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Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we just can't nail perfect tousled waves.

But fear not because Elle spoke to hair stylist, Kevin Mancuso, on what he uses to achieve polished beachy curls. And his secret? A straightener.

"The hair curls up like ribbon wrapped around a pair of scissors," says Kevin.

"The flatiron leaves a natural straight end whereas a curling iron curves under."

Here's how to master the look:

Step one

Prep your damp hair by using a body-boosting mist or light mousse. This will give your hair some added volume.

 

Step two

Then, blowdry your hair roughly, combing through any knots with your fingers. If you use a brush, it will look too flat.

 

Step three

Once your hair is dry, wind a one-inch piece around the top of your straightener, wrapping it away from your face. 

Next, gently ease your straightener down the length of your hair, and release two inches before the bottom of the strand. 

 

The end

For a loose texture, do a few hair flips like Beyoncé and shake out your waves. Hello perfect tousled curls!

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So summer is well and truly upon us and the weather forecast is set to be another scorcher this week.

With that in mind, it's important to get your look right when heading into town for the day or out for a night on the tiles. 

With summer hair, you want something easy and not too time consuming so you can give it a go in the office after work or even in your tent at a festival. 

Sometimes a bad hair day can really let down your whole outfit so we went looking for some easy summer hair trends.

1. The braid
Year in year out, this is a huge summer hair trend and it is even bigger this season. We have seen this style grace a lot of red carpets and we think it would be the perfect beach day look.

2. Beachy waves
This is definitely the easiest of the summer trends as it doesn't require much preparation time. You can either throw your hair in a plait the night before or lightly curl it with the wand before handing a minimal amount of hairspray. 

3. The half-up half-down 
We know you're thinking Ariana Grande, but we're thinking not quite as high! This style is so handy if you didn't have time to straighten or curl your hair as it just pulls it all back out of view. 

4. The wavy high pony
We take our inspiration for this one from our girl Chrissy Teigen. This is the perfect style for a summer night out if you can get it right. It just requires gently curling your hair, however it probably won't be possible for those of us with shorter hair. 

5. The messy top knot
This is the perfect I-spent-ages-making-it-look-like-I-didn't-spend-ages-doing-my-hair look…

6. The wavy long bob
This is the moment that long haired people get extremely jealous of those with short hair. The long bob has just become even more stunning with added waves and we are loving it! Oh… and Jessica Alba is literally queen of this style. 

 

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