I love natural curls. I used to do this type of look every day for YEARS. The big messy natural curls, mostly because it was just so darn easy. It literally took me 2 minutes to do my hair in the morning. Back then I didn't use a sea salt spray and a curling wand to touch up. I just hair sprayed it instead and left it super natural. I like this look a little more though as it's softer and slightly more put together, and it takes just a couple minute more, so it's still under 5 minutes in the morning, which is always a plus in my book!
What you'll need: Sea Salt Spray and a Curling Wand. I use Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and NuMe Classic Wands Pearl. The pearl/bubble wand gives you more natural curls versus a regular wand that'll produce symmetrical curls. I also used a tiny bit of Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Leave-in Conditioner since sea salt sprays are a little drying.
Step 1: Shower at night. Do NOT brush your hair. Put your wet hair up. Look glamorous. Go to sleep.
If I wore my hair straight during the day (aka it was brushed through), then I don't brush it before I shower either. Basically you want it a little tangly/messy. To put my hair up, I flip my hair upside down, finger comb through the roots (so that I don't have huge bubbles) and put it up into a bun, just upside down, so that you would have the ends sticking up over the top of your head. It's hard to describe lol. Basically, put your hair tie in like you were doing a loose ponytail, then with the last wrap, only pull your hair half way through. You want your hair tie to be pretty loose. Since I have a lot of hair, I'll only do it tight enough so that it doesn't flop all over the place. I also used a little bit of a leave-in before putting it up, since I don't use a conditioner in the shower.
Step 2: Wake up. Look a little more glamorous. Or crazy, whichever you prefer. =)
At this point, my hair is still damp. It depends how damp though - sometimes it's almost completely dry and sometimes it's still pretty damp - it just depends on how long my hair's been up and how loose the hair tie is. Ideally, it'll be a little damp, but anything works really.
Step 3: Let your hair down. Spray it with sea salt spray. Scrunch it. Turn curling wand on. Wait for it to completely dry.
You'll want to wash your face before taking your hair down, since you'll likely have pretty big hair and it'll just get in the way. The sea salt spray will help dry your hair faster. You can see mine was still pretty wet here. I just do my makeup while I wait for it to dry and it's dry by the time I'm done - about 15 minutes. I turn my curling wand on at this point too so that it's nice and hot for the next step.
Step 4: Part your hair. Pull any pieces back or just leave it all down. Touch up a few strands with the curling wand. Done!
I really only use the curling wand to touch up about 5 small pieces. Since your hair has separated, you can clearly see the small strands to curl. I usually need to curl a couple strands on the side that I parted. Sometimes that's all I do - just 2 strands. Here I did like 6. When you curl them, if you turned your curling wand on ahead of time, it should be super hot, so you just need to hold it for like a half of a second (literally). I also only curl the bottom half or third. I don't touch the top. If you're a hairspray person, you can use it afterwards, but I find I don't even need that. The sea salt spray gives me enough definition throughout the day.