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.

Glamour Hair - - Contents -

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.

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