How to create glamorous redcarpet waves
Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Karlie Kloss – who wouldn’t want hair with that kind of pedigree? We share the secrets.
Own the limelight
1 Wash and condition with shine-enhancing products. Then work a palmful of volumising mousse into damp hair, from the roots to the ends. Mousse can sometimes make the ends stiff, but in this case it will help them hold the curl, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins.
2 Blast the roots for several seconds to get them up and off the scalp. Finish drying hair smooth with a round boar-bristle brush. Work in 5cm sections, starting at the bottom and clipping the top sections out of the way. Dry from the roots to the ends, giving the hair extra body.
3 After making a deep side parting, wrap 3cm sections of hair around a 5cm curling iron, holding it vertically, ignoring the clamp and stopping just short of the roots. Twist the front sections towards your face, and alternate directions as you do the rest of the hair so it doesn’t fall into a perfect wave pattern.
4 Roll each curl up to your scalp and clip it into place. Once the whole head is clipped, let hair cool down for a full 20 minutes. “This is the most important step because it allows the hair to set in place,” says Nathaniel. “Otherwise you’ll lose the curl.”
5 Unclip the hair and very gently brush it to one side with a boar-bristle paddle brush. Start brushing at the ends, then gently from the midlengths, then from the roots. Shape the curls into waves as you brush. Run a pea-sized amount of styling cream over the ends to smooth them and finish with light-hold spray.