Independence Day is synonymous with fun and frolicking by the beach. If that’s your Holiday weekend plan, you need hair to complement the laid-back vibe. With the advent of beachy hairstyles, the drop down wave –– a textural wave cascade that begins about halfway down the hair shaft –– is one of the most sought-after summer styles. The trick is to make, at the root, straight strands that transition into spiraling tumbles of texture. This fluctuation offers romantic tousle and flow, and is a great way to spotlight ribbons of color, like highlights or dark to light ombre effects. A perfectly free-wheeling style to celebrate your independence, this look is achievable in a few simple steps. For our tips, click style notes.

Step: For styling, cocktail styling creme with curl enhancer. Use a nickel of each. Apply roots to ends of damp, towel-dried hair.

Step: Working from roots to mid-lengths, blowdry with flat paddle brush. Keep hair at the crown flat to the head.

Step: On bottom half of hair shaft, take small sections and wrap and twist around two or three fingers. Hold onto these twists and, one by one, blowdry them up and down with the nozzle always pointing down. This creates soft cascades.

Step: If you need a more defined wave, mist side-sections with protective thickening lotion and, a few strands at a time, wind hair onto curling iron or wand. Hold, then release. Repeat anywhere wavy definition is needed or desired.

Step: Primp shape with fingers. Mist with refinish dry shampoo to instantly amp up texture and volume.

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