textured waves hair tutorial
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Textured Waves Hair Tutorial


textured waves hair tutorial

If you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen that I recently had my hair lightened up for the summer! I went to Matrix Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas for his Glow lights technique, his new take on the classic Balayage, using Matrix Light Master to create the radiant Glow lights look. So many of you commented about how you loved the blowout they gave me; if only I had a professional stylist to do my hair, every day! But since I usually add a little texture and wave to my hair, they sent me home with some products to try:

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For this textured waves hair tutorial, I used the three above: their New Style Link Minerals Airy Builder, Style Link Texture Builder from their Style Link collection, and New Style Link Minerals Grip Definer . The Airy Builder adds volume and makes my hair more workable, Texture Builder sets the waves without making them stiff or glossy (think of this as a perfect hybrid of dry shampoo and hair spray – it’s matte and lightweight), and Grip Definer gives just the right amount of definition to the ends, keeping them from looking too messy. Want to know how to recreate this look? Follow the step by step instructions, below!

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  1. If you’re starting with clean, damp hair, add New Style Link Minerals Airy Builder to your roots and work through to the ends. Give yourself a rough blow dry – I like to flip my hair upside down, then let cool before I flip back over. It gives maximum volume! If you’re already starting with dry hair, you can still add the Airy Builder foam (it works on dry hair, too), or you can spritz with dry shampoo to give it a little oomph.
  2. Hold your curling iron or wand vertically, and wrap small sections of hair around it from root to tip, away from your face. For reference, I’m using a 25-32 mm Theorie curling wand, and I usually divide my hair half up/half down and curl the bottom half of my head, first. If you have more hair than me (mine is pretty thin), you can section it off with clips.
  3. Curl the remaining sections of hair.
  4. Comb out the waves with your fingers, to loosen it all up.
  5. Spritz all over with Style Link Texture BuilderTo ensure it’s evenly distributed, lift and fluff as you go.
  6. Tease a couple of sections at the crown, to give a bit more volume.
  7. Use a small amount of New Style Link Minerals Grip Definer to define the ends of your waves. This will keep it from looking too messy, and will help you guide the ends in the direction you want them to stay. Done!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my textured waves hair tutorial. Thanks to Matrix for partnering with me on this post, and to George Papanikolas for my lighter new hair color!

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  1. Liane says:

    Beautiful as always! What lipstick is this ??

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Too Faced La Matte in “Bachelorette” – thank you!

  2. April | April Everyday says:

    Ooh I absolutely love this look! I’m so lazy when it comes to my hair, and just wear it straight down every single day. I always love the wavy look! Thanks for sharing!
    xo April | April Everyday

  3. Rosa says:

    I’m loving this style, i’ve been trying to create something like this with my own hair for a while now. I will have to test this out and see if it works for me.


  4. Poperie says:

    You always look amazing. Love your hair..

  5. Raneil says:

    You’re so adorable and that haircut looks great on you! I have heaps of trouble curling my hair and i’ll definitely try your tips! xx

  6. Jay says:

    There’s some people who believed you completely sold out, what would you say to those people who are saying that? Also when are you gonna have a clothing line? Love your style

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Thank you! You can’t please everyone, and I just focus on staying true to myself. People evolve – I’m now 31, and I started blogging as a teenager, so I can’t understand why anyone would expect me to be the same as when I started. I don’t know what “selling out” would mean to each individual, but if it’s because I do sponsored posts, I hope that most readers understand that I put a lot of time and effort (and money!) into my blog, and I have to make a living. Each sponsored post enables me to continue making my regular, unpaid content – the majority of what you see on here and on my social platforms – and still pay my bills. As for my clothing line, I had to shut down Postlapsaria because it was bleeding money with my high overhead, and I didn’t want to have to outsource production or raise my prices too much and alienate my loyal customers. I still dream of bringing back a clothing line, but it would likely have to be in the form of a capsule collection – sort of like what I did with Bonlook, for my glasses. Something where I can just design and oversee production, but not have to handle every single aspect or put my own funds into it. It’s just too darn expensive and time consuming.

  7. Kristine says:

    Love this step by step tutorial. I’m curious how you maintain these waves overnight or 2-3 days. Can you share some tips?

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Second day can be refreshed with a salt spray and a bit of scrunching. You can fine-tune by curling some pieces and finger combing, but because you’ve already set with heat, you need to reanimate with moisture (whether that’s product or a spritz of water) before curling again. When you shower, wear a shower cap (don’t tie up your hair). I usually don’t take it past second day, or I’ll use that texture to my advantage and do a loose updo.

  8. Linda says:

    Great tutorial, thank you for sharing. Textured wave is one of my favorite hairstyles but I prefer a bit more shorter hair. In BTW, you are looking gorgeous 🙂

  9. Jarlhome says:

    I have blackout curtains in my bedroom, and they are wonderful. I only close my curtains when I sleep. I work night shift, so I sleep during the day. Having the sun in my face in the morning would disrupt my sleep cycle.