Whether you’ve got a big night out with the girls, a special occasion or just want to embrace your inner beach goddess, adding some waves to your locks, whatever the length, is a sure fire way to make a serious style statement. Cast your eyes back to last week’s Oscars and you’ll see the red carpet overflowing with wavy locks that ranged from glamorous to grunge. We’ve chosen three of our favourite Hollywood stars for inspiration – and given you a step-by-step guide on how to get their looks yourself.
Who gets your vote?
Nothing makes a better match than red hair with green, and Emma proved that point perfectly, looking stunning in her chartreuse beaded Elie Saab gown. Her gorgeous red mane sported soft waves and a sexy side swept diagonal part, and then was loosely pinned up in a style so reminiscent of the silent film stars of the 20s and 30s.
Perfect for…a special occasion such as a formal, wedding or something uber romantic!
Get Emma’s look:
- Prep freshly washed and conditioned hair with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep and Phomollient Foam to add volume and texture.
- Dry hair off, roughly smoothing out the hair.
- Divide hair into sections, and then using a circular curling wand, curl hair away from the face into tight curls.
- Once hair has cooled, brush curls into soft waves with a Mason Pearson brush.
- Next, create a low side part using your eye pupil as a guide.
- If you have long hair, tuck the longer layers at the back into a small bun underneath the occipital bone, leaving some shorter lengths out to cover the bun, creating a faux bob.
- If you have shorter layered hair, pull the lower sections to the back and pin around the neckline, again leaving some of the top sections out to cover the pins, creating a faux bob.
- Finish with Aveda Control Force Hairspray to secure style in place.
Paired with a beautiful beaded Zuhair Murad dress, Chrissy’s look was super sexy and glamorous. The Sports Illustrated model evoked a distinct Beyonce vibe and made plenty of waves on her own with her luscious locks.
Perfect for…a night out on the town!
Get Chrissy’s look:
- Blow dry hair upside down for maximum volume, and then create a side part, using the eye pupil as a guide.
- To achieve a wonderful wave in the fringe, create a triangle section at the top of the head and pin the longer lengths away.
- Working towards the parting, create four large barrel curls (using a medium curling iron or heated rollers) and pin them in. Spray with Aveda Control Force Hairspray to hold while you work on the rest of the hair.
- Divide hair into three vertical sections (two side and one at the back), then horizontal sections from bottom to top, spraying each one with Aveda Brilliant Hairspray for maximum hold.
- Using a medium curling tong, starting from the back of the hair, work your way up the head, wrapping hair around the tong and curling under. Be sure to keep the tong straight while twirling, as this will affect the ‘wave’ in the curl.
- When you get to the left side section, keep the tongs faced down while you twirl, as this will create an ‘off the face’ curl.
- Alternatively, when working on the right side section, keep the tongs faced up.
- Release the fringe curls and gently brush all hair to the left side, pinning any small pieces away on the right side behind the ear and around the neckline.
- Secure style with Aveda Control Force Hairspray.
It was all about the ‘power lob’ (that’s long-bob for those of you with puzzled looks!) at the Oscars this year, and our girl Naomi’s tousled rock chic take on this style gave the look a cool, modern edge. When teamed with an embellished Armani black and silver gown, her style statement was simple – soft, almost beachy waves and a bold plum lip.
Perfect for…just about any occasion, from weekends to nights on the town!
Get Naomi’s look:
- Prep freshly washed and conditioned hair with Aveda Volumising Tonic from roots to ends, then dry hair upside down.
- Make a side part, using the eye pupil as a guide, and then create vertical sections in the hair.
- Using an extra large curling tong, focus on the mid-lengths only – we don’t want root lift, or a perfect curl on the ends either.
- Working around the scalp, wrap the mid-lengths twice around the barrel tong, holding the ends and allowing them to stick out from the curled section. This creates more of a ‘bend’ through the hair rather than a curl.
- Once the full head is complete, shake the hair out and rake through with fingers.
- Finish with Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip and scrunch into the waves to create a disheveled, ‘next day’ texture.