How not to get beachy waves

You now how much I love me some Pinterest, and also how braids have been jumping the shark on that site lately. Well, my girl Rox from Unintentionally Brilliant was sucked into the myth of braids. Here is her story. And it’s awesome.


If you’re on Pinterest (which I’m sure you are because who isn’t?), then you are familiar with all the “brilliant” hints and tips people are sharing across the webiverse. There are tips on how to turn your husband’s old shirts into cute pencil skirts (ahem), how to get any type of stain out of any type of fabric, and how to make your hair look picture perfect.

I fell for that last one.

For years, I’ve had super short hair. It was spiky and punky and super fun. To try something new, in a pact with a couple of friends, I have been growing it out for the last two years. Now that it’s long again, I find myself at a loss for how to style it. Throwing it up in a ponytail every day is boring. Plus, my hair is super thick and gets heavy when up in a ponytail all day.

So, I went to Pinterest. I made a board and pinned a ton of ideas for how to style my hair. One popular hairstyling pin that kept coming up claimed that you could get “beautiful, beachy waves” using a super simple trick. One that could be done in only a few minutes in the morning, which is good for someone who can’t stop hitting the snooze button the morning.

It seemed simple enough. Separate your hair into two sections. Braid each section. Flat iron the braids. Wait for hair to cool, then take the braids out. Run fingers through your hair and – voila! – beautiful, beachy waves.

I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, so I tried it one evening. I was hopeful.

I braided. I flat ironed. I ran my fingers through my thick mane of hair.

I think I nailed it.

Have you tried (and failed) at something you found on Pinterest?

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