Hair How To: Soft Waves
Hey Everyone! Today we are going to go through a tutorial on how to achieve soft waves. I thought this would be a great, quick how-to for so many stylists out there or even those of you who just want to be able to do this style on yourself at home. Soft waves are an amazing prep for any braid, updo or half uptyle. These types of waves are also beautiful to wear “as is” and they are easily dressed up or down and can last a couple of days if done correctly. So lets get to it!
Prepping the Hair:
With Long waves like these, it is all about the prep work!
For normal to fine hair: Mist some thickening primer on dry hair and blow dry it in to create a bit more of a foundation. My favorite is Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Densité Spray. For extra grip and hold add some Loreal Professional Tecni Art Beach Waves Spray and blow dry that in as well.
For thicker or slicker hair: Add some soft finish mousse into dry hair and blow dry in. I like Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Envy Extra. This mousse goes on quite strong but the finish is nice and soft with no flaking. It also has a memory to its hold and easily bounces back to its desired shape. This mousse is easiest to manage when applied to a paddle brush first and then brushed through the hair.
Creating the curl:
To create the curls, begin sectioning hair horizontally and about 1-2″ thick. (depending how thick the hair is) Spray each section with a soft finish/strong hold hairspray before curling hair. I really and truly LOVE Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Inifinium 4 Hairspray. I really never work on a client without this hairspray, it is so soft to the touch, I know it is safe to brush out every time without flakes, it is easily build-able and most of all, it is trustworthy.
Wrap each sub section in a natural twisting manner (as apposed to flat wrapping) around a ceramic styling wand making sure to hold the wand vertically the entire time. Be sure to twist the hair in a “natural” way, meaning the way your hand naturally wants to wrap it without adjusting your hand/finger grip in any way. The “twisting” of the hair will help to create fullness and depth.
After the heat of the wand begins to surface on the hair, you can release your curl and allow it to sit and cool. Do not pull or brush out any curls until you have finished the entire head. After, if the curls have cooled, you can begin to brush them out…
Brushing out the curls into soft waves:
Using a wide tooth comb, paddle brush, or vent brush (as pictured above) begin brushing out curls lightly starting at the bottom as if you are detangling hair. Continue moving up until you have brushed all of the curls out into soft waves.
Finishing the Soft Waves:
Now that you have achieved your desired waves, it is time to finish them off!
Spray a final veil of Hairspray to lock in your style.
For a more classic look: Use a mist of Shine spray of the hair and use the round of the can to smooth any fly aways. My favorite shine spray is Loreal Professionnel Shower Shine.
And there you have it!
Your soft waves are complete and looking effortlessly gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
The waves in these photos were created by me for a Style Me Pretty sweet + sultry chocolate smokey eye tutorial. To check out that tutorial click HERE.
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