Flawless flowing waves aren't just a summertime trend. This boho-chic look works all year round, especially in the fall when paired with the season's gorgeous berry-colored headwear. Looking to style your hair in cascading waves? We share a few tricks of the trade below!
First up, select your tool of choice. "A curling iron wave is going to be rounder and fuller," explains hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Pepper Pastor, saying that if you want volume, reach for a curling wand or iron. "With flat iron waves you still get the fullness, but the waves will be elongated." So if you want a more lived-in, second-day hair look, a flat iron is the way to go. If you're a pro, you can also opt to create waves with a blow-dryer and a round brush.
Next, decide on the vibe of your waves. Are you hoping to channel your inner mermaid with beach waves or evoke Old Hollywood glamour with a side-swept style?
For Beachy Waves: Reach for a flat iron with rounded edges-this gives you that effortless, I woke up like this look-and smooth your hair until you get to the cheekbone and then turn in your wrist. Finish up with a texturizing spray and scrunch for a truly sea-kissed style.
For 70s Waves: This retro-look looks amazing 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. Distribute a volumizing mousse throughout your hair and reach for a medium-sized round brush. Blow dry one section at a time, starting at the nape of your neck. Wrap the hair around the brush away from the face and blow dry 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 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.
For Boho Waves: Calling all girls who love a good middle part. "This style is gorgeous and it's incredibly versatile," says Pastor. Use a styling wand or medium-size curling iron, wrap sections of hair loosely away from the face. After you slide out the barrel, pull on the end of the curl to stretch it out. Once your entire head of hair is curled and cooled, brush through to separate the curls into waves with your fingers and spray with a light-hold hairspray.
Looking for more wavy hair inspiration? We share some of our favorite looks from Fashion Month here!