Messy Waves for People That Can't Style Hair

I've never been able to 'do' hair. I was always the one turning up at school with a simple ponytail and I rarely ventured into more unfamiliar territory. I've regularly chopped and changed the length of my hair and I think that's half the problem - once it gets long I just have no idea what to do with it.

I've been obsessed with the messy, beachy waves trend for years now. It's one of the coolest, most effortless looking styles out there - but for someone with hair that's limp and poker straight to begin with it really does take some work. Quite often I'll give the roots a blast with the hairdryer before scrunching a little of the Bumble + Bumble Don't Blow It creme through the lengths and leaving them to dry naturally. I'm seriously lacking in the natural waves department and it does just about manage to eek out some texture and shape - especially if I tie my hair in a loose bun overnight to help things along a little. Hair mousse and/or a styling creme are a great way to encourage the natural wave in the hair too. I'm a devoted fan of the Bumble + Bumble (un)Dressing Creme, although recently I've really been enjoying rediscovering the Tigi Thickening Gel Creme. They're much the same product, giving the hair texture and hold from the moment it's washed.

If I want a more defined wave, the Enrapture Totem Styler is still the best tool that I've found. I'm not a huge fan of using heat on my hair but I find that once or twice a week is fine with this - you can even alter the temperature dials in order to keep the curl as tight or loose as you want. I tend to stick to a standard 1/1/1 formation because I like my waves as loose and natural looking as possible. Being sure to always curl away from the face, I grab sections at complete random and hold the hair around the barrel for around 10 seconds. I like to leave an inch or two of straight hair at the ends as I find it looks a lot more natural. I also hate the thought of burning my fingers, so it's a technique that kind of kills two birds with one stone.

BeautyNatalie Stubbs