Beachy Waves

0 Posted by - February 19, 2012 - Hair & Beauty

What up, beaches? There’s recently been a spate, shall we say, of tutorials on Pinterest for how to get “beachy waves.” I’m not sure exactly what beachy waves are, because when I go to the beach, I get beachy weird, salty chunks of hair that make my expensive haircut look like I went to Fantastic Sam’s and then stood in the rain for an hour, after a seagull vomited on my head. But apparently beachy waves are not that. They are this:

And, according to the blogger, they only take 5 minutes to do, with a flat iron. Yes, you have to ignore that “flat iron” connotes that it is used to flatten your hair. Apparently this isn’t the only use for a flat iron. Here are the steps in pictorial form.

Pretty pictures but I still don't know what the fuck is happening.

I studied this blog post and several others and even watched a video or two, and then I attempted my own flat iron curls.

I’d like to start by saying that I am not a complete novice with a flat iron. I use one pretty regularly for its intended purpose, which is to straighten hair. But using it as a curling iron turned me into some kind of blithering hair idiot. I immediately burned myself and almost dropped the hot flat iron right down the back of my shirt, which, I’m sorry, would not have been funny, even for the sake of writing it up for Pintester. I don’t love you guys enough to suffer flat iron burns down my back.

Anyway, the gods of heated hair tools saved me, somehow, and I managed to recover and finish the rest of my head, even with a burned-to-hell thumb pad. I’ve been known to remark, “I burned the hell out of my finger, but damn, my hair looks good today,” so I wasn’t worried about the cost-value yet.

But then I finished and looked in the mirror. You remember those seagull vomit beachy waves I was talking about? Yeah.


  • Cupcakemancer February 19, 2012 - 1:02 pm Reply

    But your pout is adorable.

    • Pintester February 19, 2012 - 1:05 pm Reply

      Heh. I think it looks like I have contracted a raging case of the mumps. But… thank you.

  • Alana February 19, 2012 - 2:25 pm Reply

    <— Thinks your beachy waves look cute, actually. Although I think the point of beachy waves, "Let me spend an hour doing my hair so that I look like I didn't do anything to my hair but happen to be the kind of person who has great hair when I've done nothing," is a little ridiculous.

    (But what about fashion isn't ridiculous? I am currently wearing a headband with a small hedgehog attached like a bow. And I look awesome. No lie.)

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  • FussyFoodie March 25, 2012 - 8:22 pm Reply

    I like the waves on you too. Not bad.

  • JerryG June 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm Reply

    Whenever I get ‘beach’ hair which is only on an actual BEACH, it goes straight to dreadlocks within hours, no lie. So the whole ‘beach’ hair attempt is lost on me. I’m a middle age white woman with freckles and dreads are not appreciated at the office, bank, grocery store, etc. where I live . . . not on the beach.

  • Chelsea June 24, 2012 - 8:27 pm Reply

    Those look good, and they’re different since you have short hair. Plus, the point of beachy waves is not to have perfect looking hair. They’re supposed to have this messy look about them.

  • Robin June 25, 2012 - 4:22 pm Reply

    Sea salt spray will give you a more authentic look without burning your thumb. But if your hair gets in your mouth you will pucker like an asshole at the proctologist’s office. Just sayin’

  • Megan Powell Du Toit June 26, 2012 - 10:00 am Reply

    Wish I saw this earlier. I also burned myself trying this technique and it hurt so much I had to take an ice pack to bed.

    • Pintester June 26, 2012 - 10:02 am Reply

      Oh, honey! Love to you from the fellow hair implement burn victim.

  • AmberHarris June 29, 2012 - 8:39 pm Reply

    Curls with a straight iron are actually easy to do – but I probably wouldn’t have known how w/o watching a tutorial.  🙂  I usually rock a pony tail daily!

  • Joy June 30, 2012 - 9:19 am Reply

    I always make curls using my flat iron as I find them easier to control rather than using a curling iron. Make sure your flat iron is probably an inch (or less) wide with rounded ends.  I LOVE YOUR BLOG.

  • filmbeauty480 June 30, 2012 - 10:54 pm Reply

    Practice practice practice!  I’m a hair stylist by day, crime fighter by night (I don’t have any superpowers but I can make people look FABULOUS!) and I had a rough time the first few times I tried curling my hair with my flat iron.  Burned my fingers, burned a nice big hole in one of my favorite shirts, but I kept with it and now it’s the only way I’ll curl my hair.  And that model probably spent hours getting her hair and makeup done for that photo shoot. 

  • Cassi July 5, 2012 - 4:34 pm Reply

    I have been using various tool to style my hair since I was 14 (I am 24) & when using any tools that use heat (rollers, flat iron, curling iton, and yes, even a blow dryer), I still seem to manage to burn something every time (face, arms, hands/fingers, head, my hair [only once…not pretty], my feet [apparently when God created me he thought it would be entertaining to give me butterfingers…I drop EVERYTHING–except an actual person…but i am only 24 so there is still time for that!], and i actually burned my TV remote once….the husband was not to happy about that one!). So I certainly feel your pain!
    & btw….the curls get easier…but it is much easier on longer hair:)

  • jenderalcilik July 17, 2012 - 6:00 am Reply

    Stupid hair
    Burned thumb
    Poor photography skills

    and a Comic Sans caption

  • lsb August 9, 2012 - 4:12 pm Reply

    “I’m not sure exactly what beachy waves are, because when I go to the beach, I get beachy weird, salty chunks of hair that make my expensive haircut look like I went to Fantastic Sam’s and then stood in the rain for an hour, after a seagull vomited on my head.”
    Meeee too.  OMG this made me laugh so hard.

  • Tina Conrad March 7, 2014 - 1:55 pm Reply

    Her hair is one length and long. Why would you even try this?

    • thatpandabitca March 20, 2014 - 9:08 am Reply

      *sigh* Missing the point.

      • Tina Conrad March 20, 2014 - 11:18 am Reply

        Clearly I missed the point of this entire blog. I thought she was trying out things and taking it SERIOUSLY. All she’s doing is making sure she screws every thing up. I read on here for about an hour the first day and never came back (until I got a comment I had a reply). But please enlighten me panda. What IS the point?

        • thatpandabitca March 21, 2014 - 4:26 am Reply

          I think that’s what she was doing at first and as time went on she actually started trying. Sarcasm is the point, I believe. :3 Oh and thanks for not getting nasty with me, I do appreciate that.

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