Want to stand out in a sea of partygoers this holiday season? What better way to do so than to rock a classic, glamorous style such as cascading waves? It’s a sophisticated, romantic look that doesn’t really take more than a curling iron and some mousse—things that every beauty girl worth her salt already has on the ready—and a bit of an eye for precision.
The little detail that separates cascading waves from your regular, run-of-the-mill curly hairstyle is the positioning of your waves. Big and structured, they’re typically brushed out to align perfectly, giving the impression of polished perfection—your basic A-Lister’s red-carpet look, in other words. Scroll down as we deconstruct this classy look that’s ideal for your glitzy holiday parties (we love it for Christmas Eve and NYE!):
After towel-drying and combing hair out to detangle, apply a ping-pong ball-sized amount of mousse from root to tip. We like the effortless structure we get from a volumizing formula like Nexxus New York Salon Care Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam. Distribute evenly through locks by using a wide-toothed comb.
Blow-dry your hair.
Using a medium heat setting and your fingers to rough-dry, blow-dry hair till its 90 percent dry.
Create your side part.
Using the end of a rat-tail comb, create a side part and comb through to refine and smoothen.
Twirl hair around a 1.25″ or 1.5″ barrel curling iron, hold for around five to eight seconds, then release. For a more modern, structured wave, do as the stylists did backstage at Rebecca Minkoff and curl hair horizontally, not vertically. Repeat on all sections, starting the curl at ear length and going in one direction.
Brush it out.
Take a flat brush (paddle or oval) and lightly brush curls to separate and soften each section, aligning them as you go. No tugging!