The Secret to Getting Bombshell Waves

Over the last few months, we’ve had our eyes trained on a rising star in the hair industry—Los Angeles–based hairstylist Carly Walters. We’re banking on Walters becoming the next big name in hair, and to accelerate her rise to the top, we partnered with TRESemmé to send her to work her first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week. To arm her with everything she needs to know on The Road to #TRESNYFW, we introduced Walters to four TRESemmé stylists who will mentor her, collaborate with her on a hairstyle (that you voted for on Instagram), and share tricks of the trade for getting through such a high-pressure, high-energy work environment. Be sure to check back for regular updates on Carly’s journey, and enjoy the ride!

What is it about a head of big, bouncy waves that always seems to catch our eye from a mile away? It’s like everything around us continues moving at lightning speed while our attention focuses in on their enviable, hair commercial curls. Big, bouncy waves are like catnip for us beauty editors—and celebrity hairstylists, too, apparently.

“I like movement in the hair, and for it to be natural and effortless,” says TRESemmé stylist Marco Peña, who created this hairstyle after polling our followers on IG. (If you’re curious, people really weren’t feeling sleek styled hair anymore.) “It’s so important to really work with different [textures] and feel them out, so you can make sure when you use products that the hair never gets too sticky or crunchy.”

It’s a skill that takes time to learn, but it’s something he hopes Walters will practice on her journey to NYFW. “This hairstyle is the perfect place to start, since it works on so many different textures,” agrees Walters—now let’s get to it.

Photographer: James Houston

Hair: Marco Peña and Carly Walters

Makeup: Gloria Noto

Stylist: Christian Stroble

Prop Stylist: Carl Dove 

Model: Asia Jackson