Sophia here. Today, I’m going to be showing you all a really simple, do-it-yourself way to get curls/waves! This summer, I went to Hawaii, and you can bet that with all that salt water, I was enjoying some waves at the beach and in my hair the whole vacation. Now that I’m back in California though, and summer’s coming to a close, this DIY way of getting those beach-y waves will be what I use.
Tip: If you want to have some dramatic curls, leave the braids in for the day and the night—the braids make a cute hairstyle!
Now, let’s get those waves!
Tools needed: 2 small elastics, hair mousse (optional)
Skill level: easy
1. Part your hair wherever you like. I like to part mine off to the side.
2. This is optional, but I recommend putting some hair mousse in your hair. It really helps the curls/waves last longer.
3. From the crown of your head to the nape of your neck, part hair straight in the middle. Tie one section off to the side, so it won’t be in your way.
4. On the other side, pick up a 1 inch piece of hair, and split in two. You will be making a lace-rope braid.
5. To make a lace-rope braid, you will start by twisting the piece of hair closest to your head forwards, before crossing it backwards over the other strand. Then, you will add some hair to the new strand, before twisting it forwards and crossing it backwards. In essence, the twisting will create a rope. Although this braid seems a tad tricky, it’s actually quite simple once you see it done!
6. Complete the lace-rope braid. Once you run out of hair to add in, just continue twisting the strands and crossing them over. Secure with a small elastic.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side of your head.
8. And there you have it! Two very cute lace-rope braids. (If you’re wondering why its called ‘lace’, its because you are only gathering from one side of the braid, whereas ‘French’ braids, you gather from both sides.)
9. Leave these braids in overnight. The longer you keep them in, the tighter the curls/waves will be. It differs for every type of hair.
10. In the morning, take out the elastics and uncoil the braids!
11. Style to your liking.
I hope you enjoy this super easy, DIY way to get lovely, effortless curls/waves. This is my favorite way to get some lovely movement in my hair. Its also great since the rope braids can be worn throughout the entire day, so you get a hairstyle and a curls!
See ya later!