If you can't get enough of Pinterest and wish you had more time to find the best beauty looks on the photo-sharing site, this column is for you. Each week we highlight a coveted makeup technique, hairstyle or nail design with a popular following, and get the tips and tricks for creating it from the person behind the original pin. For this edition we contacted the blogger who perfected these gorgeous soft waves.
Oh So Pretty The Diaries blogger Savannah was determined to master the art of creating natural (or beachy) waves with a flat iron. While she came across a ton of finished-look photos on Pinterest, she never did stumble upon a tutorial. That’s when she set out to create the look and document every step. The result? Gorgeous loose curls and a pin that “blew up on Pinterest,” Savannah says. Follow her steps for creating the style.
Step 1: Spritz dry hair with hair spray, "if your hair doesn’t take well to heating tools,” Savannah says. Try: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.
Step 2: Split your hair down the middle.
Step 3: Create two regular braids and secure with clear elastics. Side note: Looking back on this style, Savannah says she “might do three braids next time so it would hold longer throughout the day.” Her original style did last all day, but it “got flatter throughout,” she says.
Step 4: Tightly twist one of the braids away from your face.
Step 5: Pick up a hot flat iron and clamp it around the top of your twisted braid. Immediately twist it in the same direction you twisted your braid. Continue this action down the length of your braid (see below), but don’t clamp over your hair elastic or else “there will be a weird crease,” Savannah says. Tip: Hold the iron on each section of your braid “for about five seconds," she says. "Hold it longer on the thicker parts to get the heat to go through.”
Step 6: After you’ve twisted and flat ironed each of the braids once, repeat the process a second time.
Step 7: When your hair is completely cool, remove the elastics, finger comb your strands and you’re done! Tip: “Everyone's hair is different so this exact tutorial may not work best on everyone else's hair. Figure out what works for you. Thick hair or hair that doesn't usually curl well may require many smaller braids, whereas thin hair may only need one big braid. You just have to find the perfect braid size for your hair—most likely through trial and error,” Savannah says.
Photo: Courtesy of Oh So Pretty The Diaries