Laid Back Waves Tutorial


It may feel repetitive to be sharing yet ANOTHER curling tutorial, but I’ve received so many requests that I had to! You can find all my other curling tutorials here, and watch this newest one below!

I’m using a 1.5 inch Babyliss curling iron on the highest heat setting. I washed my hair with Redken Beach Envy Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. After towel drying, I applied Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid (I LOVE that this is salt-free). Then, at my root area, I applied Aquage Uplifting Foam. I blew it dry (and utilized this tip to soften my face frame area) and then started curling!

My top can be found here, and my necklace is from Elisabeth Ashlie. My lipstick is Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue

For more recent hair tutorials, check out here and here!

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Comments (63)

  1. Posted June 5, 2017

    This is perfect for my hair length right now, thank you! I love your hair tutorials!

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  2. Michelle Zang says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    You’re not doing 2 layers of curls anymore? Previously I remember you separating out the crown area. Does this way just make an even softer curl? Thanks for these tutorials- they’re extremely helpful.

  3. Dayna Tierney says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    On the reviews on the Ulta website, the beach envy volume conditioner got some reviews for not detangling very well and big being moisturizing at all. How did you like it?

    • Dayna Tierney says
      Posted June 5, 2017

      *not being moisturizing

  4. Claire says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    I love the redken beach envy volume wave ! It really helps in defining the curles!

  5. Posted June 5, 2017

    I’ve always wanted to know how to make that just-off-the-beahc hair but end up with tight curls that are anything but! Thanks for this tutorial! Perfect for date night.

  6. Angela Jane Lomax says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    You’re hair looks amazing. What foundation did you use please. You skins looking great. Always dies, but you look more glowy. .or happy lol xoxo

    • Angela Jane Lomax says
      Posted June 5, 2017

      Darn not always dies always does. Sorry and I checked it 😑

  7. Karly says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Super Quick and Easy! Love this

  8. Fabi johns says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Always so beautiful, inside and out. You are so blessed you have a wonderful family. Ma all your wishes come to for you and your family.

  9. Allie says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Thank you so much for these tutorials! You really inspire me to do my hair and feel great about it and put my best foot forward!

  10. susan says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    do you have a mirror in front of you and behind you when you curl the back of your head? I’m trying to figure out how you do the back of your head!!

  11. Posted June 5, 2017

    Love your haircut and style, you make it so easy to style your hair 🙂

  12. Brooke says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    What texturizing spray did you use at the end?

    • Shelley says
      Posted June 5, 2017

      I’m wondering this as well. Thanks!

    • Gayle says
      Posted June 6, 2017

      Me too! 🙂

    • TC says
      Posted June 7, 2017


      • Bernice Conrad says
        Posted June 8, 2017

        Did anyone get the answer about the texturizing spray she used? I would
        Love to know. Thanks. ❤️

  13. JC says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Hi Kate, does your hair have any layers or is is basically all one length?

  14. McKinley says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Which texturizing spray did you use? Love the look!

  15. Posted June 5, 2017

    Your hair and makeup always look so on point! Love your blog <3

  16. Liz Cornett says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Thank you for this! I recently cut about 5 inches off of my hair and cannot get into a groove styling it. Hoping this tutorial will help – your hair always looks so natural styled this way!

  17. Devon says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    I appreciate the new hair tutorial, and I would love to see more every month. I really think that’s where your blog shines!

    However, I’m not a huge fan of the voice over videos. Your original tutorial videos were much easier to follow because you could point something out as you were saying it. It also made it feel more like two girlfriends hanging out and getting ready. Does that make sense?

  18. Alexis says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Love this! What spray are you using at the end? Is it just texturizing spray?

  19. Phoua says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    What texturizing spray did you use at the end?

  20. Kim says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Great tutorial! Enjoy your all of your hair tutorials! Love your necklace – where is it from ??

  21. karen hull says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Hi Kate
    I am also wondering about the length of your layers. My hair is just below my shoulders but I think my layers are not quite right. Plus I have bangs.

  22. Megan says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    Very cute look and hair style. I have very soft hair too. What type of texture spray are you using?

  23. Heather Jordan says
    Posted June 5, 2017

    What is your nail polish?

  24. Rebecca says
    Posted June 6, 2017

    I agree with Devon – I’ve been watching your videos since before you got pregnant with your first and I miss the old format. I can see that this is probably less work for you – ie. do your hair and then just do the voice over instead of having to redo if you mess up talking while styling… BUT the old way was friendlier – I miss seeing you talk and style! I think your approachability and likeableness is a big part of your brand – so I’d consider that when thinking about the new format which has you solemnly styling… I know!! Completely unsolicited feedback! lol

  25. Teresa says
    Posted June 6, 2017

    Loved this thank you! Kate, why do I always get dents from my curling iron when I try to curl it? Drives me nuts.

    • Lori says
      Posted June 13, 2017

      I do too. I guess I need a tip for how to prevent that. And more practice.

  26. Carolyn says
    Posted June 7, 2017

    I Love this Look!

  27. Angie says
    Posted June 7, 2017

    Seriously this shirt looks GREAT on you!! I NEED it lol 🙂

  28. Posted June 8, 2017

    your hair is lovely!it is a perfect cut and colour for you x

  29. Linda says
    Posted June 8, 2017

    Have you tried the new hot tools curl bar

    I’m somewhat challenged with a curling wand

    Just curious if you tried

  30. Tina says
    Posted June 8, 2017

    You are my go-to girl for hair tutorials! I just love ya!
    I have probably 4xs more hair then you do and it’s much longer, mid back. Your total head of hair is just my bottom layer. Any tricks to get this to work for thick long hair?

  31. Carrie says
    Posted June 8, 2017

    Wait! Salt is bad?? I purposely put salt into a “beach spray” I made from a Pinterest recipe thinking it was natural and would help with that beach texture. Is it too drying then? Do I not want to be putting salt in my hair??

  32. Jen says
    Posted June 9, 2017

    I’m trying your beach waves for the first time today hoping mine can look even a fraction as good as yours always do! Thank you for the tutorial!
    What brand texturizing spray do you use?

  33. Jennifer says
    Posted June 9, 2017

    What is the texture spray?

  34. Wendy Penner says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Love your tutorials but wondering what texture spray you use? I don’t see it mentioned anywhere.
    Thanks –

  35. Shubham says
    Posted August 5, 2017

    Thanks for laid back waves tutorial, I always wanted to learn this and now I’m able to do this. This tutorial is really awesome. Love your tips.
    Your hairs are too beautiful. I will be looking for more great tips from you in future.

  36. Sherry Griffith says
    Posted August 9, 2017

    I have been doing your hair tutorials for as long as I can remember, before the boys! You literally taught me how to curl my hair and I get so many compliments. I always refer people to your blog. Thanks for making my already good hair great. I never have a bad hair day anymore.

  37. Victoria says
    Posted August 16, 2017

    I just discovered your site and LOVE it!! This tutorial was great!

  38. Hannah says
    Posted October 16, 2017

    Do you recommend a curl rod or actually curling iron for the beach wave look. What is the barrel size youre using in this tutorial?

  39. Cindy says
    Posted November 8, 2017

    Hi Kate,
    I love your tutorials and try to practice them with my hair. Do you ever experience any damage to the ends of your hair? If so, what do you do to remedy?

  40. Anita says
    Posted November 29, 2017

    Thanks to [email protected]gmail. com for bringing my ex lover back

  41. Andrzej says
    Posted February 2, 2018

    Thank you for a great article. Love your video!!! Will pass it on to some of my clients for tips!! Thanks again!

  42. Savannah says
    Posted February 4, 2018

    What is the texture spray that you used in the video!! I have very fine hair and can’t seem to find one that leaves my hair looking like this one!! Thanks!

  43. Posted February 6, 2018

    Nice hair curl like your style i was also trying a lot but something missing to look perfect 🙁 i know its annoying but online hair course tutorial make me to look perfect ………no doubt its useful too.

  44. Jo Ann Williams says
    Posted March 14, 2018

    This comment is so random. I know. That said, have you ever noticed that your hair smells funny when you use the Babyliss curling iron? Maybe it’s just that it is new??

    • Kate says
      Posted March 15, 2018

      No I haven’t!

      • Jo Ann Williams says
        Posted March 15, 2018

        I think this one needs to go back! Ha!

        • Lollipop says
          Posted May 7, 2018

          I had a similar experience with using the babyliss pro curling iron. I used to curl with a curling wand, not as often, but it did not make my hair smell. Now that i’m Curling my hair more often with the babyliss pro, I find that my hair has that a sulfur smell to it, even after I shampoo and condition. Wondering it’s it’s a sign that my hair is fried. If so, do you, Kate, has any recommendations to get rid of that smell?

  45. Rachel says
    Posted March 28, 2018

    So I’m going to be trying this loose waves style this weekend for a wedding and for Easter.
    What spray did you use at the end? Is it a hair spray or texturizing spray?

  46. Wendy says
    Posted June 22, 2018

    I love that you recommended this curling iron!!! I recently bought it and wish I had purchased it sooner. Thank you for recommendation, your suggestions never disappoint! Great tutorial as always!

  47. Johnson says
    Posted November 4, 2018

    Does anybody know what type of texturizing spray she sprays on at the end? TIA 😊

  48. Jaime says
    Posted November 19, 2018

    Kate! I love your hair styles! So you have a curling iron that is cheaper than the one above that would work the same? Trying to go easy on the budget! My hair is flat and straight and I’m trying to do what I can without breaking the bank! Thank you!!

  49. Pam says
    Posted December 22, 2018

    Kate how does your hair look so smooth and comb so easily? I’m trying to get back in to blow drying and curling my hair, but I find it looks dry and frizzy. I tried using the Aquage for root lift, but what other product should I try?

  50. Shannon says
    Posted December 29, 2018

    What brand texturizing spray do you use?

  51. Chrissy says
    Posted January 14, 2019

    Super cute daily look. What texture spray do you use?

  52. Beverly says
    Posted July 23, 2020

    How long are you leaving curling iron on hair?

  53. Teralynn Horsman says
    Posted July 23, 2020

    I love your hair I am gonna try!