Many girls go to great lengths to straighten their hair up, but I find simple vintage waves irresistible as long as they are properly executed. It is not rocket science, and with a little patience and the right tutorial, anyone can achieve the kind of look that will cause them to become the central point of attention.
It all begins with a good deep side part, and the first section that needs to be curled is the one about the ear.
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Naturally, nothing can be done without a good curling iron, and you need to heat it up properly while being careful not to get it burned. The hair is supposed to be curled forward, and the goal is to repeat the process after switching sides, in an attempt to create the perfect pattern.
Don’t panic if the hair looks like noodles because after applying holding hairspray to keep the hair stays firmly in place, it will restore its softness after brushing. You will need to wait for the hair to cool down and gently comb it so that a pattern starts forming while applying hairspray if needed.
1″ barrel curling iron
firm holding hairspray
Opt for a heavy side part, as this vintage wave is not quite as fierce when done with a middle part. Clip the top half of the heavier side up as seen in photo #1 once you’ve found your side part.
Start with curling the section right above your ear. Use either a 1″ wand or a 1″ barrel curling iron. 1″ may seem small to you but it’s the best way to get this look. With this hair style, it’s important to let the hair get as hot as you can without burning it. You’ll be the judge, as everyone’s hair is different.
For steps 3, 4 and 5, you want to do the EXACT same thing right one right next to the other. Wrap curl the hair forward toward your face. You want to make sure you’re seeing a perfect curl pattern. If not, curl that piece again!
Do the next piece.
And the next one just the same.
Now switch sides and repeat. Do one curl after the other in the exact same pattern. You’ll start to notice a sort of Shirley Temple curl happening. That’s good. Your hair should look like noodles and this is the ONLY time I will say that’s okay.
Once the curls are in place, spray with a firm holding hairspray. I like to spray after so the hairspray sits on top of the hair instead of cooking it into the hair which can make it heavier. Allow that to set for 5 minutes in a cool, dry room.
After everything cools, take the fine side of your comb and start combing through the curls. As you comb around the entire head, the curl pattern will start to join together.
Keep combing and combing and combing. (Apply a little more hairspray or re-curl a curl if/when necessary.)
If you’ve curled all your sections the exact same way right next to each other, you’ll start to see a perfect pattern form as you’re combing.
Take your 1″ barrel curling iron (not a wand) and curl any straight stray ends under.
Give it one last veil of hairspray and you’re set!
Assuming you have followed all the steps to the letter, by now you should see a pattern emerging and this is the confirmation that you’ve succeeded.
All you need is a little fine tuning, and the curling iron enables you to straighten stray ends, while a final application of hairspray is the last step before enjoying vintage waves.
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