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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.

For pictures of more great looks, check out our Pinterest Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

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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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