How-To: Natural Beach Wave Texture Servicefeaturing Abba
Looking for a way to give your texture-loving clients natural-looking, resilient waves without sacrificing the health and integrity of their hair? Below, stylist Sarah Brink breaks down how to achieve tousled beach waves with Abba’s True Shapes Herbal Therapy Acid Wave in just five steps. This low-ammonia, vegan wave strengthens and conditions with true-to-rod size results while enhancing elasticity, giving your clients the wavy hair of their dreams while giving you a tool to increase your revenue!
Natural Beach Wave Perm Consultation
1. Assess hair for texture, porosity, condition, chemical processing history, lifestyle and medical history.
2. Discuss expectations with your client. Determine if your client is confident to move forward.
3. Test a small section at the nape with one rod.
Note: Abba True Shapes is formulated for normal, tinted hair or hair that is less than 40% highlighted.
Natural Beach Wave texture Service Step-by-Step
Step 1: Pre-Treatment Shampoo
Step 2: Wrapping
Determine the direction the hair should move. Consider preferred placement of your client’s part. Place rods vertically to create beachy waves. Wrap front rods and top row away from the face and the bottom row toward the face. Wrap the crown section horizontally to give fine hair more volume. Wrap with even tension using larger rods and sections. Maintain saturation by alternating water and Complete All-In-One throughout the process. DO NOT WRAP WITH WAVE LOTION. When finished, lightly mist hair with water THEN apply wave lotion.
Step 3: Processing
Apply Moisture Conditioner around the hairline. Wrap twice with coiled cotton to catch drips. To make wave lotion, mix small bottle (Part A) with large bottle (Part B) and shake for 15 seconds. Note: Part B = BLACK nozzle and Neutralizer = WHITE nozzle. The neutralizer is to be used after processing. Apply wave lotion to the top and bottom of each rod, saturating evenly. Repeat. Carefully place a plastic bag over the rods and secure with a clip to process. Set timer based on the following:
Normal/Resistant hair: 15-20 minutes
Tinted hair: 10-12 minutes
Highlighted hair: 5-7 minutes
To test curl, unravel 1½ turns and check the twirl. Gently push the hair toward the head to see if an S shape appears. If not, continue processing. One length or longer styles may need to process an additional 5 minutes in order to support longevity of the beach wave curl.
Step 4: Rinsing
Remove the plastic bag and cotton. Rinse with warm, low-pressured water for 3 to 5 minutes for fine to medium lengths, and 5 to 8 minutes for coarse, longer hair. Use a towel and paper towels to gently remove excess water. After blotting, air dry for 5 minutes.
Reapply conditioner/cotton around the hairline. Shake neutralizer and thoroughly saturate rods, processing for 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly for 3 minutes before carefully removing rods.
Pro tip: Save some of the neutralizer to apply on areas not fully saturated. Gently blot the hair. Do not rub. Wrap up your service with Moisture or Recovery Conditioner, leaving on the hair for 2 minutes. Gently massage the scalp.
Lift up and scrunch waves prior to styling. Mist the hair with Complete All-In-One. Use the chart below for recommended product combinations based on medium and firm hold depending on your desired style to enhance curl, body and shine.
Have additional questions on how to do a beach wave perm? Watch the tutorial below to achieve the perfect beachy perm for your client!
Abba True Shapes Acid Wave Tutorial