One look that we've seen pop up on the red carpet over and over again is beautiful sideswept waves that impart an Old Hollywood vibe on the stars who wear them. While it might seem otherwise, the polished style can be achieved without a beauty team. Just grab a blow dryer, round brush, curling iron, pins, and some hair spray, and you're well on your way to chic curls. We headed to the Patrick Melville Pipino Salon, where celebrity stylist Ric Pipino gave us his tips on creating the glamourous look at home.
Sure you can blow-dry or diffuse your strands every morning. But not only does that cut into your coveted snoozing, the added heat can damage your strands. Save time (and your hair's integrity) by shampooing and air-drying at night instead. So get more sleep, along with three nighttime styling ideas, when you read more.
It may still be sunny across the nation, but Lily Collins took a cool-weather beauty look for a spin at last night's Mexico City premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She traded in casual, summery locks for a well-polished coiffure that would look amazing with Fall's jewel-toned makeup and sexy smoky eyes. "Lily wore a gorgeous cutout dress that showed off her beautiful shape," said celebrity stylist Mara Roszak. "It was a classic yet incredibly sexy look that inspired the '40s brushed waves."
To create Lily's shiny curls, Roszak first prepped her damp hair with mousse before rough-drying her hair. Next, she curled sections of Lily's hair with a 3/4-inch curling iron towards her face and set the look with pin curls. "The key is to create the perfect S wave in front of the face by manipulating the hair with a comb and pinning in place," Roszak explained. "Once the head was set, I sprayed all over with L'Oréal Extra Strong Hold Elnett Hairspray ($15)."
Lily completed the glamorous look with equally stunning makeup. She focused on a bright purple lipstick hue, balancing out the look with her signature bold brows and a silvery smoky eye complete with winged eyeliner. Her Fall palette and glossy waves have us excited to transition into a new season ahead.
If you want to try a truly sexy hairstyle, there's no better time than New Year's Eve. Waves make the perfect addition to any glitzy outfit, and aside from being soft and gorgeous, they look great on just about everyone. Learn how to create textured, glamorous waves for tonight! Talk about ringing in 2014 right. On Kirbie: Diane von Furstenberg top.
Quality products that enhance your hair instead of weighing it down will cut out the need for a blast of heat from your blow dryer. "You will need something ultramoisturizing, like Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet shampoo ($48) and mask ($68)," Fernandez says. This oil-based cleansing system is especially formulated for superdry hair, which tends to be the most unruly.
Follow up with a hair oil to inject more moisture and reduce frizz, such as Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum ($30). And to enhance the waves you already have, Fernandez suggests finishing with a mousse, like Kaze Wave by Shu Uemura ($38). "Both products leave the hair shiny, moisturized, and with a good amount of hold without the stiffness," Fernandez says. See? You can have the hair you've always envied . . . without the strand-singeing end result.
If you're one of the many women who have thick, wavy hair, you know that it can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it holds style really well. But it can also be very difficult to wear in its natural state. So how do you reconcile? "Thick, wavy hair texture is all about finding the right hair products," says stylist Vanessa Fernandez of the Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City. While you may have to invest, the results will be amazingly healthy and lustrous hair people will envy. Find out where to put your money when you keep reading.
The beauty looks at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic were all about glamour, but there was one hairstyle that was the obvious favorite: the tousled wave. Whether they were paired with a turban like the one Rachel Zoe was donning, or styled in a vintage fashion à la Lauren Conrad, these wavy strands took center stage. The trick to this look is to hold your curling iron horizontally instead of vertically while you wrap the hair around it. A quick tug on the wave while it's still hot will further loosen it.
To get Lauren's style, brush the waves out lightly once they cool and part your hair to the side. Ashley Madekwe's strands can be achieved with a half-inch iron with the hair being curled away from the face, while Ashley Greene's can be teased up and pinned back for a cool-girl look. And for a trendsetting way to wave, pair beachy strands with an inky black turban like Rachel. These effortless curls look polished and cool, no matter how you decide to wear them.
To get your grunge on, spritz damp hair with a fixative, like Alterna Bamboo Boho Waves Tousled Texture Spray ($22). Finish by scrunching your strands with your fingers when blow-drying to create free-flowing curls. For extra wave, run a curling iron through random sections as needed.
We've seen the matte, wavy hair trend all over red carpets as of late. And of course, Joey's friend and muse, Rachel Zoe, practically revived the après-beach look. The key to getting strands that are more fantastic than frazzled, however, is the timing of product application. "For a wave, I tend to like a dry pomade, and I put in most of my products after I use any heat on the hair," says Joey. And for a no-heat method for getting sexy waves, try a nighttime braid. "Do it the night before and sleep on it; when you wake up, your braid will be perfectly messy."
The tousled, sexy waves are always a favorite, and it's exciting to see the look revamped on the Spring runways. The new, relaxed version is a piece-y, beachy version that's completely Fall appropriate.
The trick is to make sure your waves are just rough enough to look cool (like the styles at Alberta Ferretti, above, and Burberry) and still sweater-appropriate—not too perfect or so extreme that they look like you might actually have come off a beach. "It's got a hippie vibe," said hairstylist Guido of the look backstage at Alberta Ferretti. "It's young and innocent." To create the effect, Guido avoided curling the entire head of hair. Instead, he wrapped random pieces around a 1.5-inch curling iron, working from about ear level down and holding the iron horizontally. Then, he doused the ends in Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for "an oily, wet effect." But you can use a lighter hand to add just a touch of shine—without going full hippie.
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