Every time I curl my hair with the Bed Head Wave Runner, endless amounts of people ask me how I achieved the coveted “s shape” curl as opposed to the traditional barrel curl, done with a simple curling iron. The key to messy beach waves on short hair is the three barrel Bed Head Wave Runner. Most people attempt to achieve this look by braiding their hair before bed and removing the braids in the morning to be left with a crimped look. This occasionally works, however for someone with short hair such as mine, it’s not as effective. The ends are always left straight because of lack of length which is mostly taken up by the need for a hair tie to end off. But for someone like my best friend Semra, who has long, beautiful hair, the braiding method works perfectly. The photo on the left is Semra’s hair after sleeping with french braids. The right is my hair after using the Bed Head Wave Runner, the looks are similar, but achieved through two very different methods.
The three barrels of the Bed Head Wave Runner, are staggered and bend the hair in the same fashion that a braid would. I crimp my hair from roots to ends, and twist the section mid way to taper each curl. This component is optional, however without it, all of your waves will be identical and unnatural looking. The lack of twisting also creates the 1920’s look of finger waves ALL THROUGHOUT your head, which is not the desired beachy look that we’re going for here.. at all.
Like with all thermal styling, a heat protectant is HIGHLY recommended with this iron, especially if you use hot tools as frequently as I do. My favorite is Turbo Power’s Forma Thermal Lotion, I discovered it at New York’s International Beauty Show last March and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Unlike other heat protectants, its light and doesn’t leave any kind of grit on your hair.
I section my hair and spray the product section by section before thermal use to make sure that the product dries before applying any heat. This is essential to avoiding that horrible sizzling sound you hear when heat meets wet hair. Terrible to hear and even more terrible for the integrity of your hair.
Another product that I really love using when it comes to beach waves, is Big Sexy Hair’s, Style Sexy Hair H2no, this dry shampoo is light and also smells FANTASTIC. Spraying this product at just your roots creates more grit (which is positive in this case) and gives your hair morevolume up top, which is essential in the beach wave concept.
I am fortunate enough to have natural bend in my hair, which makes curling and other texturizing techniques very easy, however if your have pin straight hair, holding a curl is never easy. Another product that is good for adding grit and texture to your hair is sea salt spray. My favorite sea salt spray is by Indie Hair, its method of application is great because the spray nozzle has a very wide range and covers a lot of surface area rather than producing product build up in one spot.I love the whole Indie Hair line, but their
sea salt spray is what I use most frequently. If you’re unfamiliar with the uses of sea salt spray, it is simply beachy air in a bottle. It gives your hair the same beachy texture you would
have after a day in and out of the salty ocean. The salty grit that this product adds to your hair will hold the bend that the Bed Head Wave Runner creates much longer! Apply to damp hair prior to any thermal application.
I purchased my Bed Head Wave Runner for just $25 on Amazon and it is my absolute FAVORITE thermal tool of all time. Not only is it an easy look to achieve, it looks even better the next day after sleeping on it. If your hair has greasy tendencies, Big Sexy Hair’s, Style Sexy Hair H2no, dry shampoo is also great for helping your style to last a few extra days. If your try it out, I hope you love this tool as much as I do!!!!
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