Hair tutorial: easy, soft waves

Having long hair is something I simultaneously appreciate and despise.

On good hair days, I feel pretty dang fly, however, on bad hair days, I feel like a tumbleweed that’s been blown in from the nearest town.

This post isn’t going to focus on my love-hate relationship with my hair; rather, it’s going to address something I rely on almost daily for styling my own hair when I don’t have a ton of time to spare.

Loose, soft waves are how I usually wear my hair when it’s down. I used to curl my hair daily, until I came to the realization that what I was doing was ludicrous and completely unnecessary (if you straighten your hair every day, keep doing you. It just wasn’t for me, and I value sleep). So, I began to rely on what has quickly become a daily hairstyle for me, and it is so insanely easy, you just might stop curling your hair every day, too.

I recommend using this style if you tend to shower in the evening, like I do. You could also do it in the morning if you have a shower, but your hair won’t have a whole lot of time to dry.

After I shampoo and condition my hair, I thoroughly comb it and part it. Make sure you get alllllllll of those gnarly knots out, otherwise they will be back with a vengeance in the morning. Divide your hair into three sections at the back of your neck, right below your head. Begin braiding the hair, tightly for the first little bit, or until the braid hits your shoulders, and then gradually loosen the braid as you work your way down to the ends. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic, hit the hay, and wake up to loose, semi-dry waves. I find letting the last bit of hair air dry when I do this helps to keep the wave. I usually go over the top of my hair with a straightener to smooth out any lumps, but that’s the extent of styling with this style.

Give it a try!

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