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

I have this vision of our ancestors the Cavewoman warming a branch from a tree on the hot coals and twisting it through her stick straight hair in an attempt to give her hair some body and wave. Let’s face it the those hair waves and curls we see on the Greek and Roman statues wasn’t their natural curl and who could forget the finger waves we see when we look at grandma’s yearbook. Hair wave techniques have been around for a long time. So we decided to look at some of those how to tips from a couple of the pro’s.

So what if summer is over? Celebrity hairdresser Theresa Marra Siliceo, whose resume includes As the World Turns and Law & Order: SVU, reports that if your hair has a natural bend, making hair waves in winter drier conditions is totally doable!

Kate Hudson with long hair waves

Begin by combing through freshly shampooed hair with a wide-tooth rubber comb. Then gently blot it dry with a towel. (Rubbing hair will lead to frizz.) Here’s how to get waves, depending on your hair type:

  • Fine Hair ~~ Apply Bedhead Superstar Thickening Spray to damp hair. Then take 1″ sections and clip them into pin curls with small clips. Dry completely with a hair dryer or hood dryer, says Siliceo. Remove clips, and finger-comb for a natural-looking finish.
  • Medium Textured Hair ~~ Let hair dry naturally, or blow it out over a round brush. Wrap 2″ sections around a vertically held, medium-sized curling iron to achieve full, wavy hair style.
  • Thick Hair ~~ Apply Bedhead Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer to damp hair. Spray on their Curls Rock Booster, towel dry hair a second time and place large clips at the roots for lift. Then, while scrunching dry hair with a diffuser on a low setting, re-mist with Curl Booster, squeeze sections, and remove clips.



Beach Waves or Defined Waves

One of the hottest hairstyle trends this spring and summer 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 two, maybe three things, that are essential for making beach waves easy; the cut, the how-to and the right product . . . that’s it!

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

I was surprised to find that they also give detailed info on how to cut this hair style. The hair cutting directions are for hairdressers. If you are not a hairdresser, don’t try it. The styling techniques, however, are easy to follow for all and can be printed.

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

This type of “transfer” process is how Kevin achieves this soft defined beach wave. This type of wave will last a long time as it has a strong base curl structure. The smaller rod first forms a tighter curl and 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!

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

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  1. Long hairstyles with hair wave are always a great look. For those of us with long hair, it is very precious to us and hopefully most of us keep good care of it with shampoos, conditioners, and special treatments. Although it is harder to take care of than short hair, longer hair offers a variety of lengthened hairstyles to chose from. From days with long, flowing, soft tresses that gently move with the breeze of the wind to those classy dinners with your hair bundled up in a classy manner, long hair styles are just perfect ways to show off your lengthy, beautiful hair

    Comment by hanah — August 12, 2009 @ 2:06 am

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