here is a how-to for the waves i usually do. thorough and fast drying is critical for me. hair curls best when completely dry and the least amount of time to dry is important to me especially since i have long hair and a ton of it. i was sent this Hana Air hair dryer from HANA and it has to be the best hair dryer i have and probably will ever use, my hair was completely dry in 5 minutes! that's crazy. the website carries other high quality products like the CHI Hair Dryer.
i like to use tourmaline curling irons, i find they leave my hair smoother, shinier and the curls last so much longer. i own all of 1 1/4", 1 1/2" and 2" barrels. each give different looks all with the same technique.
as for my color, many have asked where i get it done and how i did it. i do all the coloring myself. there are a few steps but i don't recommend doing them all at once. first is to bleach the entire bottom half. i use jerome russell - the most gentle bleach i've ever used. next, i highlight twice (allow at least a week in between) using a highlight cap. the first time, i start bleaching about an inch above where the first bleaching was done. the second time an inch below. last, i tone with a color deposit - or dye that only darkens and does not lighten. the only one i have ever found at the drugstore is Natural Instincts. make sure to choose a 'cool' shade, it contains the right amount of blues/greens/purples to cancel out any brassiness.