How to Create Retro Glam Waves

Test drive this look before Valentine's Day.

woman wearing retro glam waves on blonde hair


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We can all agree that we have dreamed of wearing red carpet-worthy hairstyles in real life. Within the past year, we’ve noticed more and more celebrities bringing back vintage hairstyles and giving them a stylish, modern spin. The wet hair trend, the finger waves, retro glam waves, and victory rolls are nothing new, but yet we see it on the red carpet, swoon over it, and then need to try it ASAP!

Out of the aforementioned styles, retro glam waves are hot on our radar at the moment. It’s a sexy look that has been a favorite since the 1930s (not to mention that it’s still one of the hottest vintage hairstyles to date). In the past, women used soft sponge rollers to achieve the look, but today, it’s as simple as using a hair wand and a great brush. Read on to learn more about how you can score this look in under 20 minutes.

Tutorial: Retro Glam Waves

blonde woman wearing stylish retro glam waves on long hair
Retro glam waves are perfect for any formal occasion or even for a date. Try the look and pair it up with elegant accessories and a bold red lip.

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

Wash your hair with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo and condition with Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner for a sleek, smooth and frizz-free base.

Step 2: Prep your hair with a heat protectant.

Before adding your curls, prep hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to protect your hair against the damaging effects of heat. 

Step 3: Curl with hair wand.

Use a hair wand to create small corkscrew curls all over your hair. Simply hold the wand facing down and wrap your sections around. Hold in place for a few seconds and release.

Step 4: Finger comb.

Once you’ve added curls to your entire head, use your fingers to comb through and separate your curls.

Step 5: Brush through to create waves.

Use a boar bristle hair brush to brush your hair flat, allowing your curls to form into bouncy waves.

Step 6: Apply serum for a silky finish and done!

To finish your look, pump a dime-sized amount of Bed Head by TIGI Control Freak Serum into your palm and rub your hands together to emulsify. Using the palm of your hands, smooth the serum onto your hair to give it a smooth, silky finish. It will also help to prevent frizz.

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