I don’t know about you, but there are days when I love glamming up just to feel extra beautiful. And one of the ways I do that is to change up my hairstyle! My hair is straight, but I find that natural waves give off such an effortless, irresistible vibe, whether you’re out on a day date or in the office!

But do you need curlers or a curling tool to do this? Nope. Creating natural waves when you only have a straightening iron is easy as 1, 2, 3! Watch:


STEP 1: Comb your hair. When you free your hair from tangles and knots, you can work with it much more easily. I use a Tangle Teezer: a brush that works as a really effective detangler without the pain!
My Tangle Teezer is the Salon Elite version in the pretty color combination of Sugared Almonds Lilac.

STEP 2: Section your hair. You’ll be able to work on the waves better if you divide your hair into equal sections, especially if you have thick hair like me! The number of sections depends on the thickness of your hair and the size of the wave you desire.

STEP 3: Spray on heat protectant. Since we’ll be working with a heated styling tool, make sure you keep your tresses protected from damage! Try this: Toni & Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist, P780.
STEP 4: Curl away! Using a straightening iron, clamp a section of your hair, twist it towards or away from your face, and pull down gently. Done correctly, this technique will give you a soft, gently-swirling wave.

For this step, I am using Herstyler’s Colorful Seasons Ceramic Straightener, which has long been on my want-list.
It has solid ceramic plates for fast and consistent styling, helps smooth down any frizz, and it just happens to be the only straightener in the world that heats up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit! Make sure you adjust the heat according to the thickness of your hair.

STEP 5: Add volume at the roots. My hair is limp, especially on my crown, so I usually turn to dry shampoo to give me a boost. What I do is spray a little Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo on my roots and scrunch it up with my fist to get that volume.
This step also works with second-day hair—it instantly makes my hair smell fresher!

STEP 6: Seal and smooth out your work. I use Bedhead/TIGI’s SuperStar Volumizing Spray to make my waves stay in place and hold their shape.
If you have annoying baby hairs that stand up because of the heat and static (like me!), use a finishing cream like Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff following your hairspray. It keeps everything in place without making your hair stiff.
Both these products are by cult-fave Bedhead/TIGI.

STEP 7: Comb through everything until you get movement. To make your waves look extra swishy, comb through them gently with your brush. In a moment, this will unravel the coils and loosen them up, leaving you with a natural-looking wavy mane.
And that’s all there is to it! Hope you enjoyed this hair tutorial, and see you next week!

Photos by Say Artillero