HAIR HOW TO: The perfect California romantic waves

So after I did my favorite beauty product post last week I got a ton of emails and comments asking about how I do my hair. It’s actually the question I get asked most often, people wondering what’s my trick, how I get the “perfect loose curls” “wavy-straight” “beach wavy” “perfect sun lightened color” look. I’ve done posts on it in the past but I know I have a lot of new readers so for everyone that hasn’t seen it I wanted to share with you my hair tricks and tips.

Washing: For shampoo and conditioner I use Kerastase, Bain Satin shampoo and Masquintense conditioner. I have several little tricks that I do to try and keep my hair as healthy as it can be while washing it because I do lighten my hair, which does terrible damage. First off I never wash my hair everyday. That only dries it out more. Second, before I wash my hair I soak the ends in a morrocan oil conditioner while they are still dry. That way when I am shampooing my hair the conditioner has already coated the ends so the shampoo wont dry out the ends more. Because you really only need to be shampooing your scalp.

Color: If you are getting your hair done, especially lightened, NEVER ever do it yourself. If you are looking to get the natural look that fades to blonde at the ends, the “ombre” look. There is a technique for it. Don’t try and do it yourself, it won’t work. It’s called balayage, and it’s not easy to do. Research a hairdresser that is known for it. Be sure to stress the words “natural”, “sun-kissed”, and “no streaks.” For those in the Southern California area I go to Johnnie at Ahsi Salon in Newport Beach. He’s phenomenal!!

Style: Before drying my hair I use several products, a dime size amount of Loreal Professionals Mythic Oil, a couple sprays of Enjoy’s leave in conditioner, and maybe even a dime size amount of Brazilian Blowouts hair serum. After drying (whether I air dry or blowdry depends on how much time I have to get ready). I usually let it half air dry then blow dry the rest. I tuck the front behind my ears while it’s drying so I get that natural wave right around my face. After drying, starting from the bottom up I take small one inch pieces and quickly use my fingers to twirl it around a 1 inch curling iron. You don’t need to use the clasp.. for more messy looking waves just twist your hair around and hold for a few seconds. Make sure you are curling in the direction away from your face. Imagine the wind blowing at your face which way your hair would be blowing. Granted my hair curls pretty well I never use hair spray because I like it best after it starts falling out, and especially the second day. To make it piecey and beachy though I spray Blow’s Beach Blow through it and shake it around.

I am also am a big fan of the Brazilian Blowout treatment. I know there is controversy surrounding the ingredients but if you are getting the actual real “brazilian blowout” product I guarantee you it works wonders. Go to a good professional salon and make sure they are using the real product. If you are not paying more than 200 dollars for it, than you probably aren’t getting the real thing.

Hope this helps!! If you guys liked this post if you could please like me on facebook HERE i’d really appreciate it. XO


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HAIR HOW TO: The perfect California romantic waves


  1. I've been dying to try the Brazilian blowout. I have curly hair and of course would love for it to be straight! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

  2. PinkGlitter says:

    Your hair is so pretty! I liked the Moroccan conditioner (wasn't a fan of the shampoo). Have you tried the moroccan oil? I put a small amount on damp hair concentrating on my ends. It makes my ends appear so much more healthy and speeds up drying time. I love it!

  3. sara tee says:

    I've always admired your effortless waves, they're lovely. Great advice C:

  4. Julia says:

    Your hair is great!!!:) Beautiful girl :))

  5. The tip about using Morrocan oil before shampooing is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. x

  6. l'artichaut says:

    I do lighten my hair myself for several years now and it works out very well, everyone doesn't believe me that I am a real blonde – check it out on my blog ;)

    but I adore huge beach waves, good job :)

  7. hi beauty! I already read your first post about your hair, in this post there are more details! BUT you are a true blond girl, even if you lightened your hair color. so obviously it is perfect on you ;) !! I've done a ombré on my hair nearly one year ago, but now I like it on me less and less. I would be so so grateful if you say me what you think about my hair, what I could make with it(some times i just wanna cut it really short to don't make so many problem to myself hahaha!) your tips would means so much to me!!

    see you soon,
    xoxo from france

  8. i love ombre effect…i'm growing out my highlights right now to try to achieve the look semi-naturally. i love your loose romantic waves too! can't wait to see your steve madden campaign compelte

  9. SAMANTHA says:

    oh thank you for sharing, i always love your hair!

  10. April Lyn says:

    I love the post, esp love the tip about soaking ends in conditioner prior to washing!

    April Lyn

    the suit for dreams.

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  12. Christeen says:

    helpfull post :) and nice outfit <3

  13. beckymonster says:

    Love those loose waves. unfortunately my hair is super disobedient! but sometimes I will accidentally get the loose waves affect w/o even trying. my hair has a mind of its own haha.

  14. Lippylash says:

    I love the jumper in the second picture!! And your hair looks amazing!!

  15. I love your hair, I have always thought it was pretty!

  16. Great tips! Love your jewelry in the second picture.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    awesome! you beautiful! how tall are you?

  19. Dolly says:

    i looove your hair! and thanks for sharing, i hope one day when ill be earning my own money i'll have for brazilian treatment haha
    Dolly, xo
    Unicorns, Heels and American Dreams

  20. Paula says:

    Thanks so much for the tips, i'm in love with your hair, wish i have it like yours ^^

  21. iheartmess says:

    Love Love your style, it's both chic and comfortable.
    Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I have dark hair, but I'm definitely taking your tips on how you style your hair.

  22. Ally says:

    Your hair looks so beautiful here! I wish I could get mine to look like that

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