Regular readers will know how much we love the whimsical yet insightful how-to’s of the www.beautydepartment.com. Kindly, they have agreed to share some of their imagery with us, so every Tuesday we can share how-to’s with you. This week, this gorgeous vintage wave caught our eye. Reminiscent of the tumbling, peek-a-boo style of 1940s icon, Veronica Lake, the romantic shape is perfect for fancy occasions. To create this look, the important thing is to develop a consistent wave pattern. With a curling iron and product, you can be done in 30 minutes. Read on for the step by step…
Step: Make a deep side-part and mist whole head liberally with thermal protector and set & style spray. Veronica Lake wore a heavy side part; this creates face-framing asymmetry, which is what made her look so sexy. Once the part is made, clip the top half of the heavier side up (as seen in photo #1) until it is time to curl it.
Step: Now curl the section above your ear. Use a 1-to-2 inch barreled curling iron. Get hair as hot as you can without burning. A good good tip (to avoid too much heat) is to unravel and do it again –– twice baked!
Step: Steps 3, 4, and 5 are the same as the previous step, only you are moving through hair, doing exactly the same thing, making curls right next to each other for a perfect pattern. If a curl doesn’t curl as you like it, do it again! You should do at least three sections in exactly this way.
Step: Once you’re happy with the curl pattern on the long side, switch sides and repeat. On both sides, the curl will be more pronounced –– think Shirley Temple! –– than how you envisage the final look to be. That’s ok, we’ll be brushing curls out in a few…!
Step: While still warm from the iron, mist all curls with holding spray. Allow to cool.
Step: After everything cools, take the fine side of a comb and start combing through curls. As you comb around the entire head, the curl pattern will join together.
Step: Keep gently combing, gently combing….If you are unhappy with the shape of any curls, now is the time to perfect their shape by going back in with the iron.
Step: Now your perfect, vintage curl pattern should emerge. Again, use hands, comb, or iron if you need to polish the aesthetic. Give it one last spritz of holding spray, and you are good to go.
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