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Get The Look: 5 Ways to Perfect Waves

By Asgar Saboo

Do the Twist

For beachy waves rather than voluminous curls, this is a quick but efficient method. For a messy, bed-head vibe, let hair fall naturally then take a small section of hair. Split the section into two then wrap the two strands around each other to form a twist. Hold tight, then clamp the straigheners up and down the twist for around 30 seconds, ensuring you heat the full length. Unwrap the twist by shaking loosely to reveal cool, beachy waves then spray to hold. For extra texture, spritz in a salt spray then scrunch the curls with your hair to set. Quick, simple, yet effective.

Curl it

For glamorous, retro curls, this more traditional method is a winner. Ensured your freshly washed hair is brushed thoroughly as this will ensure the curls are smooth and slick. Separate your hair into an upper and lower section for ease then secure the upper section with a hair clip to avoid kinks. Take a 1-2inch section of hair (depending on how thick your hair is) and twist slightly, then wrap the twisted strand around the curling iron. Hold for 10-15 sections and release from the curling iron, allowing the curl to hang loose before spraying thoroughly. When done, lightly shake through the curls with your hands instead of running your fingers through them, as this will deconstruct the curls. Spray to hold and spritz on a shine spray for extra sheen.

Velcro Rollers

Make sure your hair is dry and freshly washed as this will keep it light and easy to manage. If you are wanting to curl all of your hair, separate you hair into three horizontal sections using a comb. Take individual 2 inch sections of hair (small enough to comfortably fit around the roller) and pull straight, holding the roller at the ends of your hair. Gently roll up and under your hair towards the scalp, ensuring no hair falls loose at the sides of the roller. Secure the roller by fastening a grip to your hair and the lower part of the roller. Once you have secured all of your hair, spray with hairspray and warm using the lowest setting on your hair dryer to set the curls. Leave for as long as possible before shaking out and spraying to reveal beautiful, loose curls. For volume, use rollers on just the top of your hair to lift the roots.

Straighten to curl

This method is perfect for creating soft, loose waves rather than definite curls. Ensure hair is brushed thoroughly then split your hair into two sides, pulling each side forward over the shoulder. Starting from the front, select a 1-2 inch section of hair and clamp the straighteners at the top, being careful to avoid creating kinks from their edges. Hold the straighteners vertically and pull them along the length of the hair whilst twisting them away from your face to create open curls. Release to reveal a soft, beautiful wave and spray to hold.

Wrap it

For a quick fix that you can get whilst lazing around the house, separate your hair into rough sections. The more sections you have, the more waves you will create. Take each section and twist the hair until it wraps around the form a tight bun. Tie the twist with a hair band and spray to hold. Leave for a few hours and untie to reveal beachy waves that took seconds to create! For looser, longer waves, wrap your whole hair into one twist to add some volume.

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