How to do loose waves in your hair that will last all day

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

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Do you try to style your hair in loose waves in the morning but just end up with some messy curls instead? Or maybe you get the waves but they immediately fall flat with in the hour?


Most of my clients at the salon had trouble getting the perfect loose wave that they wanted at home. So you are not alone!


I would always take the time to explain how I did it when I was styling their hair at the end of their appointment, and maybe your current stylist does too. But, it can be really hard to remember all the steps when you're at home.


So I am going to give you here my exact steps on how to have those beautiful loose waves at home that will last all day!


Book mark this page so you can come back to it every morning you need a little help styling your hair.




Step1- Give your hair the best foundation before curling


Before you pick up your curling iron you want to make sure you blow dry your hair with product in it.


See my favorite products at the end of this blog post.


If your hair looks flat, frizzy or messy before you pick up your curling iron, It will fall back to looking like that again. If you want tips on how to style your hair for more volume check out my post on how to get more volume in fine hair.


Step 2- Have all your tools ready


Now that your hair has been blown dry it's good to have all your tools out and ready before you start curling it. You will need :

  • A medium size curling iron (& possibly a flat iron)



  • Hair clips


  • A styling spray product that has heat protectant and is meant to use with heat tools (Like AG Spray gel or Redken Hot Sets 22)

  • A buildable, working hairspray (see recommendation below)




Step 3- Curl your hair


First do the bottom

  1. The first thing you want to do is lightly mist all your hair, top and bottom, with your styling spray.

  2. Then you need to clip up the top half of your hair.

  3. Start curling the bottom half.

  4. Grab a small section of hair and curl away from your face.

  5. If you have thick hair you can spray each section with your styling spray before curling it.

  6. Place your curling iron an inch or two above your ends and wind up.

  7. When you're done curling the entire bottom section let your hair cool down and DO NOT TOUCH IT.

Now do the top

  1. Take your Hairspray and give the bottom section a light misting.

  2. Repeat on the top half or your hair except this time you will position your curling iron differently. *To get more volume up top, place your curling iron closer to your head then slowly feed in the section of hair while winding the hair in. Leave out the ends.

  3. Once you're done curling the top let it cool and DO NOT TOUCH IT.

Finishing touches so your loose waves will last all day!

  1. Lightly mist the top with your hair spray ten flip your head up side down and mist the underneath.

  2. If some of your ends are too curly for your liking you can take your flat iron and straighten out the bottom 1-2 inches of the hair.

  3. Now run your fingers through your hair and break up the sections. If you have dry, dull or thicker hair you can use a light oil or shine product while breaking up the waves.

  4. For an extra step mist a texture spray all over and underneath. This will help keep the waves broken up and not clump back together. You'll have voluminous waves instead of chunky curls.

  5. Last but not least grab that hair spray again and give a final mist all over.


Step 4- Look Fabulous


Go out side and know your loose waves are going to last all day!


I know you are thinking, "That's a lot of steps!" "That's a lot of products!"


Well yes, but not really. Having the right products an not skipping on the right steps is how to get your loose waves to last all day.


This is the reason why your waves always look so good when you leave your hairstylist and why they last all day compared to when you do it at home.


If you have all your tools ready and you know what you are going to do (book mark this page so you can review and have it ready before you start!) all the steps should take no more than 15 minutes. It will take even less once you get the hang of it!


Just like having the right tools and steps is important to keep your loose waves lasting all day, the right products are just as important.


When you use products that are made for the job your hair wont feel heavy or sticky. And your loose waves will last all day because the products are working together.


My favorite products to make loose waves last all day.


Here are my favorite products that I have used hundreds of times on my clients. These products will help your waves hold and wont feel heavy or sticky.


Blowdry products:


Ouidad featherlight styling cream:

This is one of my favorite blow dry creams. I used it on every client! It's great for all hair thickness and textures.


What I love about it most is that it has built in heat protectant and It has anti humidity ingredients. It can also give you volume while smoothing out frizzy hair.


This does have wheat protein in it, so if you are gluten intolerant with your hair and skin care products you can also check out Hairstory's Dressed Up


If you'd like to get Ouidad feather light styling cream click on the picture below.




Hairstory Dressed Up:

Dressed up is also a great option for a blow dry lotion. It's not heavy and works great for fine hair. Just like Ouidad's styling cream, it has a built in heat protectant too!


Since I am a retailer of Hairstory products my links give you 20% off your first order!

If you'd like to get Dressed Up just click on the picture below.




Finishing Products:


Hairstory Undressed:

Undressed is a pump texture spray. It is not sticky and gives great hold with out drying your hair!


Since I am a retailer of Hairstory products my links give you 20% off your first order!

If you'd like to get Undressed just click on the picture below.


Ouidad volumizing texture spray:

This spray is great! It's an aerosol spray so it gives you a strong burst of fine mist. Use a sweeping motion when applying it. Because it was made for curls it adds a little shine and wont dry out your hair! Check it out by clicking the photo below.



Ouidad Curl last flexible hold hairspray:

This hair spray is just one of my favorite products period. Its never crunchy or stiff but gives your hair great hold.


I love it for loose curls because you can layer it on while curling your hair and your hair will still feel great.


The more layers of spray, the more hold. The less and lighter your spray it on the lighter the hold. So you can control how firm of a hold the hairspray will be.


Also the best part of this hairspray is that it is Anti-humidity and water free! This means it won't make your waves frizzy and it will protect them from the humidity outside; so your waves will be able to last all day.


If you'd like to get Ouidad curl last flexible hold hairspray click on the picture below.