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Retro Waves: A Classic Coif Gets a Modern Makeover

Seventies-inspired with a beachy twist.

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The feathered look was made popular in the 70s, but this retro style lives on with a beachy, breezy twist. Our professionals say that although retro waves look excellent on any hair color, this style especially shines when paired with a soft balayage. "You'll see tons of definition and variation of the different colors with those curls," says L'Oréal Professionnel celebrity stylist Jennifer MacDougall. By playing with volume and different part techniques, a stylist will be able to customize this cut for any face shape, she says. "It's modern and fresh, and when styled properly at a salon it can last up to three or four days on one blow dry."

Get Rolling

While your grandmother's old hot rollers will work just fine, MacDougall suggests using a medium-size round brush and volumizing mousse throughout. Start by pinning up the top and blow drying the bottom, one section at a time, wrapping the brush away from the face and blow drying from the root to the middle, twisting the brush as it dries. "Once each section is dry, wrap it into a curl with your fingers and pin it in place close to the scalp to set," MacDougall advises. You should have 10 to 15 sections pinned by the time you've finished the whole head, she says. Once they're cooled, mist curls with a firm-hold hairspray and release the pins, styling with your fingers as you let them down.

Pro Tip

To tame flyaways, MacDougal suggests smoothing a bit of modeling wax over top.

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