It's no surprise that straight hair girls require a little extra somethin' when it comes to securing the bag that is beach waves. And while popular culture has them thinking a flat iron is the way to achieve volume or a lift here and there, LA style and beauty YouTuber Genessis Meza is here to prove otherwise. Ahead the babe shows how she sticks it to the straight hair with an overnight braids hack that lends her natural-looking bends by the morning.
My hair is currently at (what I consider) a short to medium hair length. It is straight for the most part with some random waves toward the ends. I have frizzy, poofy hair, which often needs volume. My hair can be dry at the ends and then oily at the root (depending on the environment/which wash day I'm on).
My inspiration for this overnight look is easy, natural beach waves. It will look almost like crimping your hair, but without heat. Totally a lazy girl's guide to effortless curls. I feel like for us straight hair gals, curling our hair can feel like a whole mission, and even then they never quite look "effortless." So I want to show how to get an easy effortless, crimp-curl hairstyle.
If you have straight hair, this look works best on clean damp hair. However, if you have naturally curly hair—you can do it on clean or dirty hair.
Then I apply some of the OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil to add hydration onto my hair since I typically have dry ends.
Once my hair is towel dried (damp), I go ahead and apply OUAI Wave Spray onto my hair in small sections. Then I braid small sections of my hair as shown in the photo. Once again, after I have braided my whole head, I apply Wave Spray onto each section of braids. I find its best to spray some Wave Spray onto the palm of my hand and using my hand, I grip each braid. I secure the braids with small hair ties to make sure they stay on overnight.
Then I go to bed with all my braids intact. In the morning, I wake up with natural-looking crimped hair, as if I used a hair waver. Before heading out the door, I apply OUAI Super Dry Shampoo to volumize my hair and make it look/feel worn in. I also love using the Super Dry Shampoo throughout the day/the following day since I won't wash my hair to make the curls worth it. I apply it to the roots of my hair, mainly at the top and sides. I love the way it makes my hair look more volumized and the smell is amazing.
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