Wavy Hair Tutorial

Welcome to YSAJ 2014! Get ready for a heck of a lot more tutorials! Girls with straight hair often want curly hair, and girls with curly hair often want straight hair, but where does that leave girls with wavy hair? Wavy hair is tough, some days it air dries like a Victoria's Secret model, and some days it just looks homeless.

Enter: Your Stylist AJ! When Chicago wedding and lifestyle photographer, Christy Tyler, posted on Instagram about discovering she had some natural wave/curl but didn't know how to style it, I invited her to come into Thomas West Salon. I taught Christy how to easily embrace her natural texture and rock it!

You will need:

  • a Wet Brush or comb
  • curl enhancing products // we used Aveda Be Curly (even Chloe pup digs it!) and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse (both available at Thomas West Salon)
  • curling iron or wand (optional)

products used


Lets get started! (In my best aerobics instructor voice!)

1. Shampoo, Condition from ponytail down, and towel dry hair. Comb through, and towel dry again. If too much water is still in the hair, it will actually create a barrier for the product. Add your curl enhancing product to your palms, and rake fingers and hands through your hair, beginning at the ends, and using what's "left over" on your roots. curls step 1 2. Comb large sections of hair up at a 90 degree angle, and begin twisting away from the face. Twisting with the 90 degree angle ensures you get plenty of volume. Work your way back section by section until all hair is twisted. curls pic 2 twistIt should look a little like this!


3. I suggest doing steps 1 and 2 at night, and sleeping with your damp twisties either down or in a messy bun, from there you can wake up and shake it out! How cute is Christy!? If you prefer to shower in the morning, I suggest air drying.

shake it out pic 4 4. Most girls with natural texture have the most wave in the ends, I recommend touching up just a few pieces on top for added polish and volume. You can do this using a regular curling iron, curling wand, or by curling with your flat iron. (BONUS TIP: You can use your curling iron like a wand by not opening the clamp!) wand pic six5. Add a finishing product and work through to add volume and extra dimension. Hair spray is great here, but I like breaking the rules and using mousse sometimes! mouse pic 6It's that easy! If you sleep with your wet twisties, all you have to do is wake up to shake and add a lil product! Plus skipping the step of blow drying gives your hair a break from high heat!

Have fun! XO AJ

Photos by Christy Tyler Photography 


What's in my shower?


My shower product roster is always evolving, but I'm loving the line up right now.

1. Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo (available at Thomas West Salon)

I've been using this shampoo on and off for seven years. It neutralizes brassiness and prevents build-up. I SWEAR by using liters of shampoo in the shower. One pump is exactly the amount of shampoo you should be using, and it's just easy. AND if you're using Aveda liters, there's a great price cut. One liter of shampoo or conditioner contains the same amount as four small bottles, but for the price of three. Oh, and there's less waste. Yes please! (P.S. This shampoo doubles as an amazing Jewelry cleaner!)

2. Pureology Perfect for Platinum Conditioner (available at Thomas West Salon)

Jam packed with protein, chamomile for softening, lemon for brightening, Coriander for nourishing. If you're blonde, you need all of the above.

3. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (available at Thomas West Salon)

A no fuss cleanser. I have sensitive skin and this cleanser is gentle yet totally productive. It removes all my makeup and a little goes a long way!

4. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (available at Thomas West Salon)

UM! Microfoliant is my JAM! I get spooked by exfoliating with hard scratchy scrubs. Something tells me if it FEELS rough on your skin, it IS rough on your skin. This microfoliant sprinkles into your hand in powder form, rubbed together with water it becomes a creamy paste. TRUST ME... this makes your face feel like you're eight years old. It's fairy dust I swear.

5. Trader Joes Refresh Body Wash (available at Trader Joes, and amazon.com)

Inexpensive, pure ingredients, totally affordable, refreshing fragrance. I feel so fresh and so clean after loofahing with this stuff!

6. L'Occitane Shower Oil (available at usa.loccitane.com)

If you follow the blog you know I'm obsessed with this liquid gold. If you missed me raving about it check this out!

(I know it's confusing that I have two body washes. I use the body wash to clean, and the shower oil to shave.)



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