We Guarantee You Haven't Seen This Pasta-Related Trick for Getting Beachy Waves

Al dente hair, also carb-free.
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Al dente hair, also carb-free.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

Madonna skips the fork with her spaghetti. It was probably dirty from twirling her hair with it. (Photo: Dolce and Gabbana)

Madonna skips the fork with her spaghetti. It was probably dirty from twirling her hair with it. (Photo: Dolce and Gabbana)

Beach waves are undoubtedly the holy grail of beauty looks — everyone wants them, yet they are elusive. If your hair is too clean, too dirty, too long, too short, too thick, too fine, too straight or too curly, you're basically screwed. Well, not really, but it takes some work to get that undone look.

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Oscar Blandi's salon, where the man himself gave me a bunch of helpful hair tips before I got a blowout. However, I then asked him to go off the beaten path and give me something weird. He obliged. 

Blandi, who is from Naples, said that braiding your hair before you go to bed is a great way to get beach waves. Yep. Heard that one before. Then he nonchalantly said, "Or, you can use a fork and twist it like spaghetti." Anything involving spaghetti usually instantly grabs my attention, so I listened. He wasn't joking. When your hair is damp, he said to twirl chunks of hair in a fork the same way you do with pasta, then gently pull the fork out. Leave the curl there, then gently dry with a diffuser nozzle. 

Before you scoff, I tried it. My first mistake was grabbing a salad fork, which caused some tangles. Once I grabbed a full-sized fork with wider set tines, it worked great, even on my short bob. And yes, I felt like an idiot while I was doing it. But after I had a headful of little piles of hairghetti, I dried it with a diffuser and ended up with some really lovely waves, more so than when I just do the "spritz-a-ton-of-salt-spray-and-scrunch" method. Try it. But skip the parmesan. 

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