So, my holiday is over and I'm looking for ways I can bring some sunshine back into my life. One of the things I love the most about being abroad is what the sea does to my hair - loose textured waves with no effort at all. I've tried doing beachy waves at home before with my straighteners. I've been close, but as yet, no cigar.
However, with a little practice and the right products, I think I've come up with a winning formula to achieve realistic beach hair at home in rainy Birmingham. Here's how...
1. French plaiting skills
2. Aussie Miracle Beach Waves - £4.69 at Boots
3. Hairspray - I use Tresemme Extra Hold £5.25 at Boots
what you need to do...
1. Part your hair down the middle and tie half of it out of the way with a hair elastic. French plait the other side and secure it at the bottom with a second elastic. (For those who don't know how to French plait, don't fret! I'm doing a tutorial that will be available on here in the next couple of days.) Plait the other side in the same way so that you have twin braids.
2. I find I get the best results if I sleep with my braids in. If you'd rather not sleep with them in, try and leave them in all day if you can. Beach waves take time, be patient and the results will speak for themselves!
3. Take the braids out and tousle your hair with your fingertips. Let the waves relax for a few minutes.
4. Spray from roots to tips with Aussie Miracle Beach Waves or other salt-based spray, making sure you don't miss any bits. Scrunch with your fingers until you have the desired level of curl.
5. Spray generously with hairspray to fix in place, et voila! Loose beach waves with tonnes of texture and just a little taste of summer!!