Glossy waves are an ever popular hairstyle throughout the festive period as Christmas parties arise and New Years Eve looms. In a few simple steps this look can be recreated at home and Ross Charles tells you exactly how.
First of all, it is important to use both the correct products and techniques when shampooing your hair. Using only the necessary amount of shampoo – around the size of a fifty pence piece is a good guide – and only apply this to your scalp. Work a low PH shampoo into your scalp, mid lengths and ends of your hair. Rinse then apply a treatment mask to target your hairs needs may it need moisture or even protein for volume. After 10 – 15 minutes rinse then apply and comb through to the ends a 10 pence piece size of low PH conditioner to gently close the cuticle which will give you an incredible shine to your finished look. Rinse then gently comb your hair through using a wide tooth comb, apply a volume styling product then take some heat protection spray and mist it over your hair as this look requires heated styling tools. Make sure to part your hair into a deep side parting to add a glamorous edge to the finished look. Use your hairdryer to dry your hair smoothly with a sleek, frizz free finish. A top tip for this is to hold the hairdryer downwards onto your hair to avoid frizz and add shine as this is the direction of the cuticles on the surface of your hair shaft. For this particular look, you can use a paddle brush to dry your hair as the base must be smooth.
Once your hair is dry, pull your hair round to one side and begin to style it with your straightening irons or curling tongs – whichever you find easiest. To achieve this look, wrap your hair around your curling iron towards your face, this will help create a fuller looking wave. It is also important to tong each section of hair the same way. When creating a beachy look you would alternate the direction, but for this look it is important to style the hair all the same direction to achieve that full bodied effect.
Finish this style with one pump of water soluble serum to add gloss and smooth flyaways and add a mist of hairspray to keep this locked in place all night long. Perfect for party season.
Authors Rebekah at AJC and Ross Charles