Need hot locks in a flash? Celeb hairstylist Wendy Turner shows you how to nail these five ’dos super-fast
Step one The key to this laid-back, beach-babe tousle is to tong random-sized sections of hair into curls that start no higher than the middle of your ear. This stops it from looking too uniform and bridesmaid-esque. Avoid telltale kinks by clamping the tong in place at the very ends of your hair, before winding your locks around it in an upward motion. Keep going until you get to your ear, then release and shake loose.
Step two Once you’ve tonged all the way round, apply a salt spray, such as Charles Worthington Front Row Rough & Tousled Salt Spray, £5.49, to the ends and mid-lengths, gently scrunching with your hands as you go. The tiny salt grains cling to your tresses, roughing things up and giving a more natural wave.
Step three To finish, add volume and texture by flipping your head upside down and spritzing hairspray on to your roots.
Step one Tip your head upside down and pull your hair into a high ponytail, making sure there are no bumps. Fix in place with a hair bungee – we used Leo Bancroft Bungee Bands, £3.50. These snag-free bands have small hooks to keep them in place so you can pull your ponytail tightly without snapping any hair.
Step two Working around the hair bungee, use a tail comb to backcomb small sections of hair, from the middle of your ponytail to the roots. Remember to only backcomb in a downward direction, as this gives va-va-voom minus the tangles.
Step three Twist the ponytail and wrap into a tight coil around the hair bungee. Then fix in place with grips and a spritz of hairspray.
Step one Loosely tong your hair (follow Step One of The Wave). Then gather a section of hair at the crown in a loose “half-up half-down” style, leaving out the sides and a small section at the front to frame your face. Working from the back to the front, backcomb this sectioned-off hair in thin layers, starting in the centre of each length and working towards the roots.
Step two Now work from front to back, liberally spritzing hairspray into the roots of each section, before pushing them forward over your face. Repeat with each layer until all of your backcombed hair is pushed forward.
Step three Finally, flip the backcombed sections back into place with the flat of your hand and gently smooth into place using a comb.
Step one Brush hair thoroughly to get rid of any knots then loosely tie into a low ponytail with a band for more control, and split into two sections.
Step two Here comes the tricky bit. Take a ½cm-thick strand of hair from the left side of the ponytail (the thinner the section, the tighter the braid looks) and pull it over the top of that section and into the right section. Then, take a strand of hair from the right side, pulling it over the top of that section and into the hair on the left. Keep alternating until you reach the ends of your ponytail, then secure with a clear hair band.
Step three Carefully remove the hair band from the top of your plait, rolling it down the hair and off at the ends. To finish, give the braid some edge by roughing it up with your fingers. Gently pinch and push it in an upward motion, working from the bottom towards the top.
The braid band
Step one Loosely tong your hair (follow Step One of The Wave) and then part on the left side. Divide off the front of your hair, from the parting to your right ear, to form the basis of your plait. Then take a piece from the edge of your parting and separate into three smaller sections.
Step two Hold the right section with your thumb and index finger, then cross it under the middle section, so they swap places. Then repeat the same on the left side. Continue this plaiting technique – the reverse French plait – towards your ear but, from now on, include around ½cm of hair from the loose section into each crossover.
Step three Tie the end of the plait with a clear hairband, then hide it underneath your hair at the back using hair grips.