Our founder, Wendy Iles, is renowned for her “organic textured beach waves” as she calls them, seen here on her client Heidi Klum. The word “Organic”is used because the waves must look effortless and feel luscious to the touch. The secret is all about one product. We are about to tell you which one in A Step-By-Step Guide To Heidi Klum Beach Waves.
Beach waves have been a trend for a while now, and it doesn’t seem like they will go out of style any time soon. And why would they? When you can create multiple variations of beach waves just by adjusting the size and type of iron you use, this leaves room for many different options for your hair curl patterns. Beach waves can be created using methods and tools such as curling irons, flat irons, braids and more.
What You Will Need
To create the perfect beach waves, it is essential that you use the right tools and products. Proper product usage and tool selection will set you up for success when recreating this look. This being said, let’s talk about some of the items that will come in handy:
Products: There are many products out there and we know it can get confusing when trying to decide which is right for your hair type and the style you want to create. That is why we recommend our Iles Formula Finishing Serum. This is definitely your go-to product because it is appropriate for all hair types and transforms any hair type no matter how damaged to feel like luscious silk!
What’s more this serum is heat protection + UV protection + prevents color fade and protects against humidity….thats frizz!
Tools: There are different tools you can use to create beach waves. Flat Irons and Curling Irons are usually chosen for creating these styles. In this step by step, we are featuring the curling iron. Selecting which iron size to use, hair length, and the size and volume you want to achieve will be the deciding factor in which size iron to use. Typically 1 and 1/4 or 1 and 1/2 inch are the desired iron sizes. We love this GHD iron as it works well for this technique but really, any brand of iron will be suitable as long as there is a heat control option on your iron.
Comb: Finally you will need a comb. Not just any comb though. You will want to use a comb with very wide and spread teeth. Our Iles Formula Distribution Comb is a perfect size and although can be purchased alone is also included with any of our Signature Box and Spa Sets as well as our Discovery + Travel Set. You will be using the comb to finalize your style.
Step By Step
Now that you have gathered all you’ll need for A Step By Step Guide To Heidi Klum Beach Waves, have a look at the technique.
1./ Begin by drying your hair after applying our Iles Formula Finishing Serum to the mid length and ends. Wendy uses a Dyson or a Harry Josh dryer. This can be somewhat of a rough dry as you want to encourage some of your natural texture to be combined with the texture you create.
For a boost of root volume, flip your head upside down while drying to create an added lift, placing the nozzle of the dryer near your roots and, blowing them in the opposite direction to the way they naturally fall.
2./ Beginning from the bottom, take 1-inch sections. Place the iron 3 inches from root area, close the tong clamp and twist half to fully around 1 time. We like to make this movement away from the face. Allow it to sit for 3 seconds then, move the iron down in a sliding movement to about 2 to 3 inches and repeat.
In other words, there is a gap of no-curl between the curl movements you make. Repeat the process again, until you reach the ends, leaving out at least an inch of the ends of your hair. Note that the ends should not be curly, but not straight either, so fine-tune them by sliding the tong through them, but not curling them. Nothing is more unappealing in our minds that wavy mid lengths and forced straight ends, a natural wave will never look like this.
Allow all of the twists to cool in place.
4./ Once you’ve finished with your entire head, use your Iles Formula Distribution Comb to comb out all of the twists you have created. Finalize using your fingers to detail the waves. If you find its a little too curly, just blast the hair all over for about 30 seconds with a burst of hot air from your dryer. It works every time.
5./ Apply our Finishing Serum to add separation to the waves and, if you normally use a hair texturizing spray, we suggest skipping that step and just using more of our serum by piecing it on the strands and allowing it to dry in naturally as Wendy did on Heidi’s beach waves above. This will deliver the most sumptuous touchable hair texture, and help the style to last all day while protecting hair from the elements. Below are some examples sourced from Pinterest of more results you can expect.
Are you a beach waves expert? We want to see your work! Tag us into your posts using @ilesformula_hair and #IlesFormula so we can see your perfect Beach Waves.
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