Style | Messy, Beachy Curls

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It is a common question I get here on the blog and on Instagram...
"How do you get your hair to curl like that?"
Honestly, I can get my hair to do pretty much anything I want
(aside from air drying and looking good).
I have spent YEARS playing with my hair and figuring out how it works best.
It takes time and patience.  Before flat irons, I would spend over an hour on my hair every morning.
You remember those huge round brushes?  Yea, that brush and I were best friends!

With all that said, know that using a flat iron to curl your hair takes practice.
I tend to always curl my hair away from my face.  I think it looks better and my hair stays out of my face more consistently when I curl that way.  When my hair was in a pixie cut,
 I would alternate the direction of my curls.  It is all personal preference.

Please note that in the video, my hair looks super brassy and orange.
I am not a videographer, and it filmed with a lot of warmth, so just ignore the coloring.
I also have no idea how to edit, so giggle at my "unprofessionalism" and turn your head at the awkward parts. ;)


  1. I am definitely going to have to pin this for later. I can never get the soft wavy curl look. My hair doesn't really do much , but I'll give this a try!

  2. Hi Liz! I just found your blog through the link up and I'm loving it. :) Your hair looks gorgeous and the tutorial is so helpful! I look forward to following your "journey".

    xo Always, Abby

  3. On the days that you don't wash your hair, do you apply those products daily to keep the waves, or does your hair keep the hold until your next washing? I have always used Maskara's curl technique, but it takes too much time that I can offer right now. Going to try this, although my flat iron is ancient - what brand you do you have? Love your cut as well, do you have subtle layers?

  4. You're so gorgeous! I actually kinda hate doing my hair. My number one requirement in a hair-cut is that it's pony-tail length so I can just throw it up. Do you find you still do your hair ever day even though you live in a more remote area? My husband and kids don't care what my hair looks like, so I have zero motivation to style it nicely unless I plan on going somewhere.

  5. LOVE IT! I do mine very similar but I'm going to try your finger method and see how that works! Also! YOUR EYES!!! They are stunning in those top pix!!!!

  6. I love this! It's so easy to do and perfect for moms who want to look put-together without much effort. I love the products that you recommend as well. I'll definitely have to try. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Your hair is flawless! This is the look I aim for every morning.

  8. Very nice curls. Thanks for linking up at Who's Wearing What Wednesdays at Pastries, Pumps and Pi!

  9. Hey, great post! I found you on the Style Me Wednesdays LinkUp.

    I love your outfit. I'm hosting a linkup over on my blog. Its based in the UK and I wondered if you wanted to come and share your post. I'd love to have you on the linkup (runs every Monday), maybe you'll find some new UK readers also. :)

    Laura xx

  10. Pinned! I need to try this! Thanks.

  11. Great tutorial! Very cute end result! Thanks for sharing on Fridays Unfolded! Pinning :)

  12. Great tutorial!! I never know what to do with my hair and usually default to a pony tail most days. I'm going to try your tips! ~Amy

  13. Gorgeous hair! Found your blog via the Fab Link up! Thank you so much for your tutorial, I have been trying to figure out how to get these waves with my flat iron! Pinned and bookmarked your blog!

  14. Your hair (and make-up!) looks absolutely gorgeous! I had to laugh at the beginning of your post because I can't get my hair to do anything I want ... including air drying and looking good! :D Definitely going to keep this technique in mind!

  15. Oh, I love those curls. Thanks so much!