Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows how she does beachy waves & it’s mesmerizing

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I have only recently started watching hair and makeup tutorials, after covering Nikkie of NikkieTutorials coming out. There are so many little things I’ve learned and I’m hooked now. YouTube knows my interests and suggested this video of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley doing her hair. Once I got over the hair and general beauty envy (how does she look so flawless without makeup?!), I found this highly enjoyable. She has some good tips for achieving gorgeous waves. Rosie uses a Dyson hair dryer along with specific hair brushes and products. Her recommended curling iron is the Beachwaver. I’ve embedded the video below and am writing down some of her tips and products for people who are interested. Most of her recommendations are super high end so I’m not endorsing anything and this is just for people who want to know.

Her shampoo, conditioner and leave-in hydrating detangler are by Cristophe Robin.

She uses an Aquis turban to get the damp out.

The brush she uses on her wet hair is by Sheila Stotts.

She dries her hair smooth until it’s about 90% dry.

To curl she uses either a T3 Twirl Convertible curling iron or a Beachwaver. She demonstrates the Beachwaver and that’s her favorite.

She pins her hair into three sections and does the underneath first, curling away from her face on each side, then she brushes it out.

She uses a tail comb to part her hair.

If the curls are too bouncy she flattens them a little using the flat part of the curling wand.

She finishes with a hairspray by Sam McKnight and then Redken Diamond Oil.

Rosie’s hair looks gorgeous afterwards so she’s obviously had a lot of practice, but she of course has thick lovely hair to work with. These are mostly luxury products which I would not splurge on apart from the Beachwaver, but she does give some general tips which are useful, particularly to use a microfiber towel on your hair (I use this one), to use a detangling spray (here are two recommendations) and a brush made specifically for wet hair.

My Christmas gift to myself was a Dyson Air Wrap, which is a wand with an interchangeable hair dryer (which is not as strong as a standalone Dyson dryer), smoothing and curling brushes that work with hot air. I bought it after some of you recommended it in the comments! Like the Beachwaver, it wraps the hair for you and you use a different tool for each side. It’s gentler on the hair than traditional styling and it also costs more than about 15 different tools put together. Holy sh-t it’s expensive. This is why I haven’t talked about it in the Amazon posts, I would feel like a jerk for recommending a $550 styling device. I treated myself though and I don’t regret it. My hair looks like I got a blowout every day. I’ve also heard good things about the Beachwaver, which is still expensive, but more affordable at $200. In fact I saw a receptionist with gorgeous hair a couple of months ago and she told me she uses the Beachwaver. That’s something I may get next, especially after seeing Rosie doing her hair. I don’t know if my hair would look half as good as hers though. Who am I kidding, it wouldn’t but I can dream.

Here’s that video!

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  1. Taz says:

    She looks that fresh without make up because she’s paid a small fortune for fillers etc. Duh.

  2. Nia says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. My hair is like hers but blonder, so her tips are great for me. I have a curling iron but I just never bother to use it. This made me want to play with it though. Even though its just unfair how pretty she is.

  3. Joanna says:

    I so want one of those Dyson Air Wraps. I think it’s ok to recommend expensive products as long as you show budget friendly ones as well. Everyone has a different budget, some more than others. I have straight hair which is medium thickness. Hairstylists can style it so easily and make it look so nice but I can never make it look near as nice as they do. Do you think the Dyson would work as well for inept hairstylists like myself? I’m scared of investing $500 in it and only getting a mediocre result! Any opinions welcome! 🙂

    • Celebitchy says:

      My hair is thin but I’ve had amazing results from it. All I did was watch two under five minute youtube videos to figure out how to use it. I get the best results from letting my hair air dry and then using the smaller wrap wands on it so that’s how I do it when I have the time.

    • Mtec says:

      @Joanna
      You 100% do not need a $500 tool to get good waves. Hairstylists know how to do it because they have the technique and practice it. Even if you had the Dyson it wouldn’t guarantee you would be able to style you hair with it if you didn’t practice it. I personally would suggest you watch YouTube vids on how to do the styles you want, and you will see it’s totally achievable with more affordable options. The key is the practice and technique.

    • Akzhelen says:

      I have got it last year and it’s been a game changer for me! I just love the fact that I can get ready for any occasion in half an hour without having to go to a salon and waste two hours for the actual hairstyling and commute.
      But my advice is to try it out first. I was lucky that my friend had one and gave it to me for a week (very generous of her) to see if it will work with my hair. Because my other friend tried it and it did nothing to her thick and straight hair. My hair is light and frizzy (which is weird cause I’m Asian), so AirWrap is on point for me.
      And re the price: I just calculated how much I spent the previous year on hairstyling at a salon and thought it was about the same money :)

  4. frenchtoast says:

    I’ve never found her attractive.

  5. Grey says:

    The Beachwaver is what they use for the VS Fashion Show!

  6. manda says:

    I would buy one of those luxury hairbrushes if I wasn’t convinced I’d lose it. I take them with me all over the house, leave them in random spots. I probably have 7 hairbrushes

    • tealily says:

      I have a small Mason Pearson brush I received as a gift as a teenager and I still have it and use it daily! It’s the best brush I’ve ever owned, and so gentle on my hair. Well worth the investment.

  7. Monette says:

    OMG, her arms! I want muscle like that in my arms. Her hair and face are also gorgeouse.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Her arms are insanely toned! She’s beautiful and has great hair.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      I know! Forget her hair! I want a video on her arm workout!

      Although I really do love that beachwaver. However, I can’t see spending $200 on it when I rarely (like once a month) style my hair.

  8. Skyblue says:

    I loved the tutorial but was distracted by the fact her forehead/eyebrows never moved once.

  9. Spicecake38 says:

    I have no experience with or knowledge of any of the products she mentioned except for the Redkin diamonds oil spray-it’s amazing!
    I have extremely thick,heavy hair and actually use it on damp hair prior to blow drying,it cuts down on time,and the blowout lasts extra long.

  10. BANANIE says:

    I’m torn because having my hair look nice is a huge confidence booster, but I couldn’t part with $500 to achieve it. Also the Beachwaver has mediocre reviews on Amazon, with the common complaint being that it straight up stops working.

    I’m on the struggle bus right now because I chopped my hair to an inch or two above my shoulders. I have medium-thickness wavy hair. I’ve found that I can’t let it air dry or it looks terrible, so I have to curl it every few days and I am SO BAD. Does anyone have any recommendations for videos/bloggers to watch for tutorials on curling short hair?

    • JennyJenny says:

      I bought a refurbished BeachWaver directly from the company.
      It works great and I’ve had it now over a year. And only paid half of what a new one costs!

  11. Nancypants says:

    Well, here is what I can add:
    My hair is fine and straight as a stick and I just kind of got into the beach look.
    I always liked it but didn’t think it was possible. I assumed those girls had some natural curl.

    First, I ordered this beach, salt spray from Marc Anthony and hated it.
    The entire top fell apart in my hand when I tried to open it and it REEKED of coconut which I don’t care for.

    Next, I ordered this sea salt spray from Amazon called Beauty By Earth Sea Salt and Texturizing Spray. I think it was $14. Better. Lighter vanilla/coconut scent that goes away fairly quickly.
    I don’t know why people think beaches smell like coconuts.
    I’ve been on beaches all over the world and never smelled coconut.

    Anyhoo, it works pretty well. I spray it on the roots down to about my ears and scrunch and let dry or blow dry and then use one of those really large barrel curling irons. I think that was about $15. and I’ve been using it for a few years but what works best is dissolving some sea salt like you have in your kitchen in hot water. Cool and pour into a spray bottle.

    There ya go. It probably costs a penny per bottle and there is NO scent.
    I know something about all the different salts there are now but everyone said to use sea salt for hair so…
    Even if you don’t want waves, the sea salt spray adds texture and fullness.

  12. Sparkle says:

    I just purchased a reverse curling wand from Ross for like $15 (retails for $60 on Amazon!!) and it makes awesome waves!! No need for a $500 tool. If you dont have that kind of cash, just go to Ross or TJ Max and see what they have that is in your budget!

    I am the same way with make up. I like to look pretty but dont have the cash to go buy department store make up anymore because I am self employed. Especially will not pay for name brand make up unless I know I love it already. So, I go to the dollar store or Ross to try out new shades of blush or lipstick! And go to Ross for new hair tools to try. The only thing I do pay full price or purchase name brands on is for professional skin care. Sensitive skin Sunscreen, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Retinol creams I will spend full price on directly from reputable manufacturers. More budget for skincare less for make up! :-)

    Leveling up your look doesnt always have to break the bank

  13. Astrid says:

    Seems like a lot of time and money for some wrinkled hair.

  14. Charfromdarock says:

    I’ve been eyeing the dyson dryer but I’d like to try it first.

    I have thick sort of wavy hair that I never know what to do with that always ends up in a messy bun.

  15. Michelle says:

    Call me old fashioned but I do not like the ends being straight and the rest wavy. I roll and pin my hair in five sections total with a curling iron that is slightly bigger than what she is using and I get a ton of fullness and a ton of compliments. Unless I win the lottery, there is no way I am paying $500 for something just to curl my hair when a $30 curling iron from Target will do the trick. So each his own I guess. #longlivepageanthair

  16. BeanieBean says:

    Eh, I have no patience for any of that, hence my pixie cut.

  17. CC says:

    I want to know how much you were paid to include this on your site.