There was a time in my life when the only hairstyle I knew was blow-dried, straightened and fried. Every morning: wash, blow-dry, straighten. Repeat. Bless my heart… I was super-duper blond with fried, dead ends.

One badass hairdresser, and a few years later, my hair began to steal my thunder. It’s amazing what a little TLC, and laying off the highlights, will do for one’s mane. Now, my hair is one of the first things people notice about me: thick, long and healthy (and kinda nappy when I wake up…no one’s perfect).

After countless hours of YouTube videos, I eventually learned to curl my hair. I sat in front of my computer, for hours on end, trying to perfect the Victoria’s Secret waves. Sometimes I’d end up looking like Shirley Temple, and other times I’d look like a hungover drag queen. This is not an exaggeration. This is real life: confessions of a rookie woman.

Since it’s one month ’til Valentine’s Day (my favorite holiday), I figured it’s the perfect time to share my soft, sexy Valentine Hair with you. This gives you one month to refine your Valentine-date look.

These waves are an updated version of the tutorial I posted on Pinterest last year. Instead of simple, brushed-out waves, these are twisted, tousled waves – Mattie’s Twaves. 🙂

1. Start with freshly-washed hair – for optimum hold, spray your hair with flexible-hold hair spray before curling.

Hair prep for soft, sexy waves

2. Take a small section of your hair, and twist it tightly at the top.

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

3. After twisting, wrap that section of hair around the curling iron – If your hair will not stay tightly twisted at the top once you start to wrap it, it’s ok…don’t panic.

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

4. Hold for about 30-45 seconds, and then let the curl gently fall off the iron. 

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

5. Continue the previous steps…

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

6. For the last section of hair, twist it gently out of your face – do not twist it as tightly as the rest of your hair.

Mattie's Twaves Tutorial

7. Wrap it around the iron, away from your face. 

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

8. Hold for 30 seconds, and then let the curl gently fall off the iron. 

Sexy Hair Tutorial

9. Let your hair cool for about 3 minutes. 

Perfectly Touchable Hair Tutorial

10. Now, run your fingers through your hair.

Tousled Waves Tutorial

11. Tousle it up a little bit. These are twisted, tousled waves; have fun!

Twisted, Tousled Waves Tutorial

12. And there ya go, the perfect Valentine hair. Go get ’em, girl… 😉

Sexy Date-Night Hair Tutorial
Sexy Valentine Hair Tutorial

I know what it feels like to be a rookie in the hair department, so I hope this tutorial saves you time and stress.

Helpful Hints:
– Don’t use a brush on these waves, your fingers are the best for tousling. 
– Don’t use too much hairspray. A light layer will do just fine (flexible hold). 
– I used a 1-inch barrel curling iron — Hot Tools is my favorite.
– I removed the clamp from my curling iron to eliminate any creasing potential. (You can remove the clamp with a screwdriver.)

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. I’m more than happy to help you out – from one rookie to another. Xo

Love, Mattie Claire

2 Comments on Soft & Sexy Valentine Hair

  1. Anonymous
    January 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Who is your hairdresser?

    • Mattie Claire
      January 20, 2014 at 11:43 am (4 years ago)

      My hairdresser is Scott, at Bijou Salon, in Lubbock.


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