How to do undone, beachy hair

Tousled beach waves are one of the season’s most in-demand hair looks. While you want them to look as if you just rolled out of the ocean, they do require a bit of nifty work with the GHD. We caught up with hair maestro Brad Ngata who demonstrates the process on the beautiful Tatyana. Here’s what you do…

Beauticate loves...Tatyana Gillam by Jake Terrey

Beauticate loves...Tatyana Gillam by Jake Terrey

Step 1: Blowdry with volume

“Smooth the natural texture out of the hair to just get a nice, clean consistency,” says Brad. “I’ve just used a little bit of root volume spray, a mousse, for a little bit of grip into the hair and then we’re just smoothing it out. The trick to a smooth shiny blowdry is to direct the nozzle of the hair dryer down the shaft of the hair with a big round barrel brush.”  

Step 2: Create waves with an iron

“Use either a straightening iron like I did here, twisting the hair back on itself,” says Brad. “or I've recently discovered Ego Professional Twist - a new tool to the market that has a series of bobbles along the length of the wand creating waves but even heat distribution.

Take sections about 4 cm x 4cm and from the mid length wrap the hair away from the face run the iron or tong up and down the hair like a bungee jump this gives hair "movement" be sure over curl the ends , its OK if they are left straight.

Do this pattern around the head till all the hair is styled. I like L'Oreal Professional plus a nifty setting lotion that locks in the movement while protecting from heat.

Important to let the hair cool down completely this gives you a longer lasting curl/movement

Step 3: Create grit and texture with hair powder

“Sprinkle some L'Oreal Professionnel Texture Dust within the hair this will give you the Beach texture,” says Brad.” Use your fingers to massage it into the roots, creating volume and ‘oomph’.

Step 4: Shake it out

Next you want to loosen the curls. “I like to use a large tooth comb or fingers to rake out the set and break the hair up giving a relaxed finish.” Says Brad.


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Story by Sigourney, photography by Jake Terrey, hair by Brad Ngata and Makeup by Desiree Wise.