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Lazy Girl Waves


Fact: straight hair does not suit me well. My hair—at least at this length—is best suited for soft, beachy waves and I’m perfectly okay with that. Except of course when my hair got straighter after childbirth and I realized there is no time to curl my hair on the daily while caring for a newborn.

Enter my lazy girl hair solution for waves and volume.

At night, I simply put my hair in a single French braid, starting at the top of my head. (If I shower, I give my hair a quick low dry first.) In the morning, I unravel it, brush it lightly with a paddle brush to settle the waves, and work out a side part that looks good. From there, here are a few tips…

Style It // This gives the perfect thick, voluminous, wavy hair base for any style. Lately I’m all about the loose low pony, but I also love wearing my hair down or with a tiny clip holding it half up. The sky’s the limit!

Give It Texture // Though I often keep it product free since my hair keeps the wave well on its own, a surf or salt spray is perfect for defining the waves and adding volume—especially if you’re wearing it in a ponytail. I like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray or John Masters Organics Sea Mist.

Make It Last // Dry shampoo not only will cut the grease so you can skip a shower some nights, it also adds even more volume and texture. My favorite kind also happens to be super inexpensive—Suave Keratin Infusion.

What time saving hair strategies do you live by?

P.S. A quick guide to mermaid hair and some bohemian braids to try.


  • Reply
    ali grace | cookies and grace
    January 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Love love love. I’m doing this tonight! I feel the same about my hair – straight is not my best look. I’m always on the lookout for easy/low maintenance wavy hair and this is perfect! Also, I use the Suave dry shampoo too. It works, it smells good, and it doesn’t break the bank!

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      Natalie Borton
      January 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Let me know how it turns out for you! I’m with you on the cheap shampoo, too—the fancier the shampoo, the weirder my hair turns out. I love drugstore hair products!

  • Reply
    January 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I tried this and loved it. I had to teach myself how to french braid it doesnt look great but it sure looks great in the morning so who cares! Honest shampoo and conditioner is my favorite. Its simple and has the light scent. Makes my hair feel clean and healthy.

    • Reply
      Natalie Borton
      January 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Awesome!! So glad you figured it out and are enjoying waking up with your hair done ;)

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