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Beauty Spring Peek: Loose Waves & Center Parts

Beauty Spring Peek: Loose Waves & Center Parts

Here's a look at another one of our Spring Peeks. All the starlets, models and singers are wearing the universally flattering look of loose waves & center parts. No more straight irons and no more stressing about perfect looking hair - yay!

This Spring, just relax and let your natural waves come out. Dare to wear your hair with a little bit of volume and some body. Here's how to get this great look that appeared on the recent runways of Bill Blass, Chloe and Victoria's Secret.

For do it yourself products and instructions,

  • Apply a volumizing solution to your roots such as Bumble & Bumble Tonic Spray Lotion, $22.99 Aveda Volumizing Tonic, $16.99 or Alterna Life Volumizing Spray Mousse,$21 if you have thin or fine hair.
  • Next, divide your hair into many different sections and secure each section with clips. Be sure and create a straight center part from the get-go.
  • Dry your hair until it's only a little bit damp. Hold the dryer facing downward (from roots to ends), to create a smoother finished product.
  • Take a large barrelled curling iron on the lowest heat setting and begin curling with the underneath pieces of hair. Skinny curling irons will give you tight curls while a larger barrelled iron will create loose waves. Take one section of hair and wrap it around the iron working your way up toward your roots. Tip: Don't open the iron; just wind your hair around the barrel.
  • Hold the hair around the iron for about 30 seconds and unwind it manually. Repeat this action for each section of your hair.
  • When you are finished, you will be tempted to take a brush or a comb to your hair, but don't do it! Allow your fingers to separate and relax the curls into waves.
  • Lastly, shake your hair out gently and then spritz it with one of these fabulous hairsprays.
inertia inertia 10 years
This is really similar to a look that's huge here in Tokyo now, except Tokyo girls do it with a side part and long bangs swept to the side. I use hot rollers on the crown of the head to add volume and save time, because 30~40 seconds on each section of hair really adds up. The rollers save me about 10 minutes. I find the curls stay better if I wash and dry my hair the night before, so there's no lingering dampness when I begin the styling process.
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 10 years
Thanks Miami, i was wondering how to get the top soft with waves and the bottom curly. I have natural spiral curls in my hair, I will try that tomorrow. I am testing out the center part today because I have had those side bangs that were in for a while. I feel out of date instead of before the trend right now. As regards to the Bob being in - there is no reason why you can not have a bob and a center part - which is what I currently have. Something that I am surprised I am saying is - I have used many products to make great curls with low frizz (Frizz Ease, Bumble and Bumble, Ouidad, etc etc) but the best one I have EVER used is Suave (YES - Suave) Professional Curls. After washing my hair - only shampoo a few times a week, I slightly dry my hair and add a SMALL dab of conditioner to my hair and maybe a little stiffener and style as usual. If my mop is really out of control I add a little pomade after it is dry.
sashak sashak 10 years
great tip! I have wavy hair & live in uber-humid coastal SC so I'm always on the lookout for good hair products! & I hate the center part cause i get the triangle head thing going on...
MandiMark1 MandiMark1 10 years
my hair is THICK and naturally curly, and the only way i can do this look is if I straighten my hair first and THEN put gel in a few pieces and scrunch them. It looks so nice, but takes forever :(
GirlinMotion GirlinMotion 10 years
I love this style! I think it can look great on almost everyone!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
ahhh thanks Miami!!
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
Cool! I let my curly hair dry naturally and some days it picks the side part, others the center. When drying, all I will have to do is put a little extra liquid gel on the top and barrete down behind the ears. Cool trick for a "loose part in the middle". Do a criss cross part. Take a chunk, and off to one side, then do the next the opposite to the end of the part. Lightly spray. It's not stick straight part but can work for those like Sarah. (my mom worked in a hair salon when I was growing up!) A great product for drying natuarally is Versastyler by Nexxus. Non alcoholic designing lotion. I have used this stuff for years on my natural curls and live in humid South Florida and it rocks.
madhershey71 madhershey71 10 years
This style looks fabulous, but I thought the Victoria Beckham bob was in??
head-sparkler head-sparkler 10 years
I love this style too - but all those instructions! It's not exactly "just relax and let your natural waves come out", is it?
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i love the style but i just cant do center parts...the lady that cuts my hair has done it since i was 2 and she always told me NO CENTER PARTS...i try to do it, but it makes my forhead look bigger!
Kbrooks1122704 Kbrooks1122704 10 years
Carmen's outfit looks like it belongs on a figure skater.
Kbrooks1122704 Kbrooks1122704 10 years
Carmen outfit looks like it belongs on a figure skater.
princessv princessv 10 years
i love this look but unfortunately my hair is too thick & heavy to hold a curl. it looks great for about 30 minutes and then it just falls flat. :(
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