Beach waves are on-trend any time of year, and between air-drying, overnight styling hacks, and flat iron techniques, there are so many ways to create that effortless texture right at home. However, if air-dry products, flat irons, and curling wands don't give you the results you’re after, you should consider trying a hair waver. This throwback styling tool, known best for creating ‘90s-inspired crimped waves, is trending on Instagram—and they can be the key to getting that wavy texture you’re after.
We’re breaking down how to create voluminous mermaid waves using the Hot Tools Waver. If you’re wondering how to use a hair waver or, better yet, if it’s worth adding one to your styling routine, read on for everything you need to know.
How To Create Voluminous Mermaid Waves With A Hair Waver
First things first: Before you begin styling and while your tool is heating up, be sure to apply a heat protectant like Kérastase’s Couture Styling L’Incroyable Blowdry Hair Lotion throughout your mane. This formula provides protection from heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit while providing shape memory and frizz control for up to 96 hours. Apply a quarter-sized amount of the product to wet hair before blow drying. After you blow dry your hair, section it into segments depending on the length and density of your mane. If you have fine hair, separate your strands into two even sections on the top and bottom. If you have thicker hair, create four sections.
Starting with a one and a half-inch section from the bottom half of your hair, begin working the waver from top to bottom. Press and hold the tool near the root of the section for two to three seconds to create texture. Continue clamping small segments of your hair as you continue to move towards the ends. If you have thicker strands, press the iron onto the hair for a few seconds longer to ensure that your waves look defined. Repeat this step with the remaining sections of hair. Pro tip: If you want to achieve a tighter wave, clamp the sections closer together.
Once you finish styling the bottom section, apply a few spritzes of Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray throughout the hair for flexible hold and added texture. Then, move on to the top section of hair and repeat the exact same steps. Apply a few more spritzes of texturizing spray after you complete the top section. Complete your look with a hairspray like Redken Triple Pure 32 Neutral Fragrance Hairspray. This high-hold hairspray offers maximum control with a minimal scent.
After you’re done creating your mermaid waves, you can style your hair however you want. Leave them down to show off that voluminous, beachy texture, create a deep side part for extra volume, or pull your strands into a low ponytail for a laidback look.
Now that you know how to use a hair waver, you can decide whether or not this tool is a must-have for your styling routine.
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