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How to Set: Beach Waves, Alternate Curls, Pin Curls, and More!

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Guest Contributor: Miranda Hicks

Getting ready for the beach, but you’re missing those sexy curls? Don’t worry as you’re in the right place! We’ll have you looking the part in no time.
Whether or not you’re at the beach, you’ll be able to rock those effortless California beach waves in your hair. All you need is a flat iron and your favorite brand of hair spray.

Setting the Perfect Alternate Curls

The Prep: First, dry your hair – Your hair will be ruled right way if you got them dry 100%. Keep in mind that wet or damp hair only lead to damage.

Make sure you have a regular dual sided flat iron to curl with 1 – 2.5 inches of a blade for the curling. Anything less than those dimensions might give you a hard time.

Turn on the iron and wait for it to heat up, then regulate the temperature to medium to avoid denting.


    • Section your hair. (This is optional, but I would suggest this as it helps to manage your hair better. If you leave all your hair open and start randomly, you will take a whole lot longer. Trust me on this.)
    • Place the flat iron between your hair and clamp. You can start from about three to five inches from the root. You don’t want your hair looking puffy so avoid starting exactly at the base of the root.
    • Now gradually start rolling your hair backwards away from your face. Wait for few seconds. Release the flat iron and move it downwards two to three inches before you start to fold it forward. Now, go in the opposite direction as before. Cover all of your strands using the same process.
  • Apply hair spray to let your hair set. You’re done!

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