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Hairstyle How-To: Soft Waves!

Hi girls!

One of my favorite hairstyles is soft waves that look effortless and not too stiff! These waves were created with my hot tools curling iron.

Here’s how you can achieve a similar look:

  1. First, grab the top half of your hair and pull it up in a clip so only the bottom of your hair is free. This way you can curl all of your hair easily!
  2. Then, separate your hair into two parts, the left and the right.
  3. Start with whichever side you want, put on the heat resistant glove that it comes with your curling iron, and wrap a small section of your hair around the barrel.
  4. Hold it for about 7 seconds, and loosely let go!
  5. Do this to the rest of your hair for beachy waves! It takes about 25 minutes in total.

I hope you like it! Will you try this hairstyle? Which other styles would you like me to make tutorials for?

Nicole curls

Image: Nicole Weider


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by musicislife on March 2, 2013 at 11:23

    id like one for prom hair, please, since my prom is coming up next month. I want something I can do myself at home, rather than spend a lot of $ on having a salon do the same thing.
    *i’d prefer one on making half-up half-down wavy curls look elegant

  2. alyssamarie23

    Posted by alyssamarie23 on March 1, 2013 at 17:19

    Can you do a tutorial on how to create waves/curls without heat?

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by PrincessForHim on February 27, 2013 at 21:00

    i get split ends really easily, so i like to curl my hair around a headband. i works pretty well, and i don’t have to use heat! here’s how: http://patchworkcactus.typepad.com/blog/2012/08/heat-free-curls-tutorial.html

  4. ColbyCheese

    Posted by ColbyCheese on February 27, 2013 at 14:23

    I tried it, but I am not that good at it. Also, my hair is long and thick so curls go straight right away. But it looks pretty on you!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Whitney2800 on February 27, 2013 at 13:24

    Can you do a video? I think i’d be cool to do an updo for medium length hair 🙂

  6. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on February 26, 2013 at 17:28

    I love waves in my hair!! They look cute! Thanks Nicole for the tip! 🙂

  7. Musician4Life

    Posted by Musician4Life on February 26, 2013 at 11:35

    Love this! I may try the style for church tomorrow…. Thanks! 😀

  8. AnnaLeslie_97

    Posted by AnnaLeslie_97 on February 26, 2013 at 10:45

    I love it!

  9. ElvenPrincess

    Posted by ElvenPrincess on February 25, 2013 at 12:33

    I have curly hair, and this is what it looks like naturally. 🙂 I used to straighten it all the time, but lately I’ve learned to embrace the curl. ^_^

  10. Alina

    Posted by Alina on February 25, 2013 at 06:06

    Hey Nicole what’s the best curling iron and best hairspray?

  11. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on February 25, 2013 at 05:19

    I love it!!! Where did you buy your curling iron?

  12. Aragorn

    Posted by Aragorn on February 25, 2013 at 04:51

    could you make one for a cute bun?:)

  13. emerald

    Posted by emerald on February 24, 2013 at 20:30

    you look pretty @nicole

  14. Joybell

    Posted by Joybell on February 24, 2013 at 19:00

    Nicole do you have really thick hair? Because I do so I am not sure how this would turn out.

  15. SingingSara6

    Posted by SingingSara6 on February 24, 2013 at 17:45

    Thats super cute!! My sweet sixteen is coming up so I might try it for the party 🙂

  16. Hug

    Posted by Hug on February 24, 2013 at 17:42

    I don’t use heat on my hair, but this is a great little tutorial! Thank you for sharing Nicole!! <3

  17. PolkaDotXO

    Posted by PolkaDotXO on February 24, 2013 at 17:33

    so pretty! love this! 😀

    where did you get that dress!??! when my hair grows out some i’ll definitely try this style!

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheGoodLife on February 24, 2013 at 16:44

    I think you should do a feature post on how bald can be beautiful too. I’m a bald teenager because of Alopecia and while it’s both a blessing AND a burden and I certainly never get offended or something with hair-related topics (that would be selfish of me…I’m such a minority and something so normal is absolutely and totally 100% fine), but it would be fantastic and really spirit-lifting to me to get a sort of shout out to the bald community and just to say that Bald is Beautiful!

  19. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on February 24, 2013 at 16:00

    Wow nicole! That looks gorgeous! Thanks:) I have a bunch of different curling strategies but I was looking for something more wavy like this!

  20. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on February 24, 2013 at 14:44

    Nicole, you should show us how to do some awesome nail designs! How does that sound?

  21. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on February 24, 2013 at 14:44

    Very pretty! Can you give suggestions on what girls can do if they have naturally curly hair? Everything seems to look better with straight hair. :/

  22. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on February 24, 2013 at 14:34

    Nicole my hair can never hold a curl or wave do you have any tips or products that could help

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by godlygirl on February 25, 2013 at 13:49

      I have the same problem as @sha566. Do you have any tips or hair products that might help?

      • npytlinski@gmail.com

        Posted by npytlinski@gmail.com on February 26, 2013 at 07:22

        Hardhead by Bed Head. A bit expensive, but it for sure helps. Spray before you curl. And a tiny bit after.

  23. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on February 24, 2013 at 14:33

    Beautiful! Thanks for this tutorial!