Vintage waves or old Hollywood waves seems to be one of the most popular and requested hairstyles for any occasion. It can be a little trickier to master than it looks, but let me show you how you can do this on yourself in just a few steps.
Vintage waves in Steps:
Before we begin, please keep in mind that in order to get a good hold on your vintage waves, it’s recommended that your hair isn’t too heavy, so if you have medium to long hair (past the shoulders) then remember that this look turns our much better and lasts a lot longer when your hair has layers or it has been thinned out if its too thick and heavy. Also if your hair is naturally curly, then you will need to blow dry it straight before starting.
STEP 1: Start at the bottom, section off a 1 inch section all the way across and lightly spray it with a medium hold hair spray of choice. Make sure the hair spray doesn’t make it crunchy
STEP 2: Dividing that horizontal section into 1 inch in width vertically, grab one section and use a Cloud 9 or GHD hair straightener to roll each section under, make sure your straightening tool is completely horizontal when doing this and all the sections a similar in width. Slide the straightener down slowly to create the curl, ensuring the heat is high and evenly distributed. If you don’t have a straightener you can also use a large barrel hair curling tong, just ensure that you lay and roll the hair flat on the barrel.
STEP 3: Once you have curled a section, while its hot catch it in your hand, let it fall naturally and don’t squeeze it, wait a few seconds for it too cool before releasing or before pinning it up to set. If you have heavy or thick hair you may want to pin up each section as you curl.
STEP 4: Keep working your way up the head in 1 inch x 1 inch sections, don’t go any bigger as your hair will not turn out as curly.
STEP 5: Once you reach the front of the head, part it on your side of choice, the further away from the centre your hair part is the more glamourous it will be (within reason). Curl the front of the head on both the left and the right side inwards towards the face.
STEP 6: Once everything has been curled, grab a wide tooth comb and very gently start combing through all the curls. The aim is to separate the curls so that they sit all together, this is why your sections should all be created in the exact same way and with the same 1×1 inch size. Do not stretch out the curls.
STEP 7: Use your hands or the back of your comb to push into the indentations and define the waves. You can give the hair light spritzes of spray as you work to help smooth.
STEP 8: Do the same with the front section, in addition tease the roots with a teasing comb and hairspray. This will ad volume and height at the top of the head.
STEP 9: Lightly smooth the top over and mould around the face.
STEP 10: On the other side of the front section, tuck the hair behind the ear and set it with hairspray or bobby pins if needed.
STEP 11: Spray all fly-aways down with Hairspray, making sure that the waves at the back are well sprayed!