I will walk you through what I do, and what works for my hair, and hope that you can make it work for your hair too - whether it is long or short. I have thick, long hair and it is fairly dry, it takes about 5 days before it gets oily and if it does, you really couldn't tell (just me). It also holds curl really well so if yours doesn't, I would suggest a dry shampoo (I use Tresemme Fresh Start) or root dust (I use Bed Head Sugar Dust) just to make it a little dryer so that it holds the curl (before you start).
I wash my hair on Saturdays, after hot yoga, and use the following products:
I have never used the blue form of this L'Oreal Sulfate Free shampoo and conditioner but the main problem I have is hydration (frizz) so I thought I'd give it a shot. I love these products and have tried all of the colors (by colors I mean packaging). The smoothing Lusterizer from S Factor is my fav and I put it on my hair, after I've showered and towel dried it, before combing it out. In the small bottle is "window cleaner" or "detangler/leave in conditioner" that my bestie made - Apple Cider vinegar and water - it is AMAZING. Spray it on your hair after towel drying, before the smoother, and it smells horrible but leaves your hair silky and lovely after it dries (and the smell magically disappears!).
I wash my hair once a week (pause for shock!), yep only once a week and right after hot yoga. I jump in the shower, shampoo twice (I read somewhere it's good for frizz) and then put conditioner in my hair and brush out all the tangles with a big, paddle brush. Then I get out of the shower, towel dry my hair, spray with the "window cleaner" and then put up in a towel to hang out with Lemon. Then I take it out of the towel once it has dried a bit more, put in the smoother and brush it out, parting it on the side or in the middle (whatever I feel like for that week).
Right before I jumped in the shower - a ratty, tangled mess.
I let my hair air dry for the day (yoga is in the morning) and sometimes even put it up, and sleep on it that night. The next day (Sunday), I style it. I do not use a blow dryer and think that helps my hair. If I'm in a rush, or have something fancy to do on Saturday night (and couldn't wash it Friday) I will blow dry it and then style it the same day, but that rarely happens. It's just easier this way and breaks up the styling process - and gives me more time to spend with my muffin. :)
After I've slept on it (and tied it back), kind of wavy on it's own but not in a cute way.
Here are the tools I use:
Hot Tools Ceramic Straightener and Hot Tools 1 inch Tapered Curling Wand (I don't necessarily like the taper and think I would prefer one that was the same width all the way down but this is the one I have for some reason).
I divide my hair in half (as if you were going to have low pigtails) and then start on one side of my head. First I use the straightener to tame away the frizz - only going from my roots down about 3 inches. Then I use the curling wand, about 6 inches down from the top, to make beachy waves. Both heat up for about 20-30 minutes before I start and the wand isn't set on the highest setting, it's using about 2/3 of its full heat.
I start on one side and wrap one inch sections around the wand and just keep going, running my fingers through the waves as I go. I only hold the wand on my hair for about 3 seconds, if you hold it there longer you will end up with curls instead of waves. If a part does get too curly, wrap your hair around the wand going the other direction, or use the straightener and start over.
Here is an 8 minute video of the whole process:
And here is the finished product:
My hair this morning (after sleeping on it last night):
In a rush this morning, couldn't take a remote pic! Also didn't have time to take my nail polish off! Ha.
And today at work, after re-curling some sections:
Forgive my tired eyes (and more curls than waves), someone was up in the middle of the night for the first time in MONTHS so I was off my game this morning!
I won't brush my hair all week, just keep re-curling sections that come un-curled, and then maybe put it up on Friday for work, just because I am over curling it or it is kind of ratty by then. Saturday morning I will wash it again and do the same next week (or try a different style). This is usually the way I wear my hair, most of the time, because it's easy and requires very little maintenance, but looks like it takes a lot of effort. :)
If you try beachy waves yourself, tag me in your pictures so I can see them! Can't wait to see how they turn out! :)