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Old Hollywood Waves
Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake – who doesn’t want hair of that pedigree? Start by wrapping two-inch sections of hair in alternating directions around a one-and-a-half-inch curling rod like the
Conair You Curl Styling Wand
. With every curl, roll the hair up to the scalp and clip it in place for 20 minutes to set the waves, advises hairstylists Nathaniel Hawkins. Once it’s cool, gently brush out the hair with a boar-bristle brush, swipe on your best red lipstick and walk out the door.
Nothing beats a day in Malibu, but this recipe comes pretty close. Mist a salt spray (try ) over towel-dried hair from roots to ends and blow-dry your hair with your fingers. Once dry, twist random pieces of hair around a one-inch curling wand (try the
T3 Undone Waves 1” Straight Barrel
). The key is to switch directions with every curl so they don’t fall into a single pattern, says hairstylist Matt Fugate. (That’s another type of wave: More on that in a minute.)
To create bombshell waves from this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, lead hairstylist Anthony Turner prepped damp hair with a volumizing mousse (try the ) before loosely blow-drying. Then, he used the Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition White BEACHWAVER S1 rotating iron, clamping near the bottom of the hair but leaving out about 1” at the ends. Continue to curl up the hair in large 2” sections on both sides of the hair. Finish by lightly spraying a flexible hairspray like the onto your fingertips and then gently passing them through the ends of the hair to separate the curls for instant beach waves.
This style comes down to one very important detail: direction. When you wrap one-inch sections of hair vertically around a one-inch curling rod, always wrap them in the same direction so the hair falls in a perfect, S-shape pattern, says Hawkins. (We like to wrap the hair toward the face, like Kate Middleton, shown here, for a pretty face-framing effect.) Brush through the waves with a boar-bristle brush and then mist them with shine spray (try the ).
this wavy style is perfect for short hair. Wrap two-inch sections vertically around a one-and-a-half-inch curling rod. When you’re finished, spray a control wax hairspray like the onto the hair, tousle, lift and scrunch for a roughed-up finish.
This wavy style is your quickest way to a voluminous blowout with minimal effort. Work a handful of mousse through your roots and blow-dry your hair upside down with a boar-bristle brush. Once dry, flip back up and grab large, two-inch sections of the hair. Clip the ends into a one-inch curling iron like the and roll it up three to four inches, alternating directions with each curl. Throw your head back and tousle with your fingers, finishing with hair spray (try the
Tigi Bedhead Masterpiece Shine Hairspray
) and some light teasing at the crown.
Barely There Waves
These waves are so loose, they’re barely even waves at all. After rough-drying the hair, wind big, random sections around a one-and-a-half curling iron (try the
BabylissPro Porcelain Ceramic 1.25” Spring Curling Iron
) leaving your ends and the first several inches of your roots free. Hold the hair around the iron for three or four seconds (your want a bend, not a curl), shake it out with your fingers, and finish with a blast of texturizing spray like the
Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
for a matte finish.
Remember crimpers? Well, it’s time to dig yours out of your bathroom cabinet because this look is back in a big way. Crimp hair (from roots to ends) at your hairline or just a few strands to add a textured detail to a ponytail, updo, or braid.
Bangs & Waves
Nothing goes better with waves than a great pair of bangs. To achieve a style like this one, celebrity hairstylist David Lopez suggests adding a wave cream like the
Devacurl Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip
into hair while it’s still damp. If you have a natural wave pattern, be sure not to run your fingers through your hair when applying the cream as this may disrupt your natural wave pattern, David says. Then, let air dry or use a diffuser.
Another retro-glam way to wear your waves is to one side. It’s also a great way to show off a half-shaven head, as Alicia Keys shows us here. Her hairstylist Tippi Shorter created this look by applying the to clean, wet hair and then blow drying loosely using only her fingers to stretch out Alicia’s natural curl. Then, she used a 1” flat iron (try the
Bio Ionic 1” Curling Iron
) to smooth the hair while adding a soft, loose wave. She finished the look by adding
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
to her hands and then scrunching into the loose waves along with a light mist of the
Aveda Air Control Light Hold Hair Spray
Half Up, Half Down Waves
If you ever have those days where you just can’t decide to wear your waves up or down (trust us when we say it happens to us more often than we’d like to admit!) take a note from J.Lo and do both. If your hair is naturally wavy, part hair along the middle-back of your head. Then, pull the top part of your hair up into a high ponytail. (If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, do the same and then wrap random pieces around a curling wand.) Tame flyaways by spraying a toothbrush or small brush (like the ) with hairspray and gently smoothing over the hair.
Keep it classy with polished, well-defined waves. To recreate this look, celebrity hairstylist Danny Jelaca suggests spritzing the hair with heat protection spray (try the
CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
). Then, using a large barreling curling wand like the
GHD Curve Classic Wave Wand
, wrap the hair around it while twisting. Rake through the hair using a large-tooth comb and back comb as needed to add volume and height. Finish the look with a medium hold hairspray like the .
Waves With Straight Ends
Believe it or not, braids are actually the key to creating this look. Lopez says to start by spraying damp hair with a texturizing product like the
Kenra Professional Platinum Texturizing Mist 6
. Then, roughdry the hair with a blow dryer until it’s about 90% dry. Split hair into pigtails and loosely braid. Continue blow-drying the braids until completely dry. Then, undo the braids and apply two pumps of a hair oil (try
Kenra Professional Platinum Revive Oil
) onto the hair. Follow up immediately by spraying hand with a medium hold hairspray, rub hands together and then gently smooth and glide over your waves for soft, textured finish. Finish the look by spritzing hair with a matte spray like
Kenra Professional Platinum HiDef Hairspray 16
If you think waves can only be worn in mid-length to long hair, think again. We’re in love with Ciara’s ear-length bob full of luscious waves. To create this look, Lopez suggests breaking out a set of hot rollers like the . But first, make sure hair is completely smooth and dry by blow-drying with a round brush for maximum volume. Then, spritz strands with a heat protectant spray like the
Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray
before rolling random sections into the hot rollers. Let the rollers cool, unroll and then run hands through hair to create a tousled, sexy look.