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You Don't Need Long Hair or Any Heat Tools to Achieve Perfect, Beachy Waves

How Katie gets her overnight style.
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I've spent the majority of my life trying to look good with curls, and let me just say it: I don't. Every curler, from wand to barrel, makes me look young enough to need parental supervision, and my hair inevitably falls by lunchtime, making the time spent curling a complete waste. I'd almost given up on the idea entirely until I saw this story by one of my favorite vloggers, Tar Mar, and was completely mesmerized. She showed her approach to curling without heat (a preferred method for when it's blisteringly hot outside), and the curls created were effortless, chic, and, above all, flattering. Naturally, I decided to give it a go and was hit by so many compliments the next day that this post was born! So, here is how I get my effortless, chic waves on my short hair:


In order to achieve this look, you have to shower at night. After working out, I head to the shower no later than 7:30 to begin my routine, to allow my thick hair time to dry nearly completely. Recently, I've been scrubbing my scalp with Kristen Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub once a week, washing my hair out with OGX Biotin Shampoo daily, and finishing with either OGX Biotin Conditioner or the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Butter Mask. Afterward, I brush my hair out with my Wet Brush and let it dry naturally over the course of dinner and several episodes of Seinfeld (optional, but suggested). 


This is the step that creates your curls. When your hair is 90% dry, separate it down your part (for this look I part in the middle), and be sure not to brush it again if your hair is short like mine. Taking the front piece and starting at the top, twist your hair from strand to strand, grabbing more hair each time, similar to a French braid. You want to keep it tight to your scalp without pulling too much, otherwise, your curls will be far more dramatic than intended. (It helps to watch the embedded video above to see what I mean.) 

To hold it, I use these elastic cord hair ties to avoid that awful rubberband line towards the end of your hair. I repeat this exact process on the opposite side. At first, it will feel like you're doing it wrong or there is no way it will hold overnight, but the twists actually hold throughout your sleep. 


When you wake up in the morning, continue about your routine until you get to your hair. Carefully taking out the hair ties, let the hair naturally fall out of the twist. Your hair will be curled in a romantic, beachy way. Repeat on the other side. Next, I tousle my roots to add volume and add volumizing texture spray if it's flatter than I intended. And that's it! It's truly so simple and has completely changed up my routine from my typical straight hair look.

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