It’s one of the hottest looks right now, but achieving the perfect volumised waves can be a somewhat lengthy process without the right tools and products, especially if you have fine hair that just wants to lie flat.
But with revolutionary products hitting shelves on a daily basis, there are now new and quick ways you can achieve the look showcased by stars including Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lawrence.
Here we run down the best ways to get the look at home.
Prep, prep and more prep
This look is all about making sure the hair is pliable to hold the waves in the best way possible. Due to this, it’s best to try it on hair that has not been freshly washed – the morning after a shampoo is the perfect time to give it a go. If you suffer from greasy hair that needs to be washed daily, then spray on a bit of dry shampoo. Batiste's Heavenly Volume dry shampoo is excellent for this. Make sure you brush it out afterwards to ensure you don’t leave any telltale white signs in the hair.
Protect and perfect
One of the most important things to do before using any kind of heated hair tool is to make sure you protect your hair from sudden burst of heat. Our top picks are Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection Spray, or the more purse friendly TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray. KMS California ADD VOLUME Volumizing Spray gives you two for the price of one, adding volume and also protection hair from heat damage. Whichever you choose, make sure you coat each section of hair before hitting it with the tool.
Here’s where it gets really interesting, as there is an endless supply of new volumising tools. If you've opted to wash your hair in the morning then don’t despair – you can still achieve the perfect waves. Instead of drying your locks with a traditional hairdryer, try the Revlon Perfectionist 2-in-One Dryer. This combines the power of a traditional dryer with the effect of a paddle brush, meaning you can brush the hair upwards as it dries to add some more volume. It also stops hair from being frizzy.
Once the hair is dry and ready for styling, break out the EGO Professional EGO Twist - the next generation of curling wand. With four ‘bobbles’ on the wand, it enables the heat to be distributed evenly, meaning the waves will stay in place for longer. Or if you want more of an actual wave rather than a curl, try the Diva Professional Styling 4x Vari-Waver, which has adjustable wave depths.
All about the finish
When you’ve worked hard on achieving the perfect look, you need to make sure it stays in place. The celebrity favourite hairspray remains L'Oréal Paris' Elnett Satin range which has variations such as Extra Strength or Volume Excess, is perfect for your wavy look. KMS California’s HAIRPLAY playable texture spray is another good option, as it’s the perfect multi-tasker. It’s lightweight and not sticky so it feel natural on your hair rather than making your locks stiff and lifeless.