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Why it's time for long-haired ladies to forget about their straighteners


From the catwalk to the red carpet, undulating waves are a must this season. But exactly how do you create those perfect soft curls? Katie Wright asks the experts.

Long-haired ladies, it's time to put down your straighteners, because right now a ripple effect is in full force in the beauty world.

Backstage at the SS17 shows and throughout awards season, hair stylists created a slew of gorgeous waved looks, but these aren't the sort of dos that you can just glance at and copy.

Luckily, we've got step-by-step guides for three of the best, so you can get ahead of the curve.

The Hollywood Wave

Get the look:

1. Apply a small amount of mousse to the roots at the top of the head to add hold. Using a pin tail comb, make a clean side parting towards the left, from the forehead to the crown.

2. Section off parts of the hair ready for curling and lightly spray with hairspray. Create waves using a curling iron, pinning each ringlet in place with sectioning clips. Leave to set.

3. Once cool, remove the clips and apply hairspray. Brush the hair flat using a soft bristle brush and tuck behind the ears.


  • John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse, currently reduced to £3.99 from £5.99, Superdrug (
  • John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray, currently reduced to £3.99 from £5.99, Superdrug (
  • Babyliss Volume Waves, £20 (

The Slicked-Back Wave

Get the look:

1. Apply a small amount of mousse from root to tip. Use a round brush to blow-dry the hair, so it has natural body, then apply a coin-sized amount of hair oil or serum.

2. Part the hair from top to bottom and hold the top layer in a ponytail. Pull out one-inch sections of the bottom half and curl in using a curling wand. Release the top ponytail and repeat the process.

3. Spray the hair with a generous amount of hairspray and use a wide comb to pull hair back for a sleek wet look. Angle the comb to a slight side part to add extra detailing and subtle lift at the roots.

4. To finish the look, spritz the hair with hydrating mist for a healthy, glossy shine.


  • Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, £5.50, Tesco (
  • Tresemme Firm Hold Hairspray, £4.50, Tesco (
  • Tresemme Botanique Nourish And Replenish Hydrating Mist, £6.10. Asda (
  • GHD Curve Classic Wave Wand, £120 (

The Laid-Back Wave

Get the look:

1. Apply Damage Remedy Split End Repair to the ends of completely dry hair to instantly draw and bind separated ends back together.

2. Create a middle part, then spritz Thickening Tonic all over hair.

3. Wrap one-inch-wide sections of hair around a large-barrel curling iron. To form ripples rather than corkscrews, hold the iron horizontally to the head before winding strands around the barrel, making sure to keep the ends out of the heat.

4. Work another pea-size drop of Split End Repair through ends for a piece-y effect, then finish by misting with hair spray.


  • Aveda Thickening Tonic, £20 (
  • Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair, £25 (
  • Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, £20 (
  • Cloud Nine Waving Wand, £89.50, John Lewis (

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