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DIY Insider How-To Secrets For Hair Waves

Hair Wave . . . How-to tips for every hair type

I have this vision of our ancestors as far back as cavewomen, warming a bone over hot coals and twisting it through their gnarly locks in an attempt to get some amount of bend or wave. Let’s face it, hair wave techniques have been around longer than we may believe and with more than one way to achieve the look. Certainly the hair waves or curls seen on the Greeks and Romans weren’t all natural.  And don’t forget those fabulous finger waves we’ve seen in Old Hollywood, or when glancing through grandma’s old yearbook.  So we decided to dig up some how-to tips from a couple of celebrity pro’s.

Celebrity hairdresser Theresa Marra Siliceo, whose resume’ includes,  As the World Turns and Law & Order,  shares with us her techniques on how-to get waves for fine, medium, and thick hair. Siliceo says that if your hair has any natural bend, making hair waves, even in winters drier conditions, is a breeze!

Kate Hudson with long hair waves

Always begin with freshly cleansed hair. Gently blot your hair dry with a towel (rubbing hair will lead to frizz.) Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to the ends, or a light application of your favorite oil (mine is Macadamia Natural Oil). Using too much of these products can weigh the hair down, but a small amount acts as a heat protectant while adding softness and shine to your hair.  Wet hair stretches and it’s highly prone to breakage, so use a wide-tooth comb to smooth hair and remove any tangles. Now that your hair is well prepped, here are some of my favorite ways to get big, glamorous hair waves that hold for days!

  • Fine Hair ~~ Apply a volumizing spray like, Bedhead Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray, to damp hair. Then take 1″ sections and clip them into pin curls using small clips or bobby pins. Dry completely using the diffuser on your blow-dryer, or a hood dryer. Let hair cool before removing the clips. Finger-comb through the hair to break up the curls. For big waves, brush through the curls. A boar bristle brush leaves hair looking smooth and polished.
  • Medium Textured Hair ~~ Prep clean damp hair with a quality volumizing mousse, I like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam.  Let hair dry naturally, or for added volume use a diffuser on your blow dryer and scrunch hair upside down, directing heat at the roots. Wrap 2″ sections around a vertically held curling iron. Use  a 1″ curling iron. Don’t worry if the curl looks too tight at first; it will relax into a wave that holds.  Let the curls cool before misting with a finishing spray. Use fingers to style into place.
  • Thick Hair ~~ Apply Bedhead Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer to damp, towel dried hair. Spray on a root lifter like, Bedhead Curls Rock Booster. Towel dry hair a second time and place large clips at the roots for lift. Then, while scrunching hair dry using a diffuser on a low setting, re-mist with Curls Rock Booster, scrunch sections, and remove clips.

 

 

Beach Waves or Defined Waves

One of the hottest hairstyle trends this year is soft beach waves, also called the boho or bohemian look or beachy waves. As the weather gets warmer and humidity levels rise, those of you with some natural wave in your hair have two choices; you can fight it, or go with it! I highly suggest the latter. There are only a few things that are essential for making beach waves that last; the cut, the how-to, and the right product . . . that’s it!

Wouldn’t all you wavy haired girl’s love a defined, soft look to your waves like Kate Hudson’s? Now scrunching works alright for some of you, but if you want more definition, or more than what scrunching gives you, check this out.  Kevin Murphy, renowned hairdresser and product innovator with Modern Salon, brings us this how-to video on creating soft defined beach waves.

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, a method of perming called, “transfer perms” were done by only a minority of hairdressers in my area. The reason might have been because the process took longer and therefore cost more. But, the results of this double wrapping method for perms was gorgeous! With this method you could achieve large defined curls that held their shape. It basically involved rolling the hair on a small rod, partially processing the perm and then “transferring” each rod to a larger rod before finishing the processing.

This type of “transfer” process is how Kevin achieves this soft defined beach wave. This type of wave lasts a long time because it has a strong base curl structure. First, the smaller rod forms a tight curl; then the second larger roller, softens it to a strong holding larger wave. Does that make sense? Well, this is why I love video’s. . . video’s and pictures tell a thousand words . . . Thanks Kevin and Modern Salon!

Renowned hairdresser Kevin Murphy, and Modern Salon, bring us this how-to video on creating defined beach waves.

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How to do Retro Hair Styles Like a Pro

Hair Waves; Retro Hair Styles Make A Comeback

There’s no doubt about it, hair waves and curls are coming on strong this season. Everywhere you look, you see waves hair reminiscent of every decade from the ‘20s to the 90s. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of hair style fashion keep those old yearbooks of Mom and Grandma handy as retro hair styles always make a comeback. Whether it’s modern, gently curved ends or ‘40s-style finger hair wave, you’ll want to give at least one of these hair styles a try.

Jessica Alba-long wavy retro hair style
1940’s Galm

The look is a sexy return to glamour (Veronica Lake anyone?) and has been featured in the runway collections of Valentine and Christian Dior. See your hairdresser for the full effect, or get the retro feeling at home with hot rollers and a heat setting spray, like Graham Webb Heat Response Firm Finish Spray. After creating a deep side part, set sections that are the same width as the roller, and roll them under, directed toward your face. Be sure all of the rollers are going in the same direction to create a uniform hair wave, and allow them to cool completely.

Once you’ve uncoiled your curls, brush them into pretty hair waves, turning the ends under. Smooth hair with a medium-weight pomade (try Graham Webb Wax Pomade) to hold hair waves together. Then, decide how you want to finish the hair style. Do you want to wear it all down like Madonna or tuck one side behind your ear like Liv Tyler? You may want to add a little something sparkly; Hillary Swank favors a glittering barrette with her waves. The same technique applied to a bob will take you back to the ‘20’s with a super cute, flapper-esque feel.

Chloe Sevigny Waves a Retro Hair Style

1970’s “Farrah” Hair

Chloe Sevigny has been opting for a full-bodied look. A modern take with wavy hair ends, made so popular by Farrah Fawcett. For this hair style, use a 3/4 curling iron. Curl the ends of 1” sections under, making sure they wrap around the barrel about three times. Then, unwind the iron and clip curls in place until they’ve cooled. Once you remove the clips, brush curls into the luscious hair waves that model Petra Nemcova has been sporting lately. The look is late ‘70s-fabulous!

Tinsly Mortimer with Waves Retro Hair Style

1980’s Power Volume

For something less tricky, brushed out waves and curls may be the perfect way for you to get a throwback hair style. This look is a little more imperfect, which means it’s easier to do yourself. You’ll use the same setting technique that you used for ‘40s hair waves, but instead of turning the rollers under and toward your face, roll the bang area away from your face. You can roll all the rollers back, and brush your hair into looks similar to those worn by socialites Tinsley Mortimer and Tracee Ellis Ross. Or, for a look pulled straight from the ‘80s, change the direction of every roller and skip the pomade.

Retro Hair Styles

Pre-1990’s

If you have longer, straighter hair, you might like to experiment with the curled-under ends seen on the runways at Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. You’ll need a curling iron, curl clips and that all-important heat-setting spray. Starting from the bottom, curl 1” sections of hair under and toward your face. To keep the curl at the ends, don’t wrap rollers farther than a few inches up.

If you just want to bump ends under, mist on a thermal protector and wrap just the ends around the barrel of a 1-1/2” curling iron. Then, clip ends in place until hair has completely cooled. lf you’re ready for a retro look with hair waves, curl and sexy movement, dust off those hot rollers, ask your mom if she still has her big-barreled curling iron, and get to curling. Totally undone ‘dos are on hiatus this season, and it’s time for glamour.

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