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How to create the perfect summer waves

How to create the perfect summer waves
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 months ago
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Whether you've managed to make it to the beach or are embracing the returned freedom with friends at home this summer, soft beachy waves are the perfect, low-maintenance hair style for any occasion. Laid back but full of volume, waves create that effortless 'I just woke up like this' look that we all long for and can be easily adapted for every hair type. We've put together the step-by-step guide for both straight and naturally curly hair to transform your tresses so that everyone can get wavy this summer.

Step 1: Wash

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Wash your hair from the roots with Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin Shampoo and Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner formulated to treat normal to dry hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner are infused with an Irisome complex and glucose proteins that gently cleanse the hair whilst replenishing fibres from root to tip, allowing for protection against dryness and improving shine.

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Step 2: Detangle

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Using the WetBrush Detangler, detangle your hair ready to apply the styling product to allow for more defined curls. Try not to tug or pull at your hair when brushing, especially when it's wet and most vulnerable to breakage. The smart Detangling comb minimises this risk using an innovative WaveTooth™ design that evenly distributes strands, separating any knots.

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Step 3: Style

For straight hair...

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Create a natural looking, beach ready wave using the T3 SinglePass Curl. The enhanced device maintains a consistent temperature and creates the kind of curl or wave you desire in just one pass. The sleek barrels create a frizz-free finish every time for effortless wavy locks that will hold.

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Once you have created your waves, use the Wetbrush Detangling Comb to loosen your curls and create a softer wave. Continue to step 5...

For curly hair...

If you have thinner, curly hair, whilst your hair is still wet after cleansing, apply the Ouidad Out Of Thin Hair Volumizing Jelly to your locks, running it through your strands from root to tip and scrunching. Squeeze out any excess moisture with a hair towel. The creamy and moisturising Jelly helps to create body and shine, and offers a natural, frizz free hold to keep your waves in place.

  • Ouidad Out of Thin Hair Volumising Jelly 65ml

    Ouidad Out of Thin Hair Volumising Jelly 65ml

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If you have thicker, curly hair, The Giovanni L.A Natural Styling Gel offers a stronger hold to secure your style in place whilst enhancing shine. Apply the gel to wet hair and scrunch to push your waves into place and give your hair more body and bounce.

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Continue to step 5...

Step 5: Shine

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Finish off with the Percy & Reed Time to Shine Mirror Mirror Shine Serum which is packed with shine-boosting ingredients like Kalahari melon seed oil and argan oil. Suitable for all hair types, the Serum conditions and adds a mirror-glaze shine with the perfect citrus-floral scent for that Summer smell!

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Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.
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