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The Old Hollywood Wave Reinvented

The Old Hollywood wave used to be seen on the head of every starlet. This look featured tight waves that began high up on the head. For its time, it was glamorous, chic, and completely in trend. The tighter waves of those years aren’t exactly in style anymore; however, they are the foundation to many modern hairstyles. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to get modern tight waves, a re-invention of the Old Hollywood Wave. This hairstyle will look super chic on any red carpet, and it will compliment any classy party outfit.

How to Get this Look for Yourself:

Step 1: Section, Hairspray, and Curl

First, spray your whole head with hairspray, and brush it out. Applying hairspray before you curl your hair will ensure the curls hold tighter. Then, section your hair into layers. Begin curling 1’’ sections with the bottom most layer and work your way up your head.

Step 2: Repeat Throughout the Entire Head

Repeat this action throughout all your hair until your full head has been curled. At the end, curl a few sections up at the very top of your hair, near your scalp, to ensure you get the most volume out of this look. Hairspray the hair one more time so it will set better during the next step.

Step 3: Twist Your Hair

Next, twist your hair tightly in the direction of the curl. Circle the twist around and pin it to your head.

Step 4: Repeat Throughout the Entire Head

Repeat this until all of your hair has been twisted and pinned. Then, hairspray all the twists, again.

Step 5: Wait One Hour

Wait one hour for the twists to set. If you are getting ready for an event, you could use this time to do your makeup.

Step 6: Remove the Twists and Brush Out

After the hour, remove the twists from your hair and brush them out. Your hair will probably look very big and wild now, but that is okay. It will relax.

Step 7: Fine Tune the Look

Lastly, fine tune the look. Use this moment to touch up any curls that need it, and then set the part the way you like it. For this look, I prefer to do a side part. So, for my final step, I created a side part.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: Actress Malorie Mackey attends the Presents The Los Angeles Debut Of Lecoanet Hemant At “One Night In Paris” at Sofitel Hotel on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

And that’s it! Now you have my reinvented version of the Old Hollywood Wave.


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