I have always had very coarse thick hair and boy is it hard to style. I tried the Brazilian blow out and absolutely love it. My only concern with that was I felt like it did more harm than good so I stopped. I noticed more damaged ends which are easily cut with a trim but I am not one to regularly go to the salon. I love my beauty products more than my visits to the salon. So what do I do? I settle for do-it-yourself hair. I have an arsenal of hair products that I cannot live without. I mean who doesn’t love some It’s a 10 Leave In conditioner. By using products I have learned to embrace and love my hair just the way it is. So whether you are looking for beachy waves or a full blow out I am going to show you how to style long thick hair.

 

Beachy Waves:

There are two ways to achieve this beachy wave look depending on how coarse or thick/wavy your hair is.

Really Coarse/Wavy Hair:

  1. If you have super wavy hair like I do then I suggest you blow dry first using a rounded boar bristle brush. This does not have to be perfect since you are going to re-create waves anyway.
  2. Once you have completely dried your hair then you spray a little sea salt spray all throughout your hair. When I say a little I mean hold the bottle about 8 inches from you hair and spritz until slightly damp. The only way I can explain damp is it would be a like you went outside and it was dewy.
  3. Next you use your hand to scrunch only half way up until about your ears.
  4. Continue scrunching throughout your entire hair then finish with a little L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray which is a must have for everyone.

Normal Hair:

  1. Blow dry hair as you normally would until almost dry.
  2. Then you spray  sea salt spray all throughout your hair. You may want to use a bit more since you have naturally straight or very slightly wavy hair. Keep in mind the more you spray the wavier your hair will be.
  3. Follow step 3 and 4 above and you are all set.
Photo Courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

Best Way to Get an At Home Blow Out:

  1. Start with a little heat protectant so that you don’t fry or damage your hair. I recommend this one by Kenra.
  2. You will want to use hair clips like these to separate and pin your hair. I like to work from bottom to top so I pin 3/4 of my hair up and work on the bottom half of my hair first.
  3. Make sure you have the diffuser attachment to your blow dryer because you will need that. Then use the same boar bristle brush used for beachy waves for this look. Take 2 inch sections of hair and hold the brush at your roots. Pull on the brush all the way to the ends all while holding the nozzle an inch away from your hair. Repeat this motion until all of that section is dry. If you want more volume or bounce wrap the ends around and hold heat there a little longer.
  4. Continue Step 2 until all of your hair is completely dry. Then finish with a little L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray.

Hope you try these out and let me know what you think!

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