How To: The Boho Wave


April 19, 2012
It seems like every stylist has their own way of doing the urban/boho wave.  This is one way I like to do it.  The key to this style is to make your hair wavy without a defined curl pattern. 



1.  Start by spraying wax through the ends of your hair to add texture.  I am using Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty.
2.  Take a small section off of your part and wrap it around a curling iron towards your face.  For this type of curl you can use any size curling iron.

3.  Without letting go of the piece you just curled, unwrap it from the curling iron and re-wrap it around the barrel again, this time wrapping the opposite way, away from your face.
4.  Hold it until the hair just barely gets hot on the outside.
  
5.  The result is a not quite curly, messy wave. 
6.  Proceed to curl all of your hair this way, taking bigger sections on bottom and smaller sections on top.   

 7.  Once it's curled, use your fingers to fluff it up and soften the wave.   I also like to add a little more spray wax.


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20 comments:

  1. ahhhh! you are AWESOME!!! and I love this..I've been trying to figure out how to do this style forever!

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  2. This is so pretty and seems simple enough. Question: Is there a difference between the boho wave and the beachy wave?

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    1. The boho and beach wave are pretty similar. Some stylists say they are the same, and some say they are different. When I do a beach wave I make it a little more messy and fluffy than the boho wave.

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  3. Love it but I have thick hair - would this take me FOREVER to do? And by thick I mean "fine hair but a TON of it"

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    1. It takes me kind of a while to do it, but I get lazy and just take really big sections on the bottom layer. That helps:) Or just use a bigger curling iron.

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  4. My hair is naturally a mix of beach wave & bed head.. This... I'm going to try next! :D

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  5. Wow, this is fab! thanks so much for your how-tos! :)

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  6. My hair is like Tarah's -- fine but there is a lot if it -- and it won't hold a curl with a curling iron. Ironically, if I just put a little gel and mousse into my hair and let it air dry, it is a slightly messier version of this. I did it often in college. Now I have chin length hair and if I let it air dry, I look like Medussa. I may grow it out because then I can do this look and people will think I spent hours on it when all I did was wash and go! I do love the look, though. =)

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  7. Your hair tutorials are super helpful! I have such difficulty with my frizzy, naturally curly hair, but most of the time I just curl it with a curling iron and brush it out. Do you know what the best frizz control product is? And the best smoothing/taming shampoo and conditioner? Thanks!

    Anyway, I was wondering what size curling iron you use in this tutorial...it looks like a 1 1/4 inch but I'm not sure.

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    1. I absolutely LOVE Dermorganic shampoo, masque and leave-in treatment! The shampoo is sulphate-free, so not much lather, but definitely cleans, even product build-up. Slide the masque through for a quick condition, or leave it on longer once a week. You can use the argan oil on wet/damp hair to speed up drying time and protect ends, and use it on dry hair to eliminate frizz. They even make a great volume spray. All are available on Amazon or dermorganic.com. Again, LOVE!

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  8. i love this, because it can also be done with medium length, thin hair :-)
    definitely gonna try this
    xx

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  9. Will this work with a Remington 1/2"-1" curling wand? I LOVE this hairstyle, but I always have a "defined curl pattern". Thank you SO much for this website; you are a hairgod.

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  10. This is so epic! Thank you!!!

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  11. What products do you ussually use for your hair styles? What should I use if I have thin straight hair?

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    1. My favorite products for fine hair are Unite Boosta Spray and Alterna Root Pump

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  12. hello stephanie really love, love, love ur blog! well can i do this with flat iron??

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  13. Hi. I love how this looks but whenever I try to recreate your hairstyle using the directions, it just look like blah. It looks super poofy and it just looks weird and awkward..Any suggestions on what I should do?

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    1. It could be that you need more product. Put more spray wax or pomade in it so it doesn't look so fluffy.

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  14. This is so epic! Thank you!!! premiumproperti.com

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