By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated Oct 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
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No-makeup makeup, minimalist clothing, and loose waves. What do all three of these things have in common? No matter how low key and effortless they appear to be, achieving the effect actually takes a ton of effort. For the beachy waves in particular, the end result can be pretty hit or miss depending on how skilled you are in the field. Wind your hair too tightly, and you end up with George Washington curls that eventually (hopefully) fall into soft waves a day or two later, but wind your hair too loosely, and all your handiwork will come undone upon stepping outside. Who knew rethinking the standard round barrel of your curling iron could make all the difference? The appropriately-named Bedhead Textrovert Texturizing Iron swaps out the traditional shape for an ultra-thin, flat wand, which is perfect for creating piecey, lived-in waves.

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At first glance, the tool may look like it would impart super-jagged, Z-shaped waves, but hear us out—the straight shape helps to achieve loose, staggered waves that won't blend into one gigantic sausage curl. Section off your hair into workable sections, then loosely wrap random sections around the wand. Try not to wind your curls as tightly as you would with the tool's rounder alternative to avoid any accidental creases. Once you've finished your entire head, run a few drops of serum through your ends to break up the waves, or if you're really going after that punk rock aesthetic, apply a few generous blasts of texturizing spray. Shop the tool now for $30 at ulta.com.