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Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

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Ever since I cut my hair short a month or so back, the number one comment I get on my site is “how do you curl your hair?”. I did a tutorial a long time ago about how I created my waves, but have changed my technique a bit since then, so I thought it was time for an updated post. While I used to love my long hair, I must say that now that it’s short, I’ll never grow it out again – it’s so much easier to style now! I really don’t do anything when it comes to creating my loose waves that’s out of the ordinary, just a little dry shampoo, hairspray, and a great wand.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Step One:  I typically only do loose waves on dirty hair. And by “dirty” I mean that I washed it the day before, or I washed it at night before going to bed. I wake up and before I even brush it, I’ll spray it with dry shampoo. Currently I’m using TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, but I also love the kind from Moroccan Oil. Whichever is your favorite, flip your head over and spray the dry shampoo all over, focusing on the roots too.

Step Two: Brush out your hair and using your favorite wand (I’ve been using this 25mm one from Jose Eber for the past year and love it!) and, with 1-inch or so sections, wrap your hair around the wand towards your face. Wrapping it towards your face creates more of a wave, while wrapping your hair around the wand away from your face creates more of a curl.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Step Three: You don’t want the curl to be super tight, so when you wrap it around the wand, hold it for only about 4-6 seconds and then let it go. Don’t touch it, so that the hair can cool.

Step Four: Continue going around your whole head curling these 1 inch sections towards your face. My hair is relatively thin so this usually takes around 10 minutes. For thicker hair, obviously this can take a lot longer. But don’t worry about curing every single piece of hair, it’s OK to have  few strays.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Step Five: Once you’ve done your whole head, use your fingers and comb through the curls so they separate. I’ll even put my head upside down to make sure I’m combing through them at the roots.

Step Six: Using a comb, run through the curls as well. This creates the soft wave look I prefer, but if you like your waves to have a bit more structure, skip this step.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Make Loose Waves Hair Tutorial - @poorlilitgirl

Step Seven: Use a lightweight hairspray to set the waves. I’ve recently starting using this Bumble and Bumble Styling Spray and it is my new favorite!

Step Eight: That’s it! If I have a bit of extra time, I’ll use a little texture balm on the ends to separate them out a bit, but usually I just leave it as is and head out the door! You can see this hair style in some of my favorite outfits posts (here, here and here) as well.

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33 Comments

  1. Alyssa

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! The length of my hair is very similar to yours and I have been dying to know how to create loose waves…can’t wait to try these tips out! xoxo

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      When I had longer hair I did a similar technique and it created a fun look…try it out and let me know how it goes! xoxo Cathy

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      Yep that braid post will come soon I promise…just want to spread them out :o) xoxo Cathy

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  2. Josie Rangeo

    I love this post! I recently chopped my long locks for a “lob” and needed to know about a better wand option! Mine has seen its days.. Great tutorial!!

    x.o. Josie

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      I use CoverGirl mascara…not sure what kind I grabbed this time but the tube is blue! xoxo Cathy

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      It took me a while to embrace it but dirty hair really is the best! xoxo Cathy

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      I love this one from Jose Eber, but GHD also makes a good one too! xoxo Cathy

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  3. Summer

    I’m so glad you posted this! This is pretty much the same technique I used when my hair was long, but now that I’ve chopped it off I’m still trying to figure out what works with my new cut. I’ve always curled away from the face, but now I’m going to give it a try towards and see how it turns out! You’re hair always looks great!

    xo, Summer
    http://www.belleandgrace.blogspot.com

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  4. Wendy Doerksen

    Thank you Cathy!
    I am off to plug in my wand and give this a go! Only going for groceries this morning but my hair is a day old dirty and I have been waiting for this post and your inspiration as always.. just going to my wand instead of my closet today! I love your blog and sweet, down to earth style!

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