Faded patterns, threadbare softness, tarnished hardware –– the wear and tear that old things accrue is part of why we love them. It makes sense that our hair and makeup should reflect the same well-worn quality. Marcel waves styled in the fashion of old Hollywood starlets take on a new character when finished with a matte surface and a few flyaway wisps. The slightly distressed finish is especially pretty when paired with equally soft makeup; try smudgy liner and an antiqued pink lip. Read on for tips on creating lived-in glamour. –– Laura Martin
Step: Start with second day hair. Comb through with a wide tooth comb to remove tangles without smoothing. Mist roots with refinish dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and add plumpness. Spray mid-lengths and ends with a few pumps of protective thickening lotion.
Step: Part hair as desired and use a styling wand to create soft undulations. Take small sections of hair and wrap around the wand from roots to ends, hold for 10 seconds, release, and haze with holding spray.
Step: When entire head is set, brush through gently with a round paddle brush, pushing hair into waved shapes. Use the wand to reinforce the waves by gently pressing into the valleys for 5 seconds. Spray finished waves with refinish dry shampoo and gently rub across the surface with your palms to loosen the texture and reduce smoothness. Add a vintage hair clip or pin on one side for added retro appeal.
Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted