When curling our hair or winding sections around a barrel for loose, beachy waves, we usually always follow the same rule: Work with completely dry hair. We wouldn't dream of putting a curling iron to damp hair, not just because we think that's a counterintuitive step, but also because that singeing, steaming noise it makes—like water on a hot frying pan—is as ear-piercing as nails on a chalkboard. When we hopped on the phone with Emily Blunt's Oscars hairstylist, Laini Reeves, however, she completely changed our outlook on curling wet hair.
Turns out, to create Blunt's glamorous Old Hollywood look, she let the hair dry three-quarters of the way, spritzed it with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray ($20), and took a two-inch curling iron to her locks. I was so surprised by this, that I had to clarify with Reeves, "Wait, so you curled the hair while it was still wet?" Reeves replied, almost matter-of-factly, "Yes!" Wow—not at all what we expected.
Reeves explains that if she went directly from wet to dry hair before curling, the look would've been too stiff (and also wouldn't last as long), so instead, she curled Blunt's slightly damp hair, pinned the curls back with section clips, and let everything air dry while Blunt got her makeup done. The result? Curls that will last an entire Oscars ceremony and afterparty.
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