Hair Tutorial: Styling Long Wavy Hair

by Inna Kay

Hair Tutorial: Styling Long Wavy Hair

Styling long wavy hair – My Hair Care article inspired me to write about styling long wavy hair. On most days in the year, I like to leave my hair natural and let it be free to do it’s thing. But on rare occasions, either a wish out of the blue or due to an occasion for which I want to look a little different, and that leads me to look at hair styling options.
As much as going to a hairstylist is pretty comfortable because someone else has to deal with all the heavy lifting, there are times when you either want to do something yourself, or you simply don’t have the time. In such situations, My go-to style is straightening my hair. It may not seem a huge deal for some people because a lot of people do it very regular, but for me, I don’t do it too often and I actually look completely different.

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So I’m going to walk through step by step, the way I straighten my hair. I thought it would be a good idea, since I get a lot of questions on how it is that I manage to straighten my very big and long hair all on my own, under and hour.

Styling Long Wavy Hair – Straightening Long and Wavy Hair

Items I use:

  • Straightener
  • A heat protector
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Hair Styling LOreal Elnett Satin Heat Protective Spray with Hair Straightener

Hair sections and Heat Protective Spray

I usually divide my hair into 3 parts: 1/3 of my hair from the back till the region just above my ears, I then divide the remaining hair into two and fix them on each side on the upper part of the head.

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I begin from the section at the back. I apply my L’Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Protective Spray to that entire section and then divide it into multiple sections.

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Hair Twirling

Each smaller section, I twirl to make sure it doesn’t mix with the other sections. What I usually do is try to keep the natural grouping of the waves which form on their own together, so sometimes the sections can be different sizes.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Hair Styling LOreal Elnett Satin Heat Protective Spray Straightening
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Thick Hair Styling

When I begin straightening the hair, I first separate the smaller twirled sections between the right and left side of head. Usually begin with the sections which are harder to reach, begin the ones in the middle, and I work my way to the front of my right side of my head and the same with the left side.

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Using a Comb with a Straightener

I use my Double Row Detangler hair comb together with my straightener. I brush through the section of hair and then go through it with the straightener. I usually do that twice for each section.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Technique How To Straighten Very Long Hair
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty How To Straighten Very Long Wavy Hair

Slowly making my way from the neck region, to the frontal region.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Straighten Very Long and Wavy Hair

Once I get to the section which was divided into half, I usually work on my side fully, until switching to the other side.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Hair Styling

Cooling off the Hair

Once the entire hair is done, I pass my fingers through the hair from the roots, to cool of the hair and let it settle.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty After Straightening Long and Thick Hair
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty After Straightening Long Wavy Hair

Straightening my Hair

When I straighten my hair, it takes approximately 40 minutes to do.
Here are the few reasons I like to straighten my hair:

  1. I am curious just how long my hair is, it’s hard to tell when it’s wavy.
  2. It is so much easier to take care of.
  3. I absolutely love the colour gradation that you can only see clearly when it’s straight.
  4. It definitely feels lighter.
  5. A change for my look.
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Hair when Straight
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Styling Very Long and Wavy Hair

I must say though, it usually feels weird and I do normally miss the waves shortly after it’s straightened, probably why I rarely do it.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Styling Very and Long Wavy Thick Hair

Styling Long Wavy Hair – Simple High Classic Bun

For a classic high bun, I use:

  • Tresemme Freeze Hold 5 hairspray
  • * Large hair doughnut ring
  • Approximately 60 U-Shaped hair pins
  • 15 Hair grips
  • 2 Normal hair bands
  • Double Row Detangler hair comb

* Doughnut rings usually come in 3 sizes and 3 colours.
The sizes are:

  • Small (6cm in diameter)
  • Medium (8cm in diameter)
  • Large (10cm in diameter)
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Tresemme Spray Freeze Hold 5 57 U Shaped Hair Pins 15 Hair Grips 2 Hair Bands and Double Row Detangler Hair

For the purpose of this post, I decided to show how I do the high bun on my hair when it’s straight. When my hair is wavy, it is hard to see what is happening.

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The base of the Bun

I begin it the base of the bun, basically the high pony tail. This is actually the most important part, as it sets the positioning of the bun, you need to watch out how the area all around the bun looks because it is now the time to make it look as perfect as possible and most importantly for me, to make sure the pony tail isn’t pulling the hair. This is important for me because unless I position it just right, I will end up with a head ache for the rest of the day.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Thick Hair How To Make a High Bun

I do usually handle my hair in a twirl motion, as I have quite a lot of hair, twirling it helps it stay in space. If I just tie it up normally, the pony tail usually slides off quite quickly.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Thick Hair How To Make a High Bun Twirl
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long Wavy and Thick Hair Twirl How To Make a High Bun

Using the Doughnut Ring

Once the pony tail is set, you simply put on the doughnut ring on top on the hair band holding the pony tail.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long Wavy and Thick Hair Make a High Bun
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Thick Hair Making a High Bun

Hair Distribution

Then I gently distribute the hair and around the doughnut ring, making sure the entire ring is equally covered with the hair.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Very Long and Wavy Thick Hair Making a High Bun with a Sponge Bun

Once all the hair is equally distributed, I simply slip on the second hair band from the top part of the doughnut ring up until the bottom end.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Long and Wavy Thick Hair Making a High Bun

Securing the loose hair

As for all that hair flapping around, I take small section, twirl them and pass the twirled hair all around the bottom of the bun and secure it with a U-shaped hair pin.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Long Wavy Hair Making a Classic High Bun
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Hair Care How to Make a High Bun
Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Making a High Bun under 15 minutes for Long and Wavy Hair

Giving the Classic Bun a clean look

Once I’m done with all the strands of hair, I use my Tresemme hairspray all around the hair that is pulled in and is under the bun. This hairspray, from my experience is the only one which holds my hair in space, and does not make it look sticky or plastic. It is also light and when I take the hair down, and either brush through my hair (when it’s straight) or simply pass my fingers through out, the hairspray let’s lose pretty quickly.

Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Hair Styling Tresemme Spray Freeze Hold 5

Once the hairspray is done, and before it sets, I brush from the outer side of the head, towards the inner side, where the bun is located with my comb. This way I push any small or loose hairs towards the direction of the bun, and secure them with hair grips.

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Upstyle for Long and Wavy Hair

Up style: Classic High Bun

Styling long wavy hair can be tough, however a classic high bun is one of my favourite hair styles; mainly because it is one of the easiest up style which makes the biggest statement, literally. Another reason is because when I have a high bun, I get to keep my hair away from my face and it doesn’t feel heavy on my neck. Finally, it can be done with straight and wavy hair and it doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes!

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Inna Kay Lifestyle Blog Beauty Hair Care Upstyling Very Long Hair

Thank you for reading and until next time beauties 🙂

Bonus article is a third hair style – Curls. For those who have very long hair and have trouble making curls a reality, check out my product review on the most perfect hair curler I have come across. I was truly surprised with the results and figured it deserved an entire product review of it’s own.

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2 comments

Khadija December 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

You have absolutely gorgeous hair!
Loved this post as I love anything to do with hair and I really like how you showed the step by step images. The high bun looks so elegant cannot wait to do it on myself.
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Inna December 20, 2017 - 3:18 pm

Thank you Khadija 🙂 I am very happy you enjoyed the post and please let me know how the high bun works out for you 🙂

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