How to Get Gorgeous, Flowy Waves

This look fuses the sleekness of straight with the femininity of waves. “These are the most modern kind of waves,” says Matt Fugate, a hairstylist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City. “They are really glamorous but still have a looseness to them.”

Most Amazing On: Long, medium to thick hair that isn’t crazy-layered (too much choppiness will break up the soft wave of this style), and those with an oval or heart-shaped face.

How To Do It:

Step 1: Make a middle part. It helps to keep the top sleek, which is key to this look.

Step 2: Hold a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron vertically and wrap two-inch sections of hair around the outside of the iron, twisting away from your face, then turn the iron horizontally and roll it up to ear level. Let your hair sit on the iron for three to five seconds, then unravel. Repeat all over.

Step 3: Finish with shine spray if your hair tends to hold curl well (try Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect Shine Spray, $4, at drugstores) or a medium-hold hair spray if it needs help (try Aloxxi Style Flexible Hairspray, $17, for salons). “Don’t overdo it with hair spray. You want movement,” says Fugate.

Quick Tip
If your face is wide, start the waves lower, below your chin, to help balance your cheeks.

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