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Stretched Waves: 3 Hair Styling Techniques to Help You Get The Look

Move over beach waves!

Truth be told, we haven’t come across a wavy hairstyle we didn’t like. From crimped hairstyles to super defined waves, there are many iterations of the look to enjoy. Right now we’re really into the look of stretched waves. The look gives us wavy bed head hair on another level. This lived-in look is super chic when done right and we’re here to share a few tips with you.

Read on to learn how you can score stretched waves on your hair:

Tips for Creating Stretched Waves on Hair

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Stretch waves are the new beach wave. Photo credit:

1. Wavy Hair Products

One way you can achieve a stretched out wavy pattern on naturally wavy hair is with the right hair products. For this style, in particular, refrain from using products that tout definition. While we do want some type of definition, too much of it will create too much of a perfect and precise shape. Instead, opt for a product like salt spray to wake the texture up without shrinkage. Our go-to for this is Love Beauty Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray.

2. Braid hair while wet.

For a looser, stretched waves finish, you can try the braiding technique. You can do this on wash day or by simply spray your hair with water, setting your hair with a few braids and allowing it to dry. The braids will help stretch out your wavy hair pattern.

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Use a curling wand to get the stretched, soft waves look. Photo credit:

3. Use a hair wand.

If all else fails, you can always use a hair wand to achieve the stretched waves look with a soft touch. You can even use a flat iron to create waves as well. After your hair cools, set with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 and scrunch with your hands to achieve the lived-in stretched waves look.

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