The wavy hair trend is everywhere these days and it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere anytime soon. It's extremely versatile and can be altered to suit any style - messy or polished - whatever your preference, half the battle of getting the look you want lies in the tool. We're showing you the various looks you can achieve with each hot tool so you can choose knowing your waves will turn out just how you want them.
A curling wand tends to be a popular choice for achieving wavy hair. Since it doesn't have a clamp, it is relatively easy to use (you don't have to worry about any weird bends) and it will give you that coveted, "S" shaped curl. You can curl your hair in alternating directions or keep it more uniform by curling all your strands away from your face. Whatever your preference, you want to make sure that the pieces that frame your face are curled outwards for the most flattering look. Simply point the curling iron downwards for a looser curl and keep in mind that the tighter and closer together you wrap the hair around the wand, the tighter the waves will be.
Though clamp style curling irons used to be the go to hot tool for getting perfect waves, curling wands seem to be taking over. Still, curling irons are great for getting a more put together look like polished ringlets or a prom-style half up-do. Pro Tip: Make sure to curl the hair outwards and away from your face to prevent getting any bends from the clamp.
Believe it or not, a flat iron can also be used to achieve gorgeous waves. Start out by holding the flat iron facing straight upwards, taking one inch sections (starting at the front of your hair) and twirling it around and under the straightener, always going away from your face. The movement should feel like you are curling a ribbon with a scissors. It takes practice but you want to make sure the motion is fluid to avoid unwanted kinks. One of the perks of using a flat iron is that it can give you a vast assortment of looks. You can get an "S" shaped wave or a curl that is concentrated more towards the end of the hair giving the appearance of a round brush blowout. Best of all, if you want the beach wave look, you don't have to switch tools since you can just straighten the tips of your hair as you curl.
Make sure to use a heat protectant spray before getting started with any of these hot tools. Finish off the look with some hairspray and shine serum, and you're all set!