Okay, here it is: She uses two curling irons with different barrel sizes.
When I asked her why, she replied, “I love this look because it creates undone, sort of beachy waves that are not uniform. It’s sexier and more fun.”
But it still felt like something a professional had to do—like, how would I ever be able to replicate it at home? She laughed and shook her head. “It’s so easy. I just alternate different-sized curling irons with varying movements to create individual-looking curls. For some, I curl halfway down the length of the hair, and for others, I curl the whole piece. I curl one piece forward and the next one backward so it looks like a natural wave instead of a curling iron wave.”
Upon closer inspection, it did look really easy, even something a novice like myself could accomplish without too much practice. See, the genius idea behind the whole thing is that it’s not supposed to look uniform—so you can’t mess it up.
Vigi added, “I always leave the ends out, because once you curl the ends, you create a more finished look. I like the hair to move, so I would use the Nexxus New York Salon Care Comb Thru Finishing Mist ($10) because it keeps the style in place and holds the curl without being too stiff.”
So which curling irons are her favorites? I was taking notes at this point, naturally.
“I use a bunch of different curling irons and wands. R Session curling irons are amazing, Harry Josh 2-in-1 Ceramic Curling Iron ($285), and GHD Curve Classic Wave Wand ($199). I like larger irons, depending on the hair length, but generally I go with a one-and-a-half-inch and a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron. For shorter hair, try one a one-inch and a one-and-a-quarter-inch barrel. Or a curling wand and a one-inch iron works well because it allows for different curls mixed in.”
When I pressed her about the best products, she explained that it totally depends on your hair type. But there are a few hero products she always uses to hold and define the wave.
"I use Nexxus New York Salon Care Mousse Plus ($12) to add volume before styling, and on thicker hair, I like to add Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil ($19) to my hands or fingertips to tame any frizz," she shared.
On my hair, she applied Nexxus New York Salon Care Expand Volumizing Whip ($35) before the blowout to add a (much-needed) lift at the root.
We parted ways (Vigi was tired from waking up at 5 a.m. to work on Selena Gomez and was on her way to style Reese Witherspoon), and I definitely had an unprecedented pep in my step. And guess what? My hair didn’t fall flat—and garnered a ton of compliments—for six days straight. On the night of the sixth day, I reluctantly washed it and fantasized about how much of my paycheck I’d be willing to drop to schedule another appointment.
Interested in more hair secrets? Read about why I wore hair extensions for nine years (and why I finally stopped).