Easy Wavy Hair Tutorial: How to Make Your Hairstyle Last for Days



I used to take FOREVER to get ready.  I would take my time applying my makeup, curling my hair . . . actually enjoying the process.  I was once voted the girl who took the “Longest to Get Ready” in a house full of sorority girls.  Yeah.  Times have changed.  I’m lucky if I’m able to shower on a daily basis.  My getting ready process has been whittled down to just the necessities and I’m working on perfecting time-saving tricks that help me prolong my style and make it easier to get out of the house with Baby Girl.  One of my favorite “tricks” is using Hot Tools Ceramic Deep Waver to extend my hair style for as long as possible between shampoos.  Not only does this make it easier to do my hair every day, but it also helps my dry, damaged (bleached) hair to regain some of its health.  I first heard of this trick through my sister-in-law, Amber, who works at the Beauty Bar Boutique in Wilmington, N.C. If you’re ever in the area, check it out . . .  she does AMAZING things with hair!  Here’s how I make my style last:




Step-by-Step Directions:


Step One: I start with clean hair, blow-dried straight.


Step Two: Section off your hair by clipping most of it up and out of the way, leaving just a small section at the back down.  Start as close to the roots as possible without burning your scalp.  You can see here that I don’t have the waver right at my roots.  Hold the waver for about 4 seconds (that’s how long I do it for . . . it will depend on the temperature that you have the waver set to), then open it and move down the section of hair, lining up the waves as close as possible before re-clamping it and holding it again.


After one section, your hair will look something like this.  (Except for the dark roots . . . AGH!)


Step Three: Let down more hair and repeat the process with hair that hasn’t been waved yet.


This is about where I start the waves (the tool gets really hot!).


Again, make sure you try to line up the waves as best you can.  It’s helpful to have a mirror behind you so you can see what you’re doing.


Day One: After you’re done, you’re hair will look something like this.  It’s not perfect and that’s totally ok . . . it’s not meant to look perfect.  When you get to the front of your hair, leave a little more of your roots out.  If you have bangs you can choose to leave them straight.

*Avoid touching your hair as much as possible!  The more you touch, the more frizz will be created.

At this point you may be thinking, “How does this SAVE me time?? This looks like it would take forever . . .”  SO . . . my answer is that you spend a little more time ONE day to save a LOT of time the following days.



  • You don’t need to wash, dry or curl your hair for a number of days after you’ve styled it like this
  • When showering, put your hair in a loose ponytail and put a shower cap over it (I want this sequin one! LOL)
  • The oil from your hair helps to reduce frizz in your hair
  • Use dry shampoo at the roots to absorb any excess oil
  • Because you can go longer without shampooing or heat-styling your hair, you’re helping prevent more damage from being done to your hair

Here’s how to make the style last:

Day Two: All down again


The waves have relaxed quite a bit and I just kind of scrunch it after taking it out of the ponytail from the shower.  You can spray dry shampoo into the roots to add some height and body and to absorb any excess oil.

Day Three: Half-Up




I use these tiny claw clips to put my hair half up.  They’re super fast . . . just pinch your hair where you want it to be and add the clip.  I’ve found them so much easier to use than bobby pins.  They can add some height at your roots and they stay put!

Day Four: All Up




I use the same small clips to bring the sides of my hair back and then a larger one to clip the rest of it up.  Because it’s wavy (and wavy hair hides imperfections better than straight hair), there’s no need for perfection here . . . it’s meant to look kind of messy and pieces will fall out.  Go with it!

Day 5: All up Again! (Add braids)


The last day you may be thinking your hair is starting to resemble dreadlocks but it’s ok!  Put it all up again and when you wash it, it will all go back to normal.  At this point my hair starts to frizz quite a bit, so I take those sections of hair that have frizzed up and braid them.  Doing this hides the frizz and adds some interesting texture to your “updo.”


You can see the braids I put on top of my hair here.


I’ve clipped the back of my hair up and used bobby pins to secure the ends over the clip to hide it.



Here are a couple views from the back and sides.


SO . . . this is how I prolong my hairstyle and cut waaaaay down on getting ready time.  NO, your hair won’t smell if you don’t wash it every day.  Dry shampoos have come a long way and it’s actually better not to wash your hair every day, especially if it’s dry and damaged like mine.  (Some ladies even do the “No-Poo” thing with their hair, never using shampoo to clean it!)  The health of my hair has improved quite a bit since I started shampooing it less and I LOVE the time I can save by using my deep waver.  Zack is more than willing to take care of Greenlea when I wave my hair because he knows it means I’ll take a lot less time to get ready in the days that follow.

Bonus: First-time shoppers at soap.com (where the deep waver is available) can get 20% off and free shipping with code YESTOSOAP

Happy waving, Mamas!




  1. My naturally curly hair negates the need for this tutorial, but I just had to stop by and say that I *totally* remember you taking forever to get ready in college! I also remember some of us would make “appointments” with you for doing makeup for date parties and what not 🙂 Those were the days, huh? Love seeing your posts here, Scotti!

  2. I have been doing this with my hair for a while now, I have the Conair waver, which does a less deep wave than the one you are using. I have a medium length bob, and this style helps a ton when I am in need of a haircut but don’t have time to get to the salon.

  3. I have this waver, and have pretty long hair, down to my mid back, with layers, I must be using this wrong, because whenever i use it, i look like I have a spiral perm… should I use smaller sections, since I have longer hair? I can’t seem to nail this look and get it to look like yours… and I have tried. any suggestions? or is it just a practice makes perfect type situation?

    • It did take me a few times to really get the hang of this waver, but it was worth it in the time I saved in the end. I would try smaller sections and try not to touch it as much as you possibly can – wait til it cools completely before you touch it. One time I tried scrunching it after I had waved it and . . . wow. Just, no. Also, make sure you wait long enough for the hair to be waved. . . if I don’t then my hair just looks frizzy instead of wavy.

  4. this is so perfect! i’ve been looking for a new way to style my hair since kiddo, when I don’t have time or energy for everyday styling. I always wash my hair every day though, because the roots look so greasy. i’m going to attempt it anyway. the multi day hairstyle sounds so great. and your hair looks great! do you use any products with it? or is it better to skip products if you are going days without washing?

    • I have the same problem, greasy hair the next day. But dry shampoo is critical. I go up to 4 days before washing if I use good stuff – love Odgen!! at $25 a bottle. 🙁 But I’ve found that Dove has a good enough dry shampoo for like $6 that I can go every other day w/o washing (and easier to find). So if you get the more expensive one then you’re not using up as much shampoo/cond, so it’s like saving money, right? At least that’s what I tell myself. 🙂

      • I used to use TIGI Rockaholic dry shampoo because I couldn’t find a cheaper one that worked as well. BUT, I just tried Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo and I really like it – for a much cheaper price. I also loved Klorane Dry Shampoo, but that’s even more expensive than the TIGI stuff . . . but it also worked the best. Like KL said, the good stuff makes a difference. The ends of my hair are so dry that it really helps to not wash . . . but my roots need the dry shampoo.

    • I just leave it down, but I also have a satin pillowcase that’s supposed to help with preventing frizz. When I shower, I pull my hair into a loose pony/bun on top of my head before putting the shower cap on. Doing this adds some volume and then I just shake it out after the shower.

  5. Love this style! Can you talk to us about your eyelashes?! They’re so long! Do you have extensions? Would love any eyelash tips you’re willing to share!

  6. Great advice! I have natural waves, but I totally applaud the whole “don’t wash your hair for days” routine. I follow basically the same pattern of hairstyles you outline here. I totally remember the days of starting each morning with an uninterrupted shower and perfectly clean hair … aaaannnndddd now I have two kids. LOL. Thanks for the great post!

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