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Last updated: September 13, 2017

WATCH: 4 Fresh-Off-The-Runway Wave Techniques

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Lived-in, undone and effortless—these are words we hear all the time at New York Fashion Week (and in the salon!), so it’s important to add new wave techniques to the arsenal. From top stylists backstage at the industry’s hottest shows, here are quickies for cheating four types of waves!


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1. The Secret To S-Waves

For undone, cool-girl waves, try the S-Wave technique. Use a flat iron and softly bend the hair in an “S” shape. The secret is to keep the iron really hot and to be constantly moving and tapping it into the hair. Watch how below.

Show: Vivienne Tam SS18
Hair: Jon Reyman (@jonreymanhair) for Olivia Garden and Aveda


Finished Look


2. The Perfect Matte Finish
Give your ponies an update by creating a wavy, matte texture. Just apply Redken Powder Grip 03 (either misting or directly applying) and pat the hair. Then shape the hair exactly how you want it. See what we mean below. 

Show: Banana Republic SS18
Hair: Brian Buenaventura (@brianbuenaventura_) using Redken 


Finished Look


3. Drawing Waves With Laurent
Laurent Philippon’s technique for creating waves that have some seriously cool ‘70s vibes is this: feed the hair at the roots through a fine-tooth comb, rotate and apply heat against the hair with a marcel iron. Watch Laurent in action below.

Show: Christian Cowan SS18 
Hair by Laurent Philippon (@laurentphilippon) using Bumble and bumble 


Finished Look


4. Airy, Joshua Tree-Inspired Texture
Step 1: Blow-dry label.m volumizing mousse into the hair.
Step 2: Work up the head with a marcel technique, curling one way, then the other to give the look an irregular bend.
Step 3: Use a smaller iron on the top to create a little more lift. Watch Matthew Curtis show the technique below. 

Show: Hellessy SS18
Hair: Matthew Curtis (@matthewcurtishair) using label.m


Finished Look

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