During the early 2000s, I felt so lucky to have naturally straight, sleek hair. While my girlfriends were shelling out $300 of their after-school job money for deluxe flat irons, I remember simply letting mine air dry as I applied another layer of frosty-pink lipgloss. It was da bomb!

But keeping up with the big, luscious, beach-y waves that are so current now – and might I add much more flattering for the face – has been a struggle. Any hairstyle with texture also requires volume, because (speaking from experience) curls or waves that lay flat on your head do not look very cute. No amount of body, however, is worth adding cancer-causing chemicals to your hair, so in the past couple of years I’ve been experimenting with some clean beauty products to get the all-natural voluminous waves pictured here.

It all starts with clean hair. Amazingly, I have found that using thickening or volumizing shampoo and conditioner makes a HUGE difference. Lately I’ve been using the Passion Fruit Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner from Juice Organics. Certified organic and formulated without parabens and sulfates, I definitely have noticed that it adds more volume and bounce to the roots. Previously I was using Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, which is another great all-natural choice and is a bit more affordable, however I do much prefer the way Juice Organics smells over Avalon Organics (delicious, fresh fruit v. some type of herb) and that the JO conditioner doesn’t make my hair feel as dry as Avalon Organics does.

After washing my hair, I like to get comfortable in my organic cotton/bamboo Slip Dress and Robe from Miakoda. If you don’t already have some sustainable lounge ware, I definitely recommend checking out this brand because the material they use is so insanely soft that it makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a cloud. Just saying.

I then add Rahua Volumizing Spray to the roots, another certified organic product with all-natural ingredients.  I used to use Aveda Thickening Tonic, but made the switch when I compared the ingredients with that of Rahua’s. I treat the ingredients of beauty products just like my food, if I can’t pronounce the majority of ingredients then it’s best to steer clear. The Rahua spray really adds noticeably more volume and I have found that a little goes a long way. I spritz the product throughout my hair, concentrating on the places where I want to have the most volume (top and sides).

Using the Harry Josh Hair Dryer, I do a rough blow dry with my hair upside down, and then use a round brush to finish drying. I find that it really helps to hold the round brush at the roots while drying.

Next comes curls with the Harry Josh Curling Iron. For this look, hair should be curled in one inch sections and all the curls should face away from the face.

After my hair is cool (this helps the curls to set), I run my fingers through them with my head upside down. Then I spray Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray throughout to keep the curls from interlocking with each other again. This makes it look more like waves rather than ringlets, and the spray combines sea salt and organic essential oils, keeping your hair from drying out.

Do you have any other clean beauty hair trips and tricks? Leave a comment below.

Photos by @sdrpick.

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