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There’s nothing quite like the glitz and glam of the American film industry during Hollywood’s Golden Age. For nearly three decades, Hollywood actors and actresses dazzled cinemas everywhere with their stunning looks and ensembles. One of the most iconic—and most beloved—hairstyles of the era were old Hollywood waves, popularized by film actresses who were idolized due to their morale-boosting glamour during that bleak, war-torn time.
The look features big, soft, sculpted waves with a side part and a show-stopping shine (the better to impress on the big screen too!). See how to get this undeniably beautiful, red carpet-worthy look in a few easy steps. Read on to discover how you can create old Hollywood waves in two ways:
Tutorial: Old Hollywood Waves
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Blow-dry and detangle your hair.
Section off the fringe area.
Curl fringe around a wand.
Repeat on the remaining sections.
Brush out your curls.
Ed’s note: For a lighter look for everyday, run fingers through the hair once again after brushing out your curls for a more tousled, casual-chic feel.
Easy Way to Create Hollywood Waves
Step 1: Wash hair in preparation.
Start off by washing your hair in preparation for a fresh and voluminous style.
Step 2: Blow-dry your hair.
Part your hair to the side and then blow-dry with a round brush to create even more volume. Starting from the back of your head, position the hairbrush underneath the roots of each section of hair and place the blow-dryer with concentration nozzle attached at the top. Blow-dry your hair from the root-to-ends, continuing this process throughout your entire head. When you get to the front section of your hair, blow-dry in the direction you want your hair to fall. In this case, for the Hollywood look, blow-dry your hair up and away from the face.
Step 3: Create your curls.
Using a large curling iron, you’re now going to create loose and sexy curls. Section your hair starting from the back and clip away the rest of your hair. Place the curling iron to the mid-shaft of your section, then twirl your hair around the barrel. Hold for a few seconds then release. After each curl, pin curl the section. This will help set the curls. If you want a more wavy version of the curl, opt for a hair wand instead. Point the wand downward and wrap your hair around the barrel for a few seconds and release.
Step 4: Release the pin curls.
After curling your entire head, remove your pin curls. Comb or brush through your hair to give it a fluffy and natural-looking finish.
Pro tip: To get the most out of your look, pin curl your hair at night and sleep on a silk pillowcase, or with a satin bonnet. In the morning release your pin curls, massage hair at the roots to help revive volume. Smooth a hair serum onto your hair if you need any extra shine. If hair becomes greasy throughout the week, apply dry shampoo at your roots, massage it in then gently brush through the hair.