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Long, Wavy Side-Swept Hair: For Flirty, Feminine Flair

A glam go-to for long locks.

Side-swept waves have long been a glamorous go-to for women with long, flowing hair. Asymmetrical, side-swept waves make for a high-fashion edge that can otherwise be difficult to achieve on longer locks.

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Our stylists say anyone with hair below the shoulders can recreate this elegant style, which is perfect for a casual dinner, an art gallery opening, or even a black-tie event. "It's sophisticated," says L'Oréal Professionnel celebrity stylist Jennifer MacDougall, "and it makes a fashion-forward statement." This elegant style can be easily achieved by anyone with hair below the shoulder.

MacDougall recommends keeping a wet-look gel on hand if you're going to be experimenting with this look, which can be styled on both clean and second-day hair. Start by curling one- to two-inch sections from the cheekbones down to the ends (rather than curling all the way from up to the root) with a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. Curl away from the face, MacDougall says, to achieve floaty, voluminous waves.

Using the arch in your eyebrow as a guide, make a deep side part with a metal-tail comb, then comb through the crown. Rub a quarter-size amount of wet-look gel or mousse between your palms and apply it to the shallow side of the part from the root/part-line, spreading down towards the ends. Then, using a fine-toothed comb, smooth that sleek side behind the opposite ear adding a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck to hold it in place. Finish with a soft-hold hairspray and hit the town.

Pro Tip

For an elevated look, instead of bobby pins opt for an ornate barrette to secure your hair at the nape of your neck.

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