Letting ringlets loose

prettylilcurlsprettylilcurls Registered Users Posts: 5
Hey all. Love me some ringlets but sometimes I just wanna rock the sexy beach waves without using a curling iron. Is there any way to do this, save sleeping in a gel-covered braid?
"I open my door
And here's what occurs
A pretty little girl
With pretty little curls
Leads to the side
Leans on my mind"

- Avett brothers

Isaiah 40:29


  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    When I had longer hair w/out so many layers, I used to do this for a temporary change, to go from very curly to strongly wavy:

    Washed or cowashed my hair at night. Combed through extra LI conditioner and/or some gel. Created one or two loose braids.

    (If the braid is too tight, it will take much longer to dry. Also, the tighter the braid, the tighter the resulting wave pattern. If too tight it creates an unnaturally strong crimp pattern rather than "beach waves" IMO)

    I then gently squeezed the length of the braid to release some moisture.

    I slept in the braid. The next day I gently unwound the braid and that was it.

    If you're a violent sleeper, you could wrap your pillow in a towel first, then place it inside a satin pillow sheet ... or simply wear a hair bonnet, though that can slow down drying time some.

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