It seems that everyone is wanting to do the whole boho waves, carefree look now-a-days. (And by “everyone” I mean me.)
Fashion icons Mary-Kate Olsen, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie regularly sport a messy, bed-head boho waves hairstyle is loved by many – and it’s surprisingly easy to do, especially without heat!
Must have: Volume. Having limp hair will only make your waves look stringy. This style calls for natural looking volume that stays day-in-and-day-out, so opt for creating some volume through the hair, especially at the crown area and the chin area. Find out more of my hair volume tips.
The Big Tease. If you have flat hair, tease your hair at the crown for some volume on top. Set with hairspray (this hairspray is the best) so it doesn’t fall flat again. Teasing/backcombing can damage your hair though, so if you’re gonna do this a lot, definitely check out how to backcomb hair without damaging it.
The trick is… Braids. To get the boho waves without heat, the big secret it in braiding. Braid your hair ’til your heart’s content before going to bed. Depending on the style of braids you want, you can braid your hair in small, tight braids for a more crimped, full look, or looser, big braids for looser waves. The next morning, after braiding, spritz your braids with some hairspray before releasing, and gently run your fingers through the braids to open up the waves.
Dirt-inspired hair colors. If you really want to go all out in this boho waves look, the color matters too. Think ashy, subtle, earthy colors; for example dirty blonde instead of platinum blonde – so much softer and natural looking. Also, carefully placed highlights near your crown will also complement your hippie waves beautifully.
Sea salt spray. I’d recommend using a beach salt spray for your hair – this one is one of my faves – if you’re looking to have that really loose, boho waves. Sea salt spray gives that crisp, messy texture that looks like we’ve just been out in nature all day.