Hollywood glam waves have been around for as long as we can remember. If you think of the old-time and classic celebrities like Rita Hayworth or more contemporary ones like Blake Lively and Amanda Seyfried, you will be able to picture exactly what we are talking about.
Those perfect and consistent waves serving as an adornment make for a gorgeous hairstyle. If you want to get your Hollywood glam up and try making waves both in your own hair and around you, here is a primer on what these waves exactly are and how you can get them for yourself.
What Are Hollywood Glam Waves?
Hollywood glam waves are a fashionable and elegant hairstyle involving elevated, voluminous, smooth-flowing, uniform and loose curls. The waves form an even line, resulting in a sleek and glossy look.
These waves might sound difficult to incorporate into your hair, but the process is actually manageable if you proceed using the right sequence of steps. Make sure you know exactly the kind of look you want to achieve while also accounting for the waiting period between creating the style and displaying it at an event.
Keep in mind that different hair types and textures are likely to result in different results and appearances. If you want to change your look considerably, you might need to take a few extra steps to let your hair set before you move on to forming the waves.
If you do not feel too confident making these waves on your own, you can also make your way to a stylist or hairdresser to do it for you.
How to Get Hollywood Glam Waves
To try creating the Hollywood glam waves in your own hair, you will need to follow a few steps in an established order so that you can carry out the precise look that you are envisioning.
Go through the following steps to get started on the process.
Before you begin the process, you should bring together all the tools and materials that you will need to make the waves in your hair. The process of forming the waves will only require tools like a curling iron, pins, a hair dryer and a brush or comb.
However, you will also need some reliable products to both prepare and finish your curling process. Some of these include:
- Hair cream
- Hair spray
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hair serum
- Holding spray
- Shine spray
- Hair extensions (if required)
- Heat protectant
Make sure you use products that are safe, healthy and nourishing for your hair instead of those that contain too many chemicals. The latter could end up doing more harm than good in the long run, which is why opting for reputed products is important here.
Prepare Your Hair
You can now move on to preparing your hair for making the waves. Make sure you wash your hair with quality shampoo and conditioner right before you begin the process. Let your hair dry to a certain point but make sure it still remains a bit damp so that you can work with it more conveniently.
You should now apply all the necessary hair products so that you can ensure that your hair remains protected and is also able to hold the waves for a longer time. Start off with a heat protectant along with hair cream and moisturizer. Finish off with a hair spray.
Make sure you apply each product liberally at the roots and throughout the length of your hair.
Part and Section Your Hair
You should take a comb with a narrow or tail-like end and use it to part and section your hair. A side part looks wonderful with these glam waves, although you can also follow your natural part. It is possible to let go of the part if you want a messier look, but this might end up loosening your waves a bit more than you might like.
Once you make the parting that you are satisfied with, take the end of the comb to create precise and equal sections or segments. A good idea here is to blow dry them with the help of a round brush and then pinning each section up.
Work with Natural Texture
Staying true to your natural texture is vital for achieving truly glamorous waves. If your hair is already a bit naturally wavy, it will make it much easier for you to create the waves.
For naturally curly hair, you can try straightening the hair a bit before forming the waves whereas straight hair will require some more holding time for keeping the waves in place.
Based on your natural texture, you will also need to use tools of the right sizes, with thicker and coarser hair requiring bigger barrels for the curling irons. Do a bit of your own homework and research so that you can find the right tool to work with.
Make Pin Curls
A simple way in which you can make Hollywood glam waves is by forming pin curls. Note that this does not require the use of a curling iron at all and requires mostly manual work, making it a lot more time consuming and requiring way more effort on your part.
To make the waves through this method, go through the following steps.
- Part your hair and separate them into distinct and uniform sections.
- Take a pin-tail comb and use the end to form curls for each section of your hair, starting from the bottom.
- Take the curl and hold it against your scalp or neck and pin it in place using some clips. Repeat this step for each section that you wish to curl.
- Apply some hair spray throughout your hair and let the pinned curls sit for a few hours.
- Remove the curls, brush them properly but smoothly and style them in the required manner.
- Apply a serum or finishing spray to keep the glam waves in place.
Use Curling Iron
A curling iron is one of the best tools you can use to create uniform waves in your hair. Make sure you plug it in and heat it up before you wrap a section of hair around it. Use the clamp to hold each segment and create the wrapping movement while also controlling the movement of the iron in your hair.
Make sure you curl each segment in the same direction so that you can achieve the uniform look that these waves demand. The best place to start is from the ends of your hair before making your way up.
After wrapping the hair, twirl the curling iron a bit and hold it in place for a few seconds before letting go.
Keep Your Hair Pinned
Once you are done curling your hair using the iron, take some prong clips or standard aluminum pins to pin each curl in place. This will help secure the shape of the curls or waves so that you can have an easier time retaining them later on, thus ensuring that they last throughout the event or occasion.
Make sure you keep these curls pinned for around 15 minutes or so. If you are still not happy with the results, keep them pinned for a bit longer before you remove them entirely.
Brush Your Hair
Take an oval brush or paddle brush or even a comb with wide teeth and brush your curls with it. This might sound like a bad idea because you might think that all your curls will come undone through this step, but this will actually smoothen the tight curls and remove the ringlets present in your hair.
This will provide you with a more natural flow, resulting in the quintessential Hollywood glam waves.
Make it a point to brush the hair until you start seeing the waves clearly. It might take you a few minutes. You can also use your fingers to scrunch up or twirl some of the waves a bit.
Apply Finishing Product
Once you are done brushing or combing your hair, take some serum and holding spray or shine spray to secure the look. This will also enhance the glossiness of your hair and provide a lovely glow to complete the style.
You can also style the hair in the way that you want, such as making a loose ponytail, braiding a small section, clipping your hair halfway through and more. Once you do this, try not to keep fiddling with your hair too much as this could loosen the waves and create frizz.
Hollywood glam waves have always been the talk of the town. If you want to feel glamorous for a special occasion, this is definitely a hairstyle that you can try out either on your own or with someone’s help. Make sure you prepare your hair well enough while also forming even segments.
The right finishing products and curling tools are also important to ensure that your hair responds well to them. Go ahead, then! Try it out and let your waves do the talking!