Hollywood waves: The glitz, the glamour and the how-tos.
What you’ll need
Ah Hollywood waves, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways… Popular among A-listers like Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon, as well as brides and prom-goers alike, this iconic look has been well-loved for almost a century and it’s clearly not going anywhere! But what actually are Hollywood waves and what sets them apart from other wavy hairstyle?
The 1930s–60s are widely regarded as the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’, with the famous movie stars of the era (think Marilyn Monroe, Martha Hyer and Grace Kelly) bringing this glamorous style to the masses.
The classic Hollywood waves that we all know and love combine 3 key factors: a deep side parting, big, soft curls and, of course, masses of shine. So now that you know where this style originated, it’s time for you to take on the trend yourself, using our foolproof step-by-step tutorial, below!
How to create classic Hollywood waves like the stars
Prep your strands.
Create a side parting.
Divide your hair into sections.
Curl your fringe.
Don’t forget to wrap the hair towards your face, not away from it, as this will help you to create the characteristic Hollywood waves hair look. Hold in place for a few seconds then release, catching the curl and using a sectioning clip to pin it in place to cool.
Curl the rest of your hair.
Taking pieces of hair around 2-3 inches thick at a time, work your way around your head until all of your strands has been curled and pinned.
Brush out your curls.
For an extra touch of glamour, you can also add a spritz of shine spray, like the TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray, for the ultimate red carpet-ready style!
How to create sultry side-swept Hollywood waves
Now that you’ve got the basic Hollywood waves method down, why not play around with different variations of the look, such as side-swept curls?
Jessica Chastain and Megan Fox are big fans of this look, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for us!
Essentially a more sultry version of old Hollywood waves, it’s the perfect flirty date-night style if you’re out to impress! Find out how to steal this style, below.
To transform your regular Hollywood waves into a sultry side-swept variation, follow the basic steps above. The only difference is, instead of leaving your curls to hang loose after brushing them out, sweep them over one shoulder and use bobby pins to secure the back of your hair into place.
To prevent frizz from ruining your precise part and ensure that your glam goddess look stays perfectly pristine, work a few pumps of an oil or serum through your mid-lengths and ends.
Et voila: you’re ready for your red carpet close-up!
Looking for more ways to rock waves? Head on over to our Wavy Hairstyles page now, where you’ll find everything from the perfect beachy wave tutorial to our tried-and-tested methods for creating waves without heat. It’s all wavy, baby!