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Flat Iron + Braid = Easiest Beach Waves Tutorial

Messy beach waves don't get easier than this! Plus these are perfect for when you're in a hurry -- all you need to do is flat iron over a basic 3 strand braid and spray in some salt spray and voila! 

flat iron braid beach waves
easy beach waves tutorial

See the steps below

Video featuring creative director Alex K.

  1. Spray hair with heat protector
  2. Split hair into 2 sections, bring the hair forward so one section is on each side of the head (Note: If you have thicker hair make more sections)
  3. Using a basic 3 strand braid, braid each section until the end and secure with an elastic.
  4. Next, take your flat iron and starting from the top, press the flat iron over the braid, holding for a few seconds. You can go over the braid a few times to make sure the wave holds.
  5. Once you’ve gone over the braids, take out the elastics and undo the braids and voila, you should have a soft and subtle wave.
  6. If some spots need touch-ups or you want to add a bit more wave, take a few sections and add in some easy flat iron waves. You can do this by starting at the root of the section, gently clamping the flat iron on the hair and twisting your wrist towards your face while slowly sliding the flat iron down the hair shaft. Pivot your wrist the opposite direction (away from your face) as you continue to glide the iron down the length of the hair. Remember to keep moving! Think of this as a series of wrist pivots as you're slowly moving the tool down the length of the hair. (check out our full tutorial on these waves here!)
  7. Finish by spraying on some texturizing salt spray into the hair like Evo hair Salty dog sea salt spray.

Fancy Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Never learned to do a fishtail braid? We have good news, even though it looks fancy, it is actually one of the easier braids to do. In this tutorial we show you how to do a simple fishtail braid to the side but check out our previous headband tutorial here to make it extra fancy!

The great thing about a fishtail is with a few little tricks you can make it look extra special, like loosening it up for a thicker looking braid. We promise this is one braid you can master and add to your repertoire of go-to hairstyles! Did we mention it is a great style for under a toque or hat? Hello winter hairstyle!

See detailed steps below...

Steps for fishtail braid:

1.     Pull hair over to one side and separate into 2 even sections.

2.     Take a small strand of hair on the outside of the left section and pull up and over top and gather into the right section so it now becomes part of that section

3.     Next take a small strand from the outside of the right section and pull up and over top to incorporate into the left section.

4.     Repeat this process all the way down and try to keep sections tidy and tight.

5.     Once you reach the end secure with an elastic.

6.     For a thicker looking braid, starting from the bottom, gently pull each section of hair to loosen working your way up to the top.

7.     For an extra fancy look you can also warp hair around the elastic by sticking a hair pin just underneath the elastic, then take a small piece of hair and wrap around until there is about an inch left.

8.     Next push a regular bobby pin over the end of the hair and loop through the hair pin and release the bobby pin.

9.     Finally push and pull the hair pin through the elastic to secure hair in place and release the hair pin.

10.  To set style in place spray with hairspray! We used Aveda Witch Hazel hair spray.

**Detailed tutorial of hair wrap around to cover elastic coming soon! 

Video features master stylist Alex K.

Give it a try and let us know how it goes! Happy braiding!