My go to hair style is loose, textured beachy waves – think that iconic Rosie Huntington-Whiteley hair shot, and a straightener has always been the easiest way for me to achieve it! I have relatively thin hair so it definitely looks its best with a wave rather than straight. When ghd got in touch to see if I wanted to try out their new platinum tropic styler, it was probably the easiest/ quickest yes I’ve ever made. If there is one tool that makes this kind of look easy, it’s ghd’s.
How to achieve textured beachy waves with straighteners
This style probably takes me 7-10 minutes to achieve. I think my hair is at a good length to get the textured, beachy look, longer layers also makes this style easier to achieve too. I always work in sections, starting at the bottom and working my way up. I have been using the ghd heat protect spray, and it not only smells amazing but I feel like it really is protecting my hair against heat damage.
It’s quite hard to describe the method, but I place the plates at a slight angle at the root and start turning whilst also pulling the hair down through the plates, so the heat isn’t on one part of the hair for too long, I then stop around 5cm before the end.
- For the sections of hair near the face always curl away
- When going around the rest of the hair don’t curl in the same direction for every section, try and curl both ways for a more natural ‘just stepped off a beach’ look
- Take sections of different sizes for a more natural finish
- Start curling as close to the root as possible, but don’t curl all the way to the end, leave a gap for a more effortless finish- picked up this tip from the lovely Karishma (hair goals)
- As tempting as it may be, don’t brush your hair for atleast 10 minutes after you’ve finished styling, wait for the style to cool down and set in place
- Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to loosen the curls instead of a thin comb which will break down the style more
- Set the style with hairspray layer by layer to keep the style in place for longer
Why choose these over other straighteners? Are they really worth the £185 investment?
I’ve been using ghds for the last 9 years, I was just 13 when I received a pair for Christmas and they have been a staple ever since. During that time I’ve had no issues, replacement pair or difference in quality – the same amazing styling tool 9 years later. I know that they are worth the investment, especially because I do tend to style my hair quite often. This isn’t just a straightener, it really is a styler as you can so many different finishes with it.
Honestly, without sounding big headed, I’ve never liked my hair as much as I do when I use this. It’s such a lightweight styler which makes curling much easier and it manages to almost glide through the hair giving me a perfectly waved strand of hair every time. My hair never feels like it’s been pulled or snagged at. Having thin hair I do try and be conscious of the tools I use, and I feel confident to use the ghd styler every time. The tropic styler features new technology which reduces hair breakage by up to 50%, which is just another reason why this has replaced my other styling tools.
Not only do you get the beautiful styler, how stunning is the design?! It also comes with a lovely heat resistant pouch and silicone sleeve to go over the plates making them travel friendly.
What are your top tips for textured beachy waves?