If you are anything like me, you have spent some time on Pinterest looking through, and trying, different tutorials with varying degrees of success. One of the tutorials I often came across, yet could never conjure up any successful results from, was no-heat beach waves. After trying many different tutorials, I gave up. Then one day last year I had a happy accident, while creating a halo braid/twist, where I discovered this method below. I wrote out the details below, and have made a little YouTube tutorial for you as well. I hope it is as successful for you as it was for me! (my thumbnail images still need a lot of work! haha)
Start with slightly damp hair. Spritz Sea Salt Spray through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, be careful to not use too much or you might end up with crispy hair.
Part your hair close to the middle so that the waves will be fairly even in size. Starting at your part, take a section about two inches wide and divide that into two (see more on that here). Wrap of of the sections under the other, then pull in another piece of hair, as you would do with a french braid. Continue to wrap the strands under each other, while adding in more hair, until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure this with a elastic or bobby pins, then repeat on the other side.
Once you reach the nape of your neck on the second side, continue wrapping the two pieces of hair around each other, except rather than pulling in new pieces of hair each time, you are doing to twist both sections of hair 180 degrees after each wrap. This is an important step in creating the wave and will help keep the pieces wrapped together. Continue wrapping and twisting the sections until you are about 2-3 inches from the ends of your hair, then secure it with an elastic. Continuing to hold onto the end of this section, wrap it up and around your head and secure with bobby pins. Repeat this step on the other side.
Wait it out.
You have a couple options here, either you do this at night and sleep on it, or you wrap the ends of the twists up and around the top of your head and hide the loose ends under the the other twist, creating a look similar to a halo braid, and wear this style for a couple hours while your hair sets.
Remove your bobby pins and elastics and gently loosen the twists. Then, shake it out! Finish with hairspray, and you’re good to go!