Everyone has a bit of natural wave in their hair (yes, even those of you with fine, stick-straight hair). If you want to enhance your natural waves, here's some tips to take with you to the stylist, courtesy of Marie Claire's May 2006 'The Hair Issue.'
Tip 1: The secret to enhancing wave in your hair is the proper cut & products, according to wave guru Ouidad. He suggests avoiding razor cuts, which cause frizz, & instead have your stylist cut layers into your hair that follow your natural wave pattern. Long layers are necessary for the sexy just-back-from-the-beach look that's so in right now.
Tip 2: Make sure your stylist knows you're going for waves. Otherwise, he/she will likely give you a cut meant for your normally straight-straight hair. (It's easier to cut).
Tip 3: Use a styling product to bring out waves. Spritz in 1-inch-wide sections, coating hair from roots to ends. Blow dry hair from below, scrunching hair as you dry. Stop when hair is almost dry. Let the rest airdry, scrunching it every now & then.
Tip 4: Sea salt spray is a great way to awaken curls. Make your own or try Bumble & Bumble's surf spray.
Tip 5: Try going without the blowdryer once & see if you like the results. Air dried hair can create gorgeous waves if you use the product and scrunch away.
Tip 6: To create big waves with a curling iron, check out our how-to here