Fall is officially upon us, which means you can use hot tools on your hair without your hard-earned style disappearing instantaneously amidst the balmy summer humidity. So now the only question is: What tool do you reach for?
As runways, designers and it-girls suggest, textured hair is going to be your new go-to style for Fall/Winter 2016. Take Blake Lively's recent transition from soft, feminine waves to an '80s-inspired perm, for example. Or Topshop Unique's deep, throwback side part that gave gravity-defying waves some serious volume and added texture to models hair at London's Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week.
So, as far as the flat-iron-versus-curling-iron debate goes, the latter has always been the more intimidating of the two, which is why many women have opted for flat-iron waves for a more 'lazy' girl appeal. But a recent hair trend, created by L.A. hairstylist Anh Co Tran, proves that going back to our old-fashioned curling iron isn't such a bad thing.
HOW TO CREATE PERFECT COOL-GIRL WAVES
Anh Co Tran recently posted a video on his Instagram account, demonstrating how exactly he creates his cooler, fresher "wave formation" technique. It uses an old-fashioned curling iron and is totally rookie-friendly, meaning you too can achieve this look at home!
The method is a healthy combination of beach waves and classic S-waves that give you that tousled, cool-girl look that everybody wants to achieve. Ready to try this easy hairstyle out for yourself? Grab your curling iron and get ready!
Step 1: Before applying heat to your hair, spray dry hair with a thermal protective spray to prevent heat damage.
Step 2: Next, separate your hair into two equal sections (one section held up with an elastic on top of your head, and the bottom section worn down brushing against the shoulders). Starting on the bottom section of hair, use a 1.5-inch curling iron to lightly clamp down over a small section of hair, alternating direction with the iron as you move down to the ends.
Step 3: Once you've completed the entire bottom section of your head, release the top section of hair from the elastic and repeat. Feel free to throw in some loose barrel curls every now and then to mix things up and create more texture.
Step 4: Once your waves are in tact, apply a small dose of mousse into your hands and gently tousle your hair using your fingers. This can also be achieved with dry texture spray to achieve that messy, cool-girl look.
Remember, when using this technique, you have to be weary of the temperature your curling iron sits at, the amount of time you leave the iron sitting on the hair, and the amount of tension you place on the iron. Too much of one can lead to damage, so recognize your hair type and don't overdo it!