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There are really a handful of ways to achieve soft and pretty waves in your hair and even more tools on the market claiming to create the sought-after look, but sometimes it’s difficult to know which to use to get exactly what you want. And I’m 100% positive that if you watched the YouTube video of the poor girl trying to demonstrate how to use a tapered curling iron and burning her hair off in the process, you were a little timid to use your heat styling tools for a few weeks after or ever at all, but that should never happen. However, if you have fine hair and plan on using small sections of hair like the girl in the video did, please turn the heat down on your iron just to be safe.
That said, if you know how to do it correctly, you can really achieve these soft and pretty waves in your hair with almost any of the available curling irons and/or wands as long as they’re of the professional variety. Cheap, drugstore brands just won’t get the job done right! I actually love my metal 1″ Hot Tools curling iron, available now at Amazon, $27.69. It is for most wavy hairstyles but sometimes a different iron will create subtle effects that make all the difference in the world to your own hair. So don’t give up if one doesn’t work for you, a different brand or size even, may be just what you need. You can read about some of my favorite hair styling tools here.
For this tutorial, I’m using a Hot Tools Tapered Ceramic Curling Iron.
Available now at Amazon, $35.99
Section out about an inch of hair and beginning closest to the root, or wherever you’d like your waves to start – but remember they fall a bit. Wrap your hair around the iron and hold it in place for about 20 seconds.
Tip: The larger sections you use, the larger waves you get and alternately, the smaller sections you use, the tighter waves you get, but they all fall out a bit regardless.
Once you’ve waved the bottom section of your hair, release the top section and wave it the same. To get the best waves with the most volume, wrap the top section of your hair BACK and around. You want the waves on either side of your face to flow back to look the most natural, so wrap your hair sections BACK instead of forward, if that makes sense.
After my waves have cooled and set (give them 5-10 minutes and do your makeup while you wait), I do a few different things to create different looks. Sometimes I just take my brush and fluff the top/crown section of my head, allowing the rest of the waves to fall naturally into place. Other times I just use my fingers to messily separate the waves and loosen them up all over, giving it more of a beachy look. If you’re going for a more Old Hollywood Glam style, brush out your waves completely and use a product that smooths and adds shine to keep your waves in place.
You can use hair spray to set your waves if needed.