How To Master Sleek Retro Waves

How To Master Sleek Retro Waves

Sleek, soft, retro-inspired waves will never go out of style—so you should probably learn how to master them now. We got celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin (the go-to girl for Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel, and more) to show us the ropes.

Click head for 5 easy steps to pretty, vintage-looking waves!

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    Step One: Before

    Start with clean, dry hair. You can let your strands air-dry, or rough dry them with a blow-dryer.

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    Step Two: Curl Sections

    Separate one-inch sections of your hair, and wrap them around a one and half-inch curling iron. “Wrap your hair over the barrel and make sure you are wrapping all the way to the ends,” Atkin says. 

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    Step Three: Loosen With Comb

    Gently pull your fingers through your curls to soften the look, then brush through with a fine-toothed comb. 

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    Step Four: Curl Crown

    To create subtle volume at your crown, Atkin says to take a one-inch section at your crown, hold it vertically above your head, and then wrap it around the barrel of your curling iron. Take another one-inch section behind your crown, and repeat.


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    Step Five: Back Comb

    “Take a quarter-inch section of your crown, lift it vertically, and set it with hairspray,” Atkin says. Then, backcomb this section slightly, starting two to three inches above your roots.

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    Step Six: Smooth Back

    Now that you’ve got major volume at your crown, it’s time to smooth things over. Atkin suggests taking a medium-hold pomade or wax (try the Molding Cream ($28) by Moroccan Oil) and applying it to your crown using your hands. If your roots are still too high, comb through with your fingers.

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    And there you have it—gorgeous, romantic waves perfect for any occasion!


    Click here for our last tutorial with Atkin on how to create perfect bedhead.

    And don’t forget to check out her website, Mane Addicts, for daily hairspiration!


    Photographer: Chris Patey
    Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
    Makeup: Lauren Andersen
    Stylist: Laurie Trott
    Model: Nicole Akhtarzad, Fashion Assistant

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