Ever since I stopped bleaching my hair, it’s become so much healthier. It’s also reverted back to its pin-straight tendencies in that it can’t hold any sort of curl or wave longer than half an hour. Backstage at Anthony Vaccarello, however, hairstylist Anthony Turner let me in on his secret for getting very straight hair to hold a wave.
Step one: Prep your hair with a setting spray. Turner used a L’Oréal Professionnel product you can only get in Europe, but Tigi Bed Head Queen for a Day is also a great option.
Step two: Blow-dry your hair, but don’t worry about being perfect. Turner added a natural wave by twisting and bending sections of hair with his fingers.
Step three: Because your hair is straight, you’re going to need to enhance the waves with a heat tool. Take a medium-size curling iron and wrap equal-size sections of hair around the barrel, concentrating the wave in the middle of each section.
Step four: Now here comes the most important part—the set. Before you do your makeup, split your hair into four sections: two in front of the ears and two in back. Very loosely twist each section away from the face (so the hair on the right side of the head should be twisted to the right and the hair on the left should be twisted to the left). Once you’ve twisted a section, wrap it in one very loose loop and clip it in place with section clips, which you can find at any beauty-supply store. Leave the sections clipped for about 20 minutes. “It keeps the wave in the hair from disappearing,” said Turner. “And when you unclip the set, you’ll have these beautiful face-framing waves in the front.”
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