a ratty old t-shirt, which causes less frizz than a towel or hands.