How to Get Big Hollywood Waves in My Hair

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How to Get Big Hollywood Waves in My Hair
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Achieve the red carpet hairstyles of Julia Roberts, Gisele Bundchen and Shakira by putting big, loose waves in medium length or long hair. Hollywood-style waves work with side parts, centre parts and fringe as well as a variety of hair colours and textures. Big waves give hair the appearance of fullness and volume without creating tight, childish curls or a look that's too elegant for the workplace or shopping. Women can leave hair down after waving it or put it in a half or full ponytail for a bouncy, swept-back look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Blow dryer
  • Round brush
  • Curling iron with 1-inch to 2-inch barrel
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Aerosol hairspray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner. Towel dry thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Apply a small handful of volumizing mousse to damp hair. Flip head upside down and blow dry to create volume near the roots. Instyle.com recommends dryer hair with a round brush, which straightens uneven kinks and provides lift.

  3. 3

    Heat the curling iron to a medium-high setting. Section hair into manageable portions. Curl 1-inch sections with a 1-inch curling iron for tight waves or curl 2- to 3-inch sections in a larger curling iron for loose, bouncy waves.

  4. 4

    Twist the curling iron up to the chin to create waves from the chin down. Roll the curling iron to the top of the ear to form waves that bend near the top of the cheekbone. Curl hair towards the back, away from the face, to prevent hair from curling into the eyes.

  5. 5

    Hold hair taut in the curling iron for 10 to 15 seconds. Release the curling iron and let hair fall naturally off the barrel. Softly run fingers through each wave to loosen curls and produce volume.

  6. 6

    Mist waves with hairspray. Use short bursts of mist as opposed to a steady spraying motion to allow waves to move freely and not stick together.

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