Everyone has seen the long, flowing, effortless beachy waves and curls that are so popular at the moment. But for those of us without a personal stylist or several hours in the morning to do our hair, is achieving that look on a regular basis really realistic?

Fortunately, with a few simple tricks and easy-to-use products, this beautiful and trendy hairstyle is within reach for even the most beginner hairstylists among us.

– When you are trying to achieve wave and texture while going from wet hair to dry hair, the best bet is to start with a volumizing shampoo. Our preferred brand at Element Salon is Kérastase’s volumizing shampoo, but there are many different types of quality volumizing shampoos on the market.

– Before moving to the blow-drying phase, use a heat protector like Kérastase’s Nectar Thermique. This helps to keep your hair from being damaged by the high temperatures of your hair dryer.

– There are several different methods for blow-drying. You can use a round brush, which takes a little practice to learn how to do. Or you can simply flip your head over and employ a power dry using a diffuser for maximum volumizing effect.

– Once your hair is mostly dry, you can start to curl it. At Element Salon, we use GHD curling irons, but no matter which iron you choose, you want to make sure that you keep it at a 1” barrel for medium length hair and a 1.25” barrel for longer hair.

– The most important factor in how a curl turns out and whether it stays in place is what product you use. Choosing a quality multipurpose texturizing spray like Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave spray will create volume without looking or feeling sticky.

– Curl your hair in just a few parts. Divide it in half, top to bottom, and then separate each half into four or five pieces. In total, unless your hair is extremely thick, you should not need more than ten or so pieces to be able to curl your entire head.

– Curl the middle only. Do not curl all the way to the roots, or all the way to the tips. Leave about an inch in either direction, as this will achieve that “beachy” look. Make sure to curl away from your face, too.

– At the end, wait for your hair to cool so the curls have time to set and run your hands through your hair gently.

– Finish with a few more spritzes of texturizing spray, or for especially unmanageable hair, try a hairspray like Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer hairspray, which will give a strong and durable hold without making your head or hands feel sticky.

– And last but not least: be fabulous!

Following the above steps will give you effortless, flowing, wavy locks that look like you got them professionally done. But for the times when you really do need a professional, Element Salon Nashville is here for you. Schedule an appointment with one of our talented hair stylists by calling (615) 383-2045, or visit our website at elementsalonnashville.com.


If you are someone who is a dedicated blonde—blonde year-in and year-out—it is natural to be wary of major hair color changes. But it is also normal to want a bit of a change as seasons come and go: perhaps a slight highlight shift or a new color sheen that will give you an updated look without doing anything too drastic.

With a little extra communication with your stylist, a smooth and stylish transition to winter weather is very achievable. There are many options for blondes who want to go a little darker or richer for the season without undoing all the work they have done to keep up their light locks.

At Element Salon, we can do something as simple as adding an easy toner, which will give your blonde hair a “caramelized” or “buttery” sheen that will last many weeks and give you the opportunity to try out a darker tone without committing to it permanently. If you are absolutely sure you would like to go a shade or two darker, we can do a tasteful and natural-looking lowlight that will bring out your existing colors and add depth and fluidity to your entire look.

If you are not sure what you want to do, our qualified stylists at Element Salon can work with you to ensure that you walk away with a style and color you love. Pictures are extremely helpful. If you have any pictures of friends or celebrities whose hair color you like, feel free to bring them along to show your stylist.

The more we know about what you want, the better! If you do not have any pictures, our stylists can sit down with you before your appointment and browse through Google and Pinterest to get a clear picture of your dream color. If you are a bit hesitant, we can even work in stages—adding a toner during one appointment and lowlights at the next. Our focus at Element Salon is on your comfort and happiness!

There are hundreds of different variations and shades of blonde, and several options for blondes who want to try something a little richer or darker for fall and winter. Discover yours today by making an appointment with one of our blonde experts at Element Salon—call (615) 383-2045 or visit our website at elementsalonnashville.com to browse our stylists and learn more about all our styling services.