1.03.2012

How To: Wavy Curls


One of my favorite hairstyles is the wavy curl.
It's not totally wavy, and not a ringlet curl either--it's sort of in between. Here are my inspirations:
Tools:

  • 1 in curling iron--you will use the clamp
  • Brush
  • Hairspray
  • Smaller curling iron/wand (optional)
  • Styling paste/putty/wax (optional)
  • Heat protectant spray (spray and let dry before curling)

Method:

  • Separate brushed hair into 2 sections, and work from back to front--that's how I do it. Separate hair how you'd like (some do 3 sections: top and sides) or work front to back. I tend to do what is the quickest for me. This hairstyle takes me about 10 minutes.
  • Lift up the clamp on the curling iron and slide a 1 inch section of hair to the middle of the section. Make sure you are curling away from your face.
  • Let go of the clamp and roll up the iron close to the scalp. Close the clamp and hold a few seconds (5-10, depending on thickness).
  • Move down the section of hair by sliding down and rolling up, until you get to the end of your section. Spray hair.
  • Repeat until all hair is curled. Once hair has cooled, feel free to separate curly waves with fingers. Spray hair all over. You're finished! 
  • Once hair has cooled, use the smaller curling wand/iron to go back over any pieces that didn't curl or you can pick random sections (optional)
  • To get more of a piecey  look, rub a dime-sized amount of paste in your hands, and pick random sections of hair (like a piece by your face). Work the product lightly onto the section, starting in the middle and focusing on the ends. (optional)
{Here's a closeup 10 hours later after wearing a hat and 30 mph winds}
  • PS: By starting the curl in the middle of the hair, instead of the end and rolling up, you will get the wavy curly and avoid the ringlet curl.

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80 comments:

  1. Why is it i can't do this!!! I am so jealous, they look wonderful

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  2. I've got short hair now so I can't actually use this tutorial but I just gotta throw in that you have some amazingly pretty hair!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. Your hair looks so lovely Elle. I tried this once but for some reason couldn't do it....my friend finished it off for me and she did a wonderful job. Some of us I think....are just not able....:-(. I might try it again after being inspired by your tutorial.

    Have a brilliant New Year sweetie!
    Reese
    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

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  4. this looks beautiful on you! thank you for sharing it with us so maybe we can have just as gorgous looking hair at you do (;

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    p.s. thanks for entering my giveaway! that's so awesome you have a dog! (:

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  5. I might have to try this! My hair refuses to stay curly no matter what I do to it.

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  6. P.S. oops! i just responded to the wrong comment about disney world! LOL! let me clarify...i follow another blog called ellesee (without an 's')... she had commented too and i thought it was you! haha(:

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  7. Gah! I am so with you - Kate Beckinsale has AMAZING hair. Love her! :)

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  8. Gah! I am so with you - Kate Beckinsale has AMAZING hair. Love her! :)

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  9. I love VD! Guess what? It starts again on Thursday!!!! We get to swoon over our man again. hahaha

    and you look amazing with the wavy hair girlie. Real prettyy :)

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  10. Happy New Year!!! I hope 2012 will be the best year ever for all of us. I hope this year will be creative, full of passion and hope.

    i love to do my hair like this so much, you look gorgeous.

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  11. I love doing my hair like this too. Yours turned out great!

    http://chicgeekery.blogspot.com/

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  12. So pretty!! I just wish I had the patience for the curling iron! And I never think of KB when it comes to hair, but you're right, her locks are gorgeous!

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  13. Good tip on starting the curl in the middle and not at the end.
    Have you ever tried the no heat curl method with a headband? If you google it on Utube you will see the video how tops. It actually works!

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  14. love love Nina Dobrev's hair and yours looks exactly the same! fabulous! x

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  15. the only reason i haven't cut my hair yet is to some of these days wear this cute look you are featuring today Elle!

    thanks for sharing, your hair is so pretty<3 Kate looks so cute in that pic! i'm gonna practice today :)

    kisses and happy 2012,
    teresa
    www.trend-ish.com

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  16. Thanks for the tutorial! I love this look, but I've never known how to do it correctly.

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  17. Those are some gorgeous waves! I don't know if my hair is long enough to do this, but I'm going to try!

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  18. I LOVE wavy curls! I wish my hair was long enough to do this!
    www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

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  19. Once again you're ALMOST making me want to grow out my hair.

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  20. I need my hair to grow a few more inches and then i can do this!

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  21. Looks amazing!
    I usually create wavy curls with a 1.5 inch flat iron- sounds crazy but it works and the curl really holds. :)

    Happy 2012!

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  22. you have gorgeous hair lady! to bad i just chopped my hair off!! ; ) and kate beckinsale is such a hottie! love her hair.

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  23. great post! i love to curl my hair as well :)
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  24. I'd love to grow my hair out and do this!! Awesome!

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  25. you're so silly! haha loving the wavy look too! can't wait for my hair to grow out so i can do it. But getting the tendency to wait to cut it super short! hope you had a great new years =)

    <3joannie
    anurban-explorer.blogspot.com

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  26. I've been trying to learn how to do this for ages, thanks for the tutorial, its a good one and looks easy compared to others I've read in magazines. Your looks so lovely. All I have to do now, is bookmark it and wait for my hair to grow a little more ;)

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  27. great tutorial! Shall try soon :P

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  28. i really need to get one of those... so useful!!

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  29. really like your blog
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    happy new year!

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  30. looks great! i so wish i had the patience to do something fun with my hair!

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  31. your hair looks awesome!!!! Love hair tutorials. I'm always looking for new ways to do my hair! & kate beckinsale is totally my hair icon too! She always looks beyond amazing!

    xo Jackie
    ...livingaftermidnite

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  32. Love this tutorial! I have that curling iron, so next time I curl my hair, I'll have to try this.

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  33. I love this look. I never thought to use a smaller iron for pieces that didnt curl. Great tip.

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  34. Your hair looks amazing! I'm so glad I read this because I've always started at the bottom and always gotten the stupid ringlet. Thank you!

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  35. So beautiful!

    I'll have to try that!

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  36. Love the waves!!!! Wish my hair was longer so I could pull it off the way you do

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  37. perfect way to start the year: showing off your gorgeous face (and hair obvi)
    :)

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  38. perfect way to start the year: showing off your gorgeous face (and hair obvi)
    :)

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  39. I so love this look! My favorite way to wear my hair. Unfortunately I'm not that skilled with the curling iron though so thanks for the tips :)

    xoxo

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  40. Looks awesome! Wish I could get my hair to do anything besides frizz.

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  41. love this look. great post!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  42. Loving the curls Elle! Gorgeous!
    Great little tutorial xx

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  43. Wow neat too bad I have short hair lol Cool post though

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  44. Kate Beckinsale has the BEST hair. You got your's to look just like her's, very pretty! Great tutorial, thanks.

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  45. I LOVE this look! You are gorgeous lady!! :)

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  46. Oh, gorgeous! I am bookmarking this so when my hair is long enough I can do this. You look fab girl!

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  47. My curls look nothing like yours - how do you manage such gorgeous all over curls in 10 minutes?! Argh, me and my bad hair frustrations! ;o)

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  48. That really suits you. My hair ringlets pretty much no matter what I do...

    I can't believe you had a John Hughes party! I am SO throwing one of them this year!! (And of course I'll go as Molly Ringwald)

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  49. Your hair looks beautiful Elle! I seriously think you should do hair for advertisement :)

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  50. Mine almost never stay, due to stubborn straight here. Even hair dressers have given up on me. But it looks so good on you and all the other ladies up there! :) *sigh!*

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  51. ohh! you are making me miss my long hair!! i cant wait to grow it back :) but cutting it was a great decision, too :) you look so pretty and your hair is awesome!

    love, jamie
    @jamielechic

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  52. Looks awesome on you Elle! I love that look with hair because it's so natural. Too many reasons to list with the new blog. But I'm very happy with it! haha :D

    http://averysweetblog.com/

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  53. Kate Beckinsale is like my inspiration everything! Including that hot husband of hers! Your curls look great!!

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  54. Your hair is so lovely! I love a wavy curl myself too- I sported it over the holidays :)

    star-crossed smile

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  55. You have such long and beautiful hair Elle. I use a flat iron for mines and it works pretty well too. Thanks for the step by step!

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  56. the wavy curls are just great on you!! it's such a pretty style.

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  57. Fun, fun, fun! This is such a good hair look!

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  58. I'm going to try this though I think my hair is too short...

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  59. Kate Beckinsale is totally my hair icon as well. Sigh. Your hair is pretty amazing too - able to hold a curl like that? JEALOUS.

    Jenn
    The Suburb Experiment

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  60. I really love this look, but want to try it. You made it look kind of easy. I don't understand what the difference is between a curling iron with and without a clamp though. Why would you want one over the other?

    *Erin

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  61. This is such a great tutorial -- your waves look AMAZING!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  62. I always enjoy your tutorial. Thanks! xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  63. Beautiful inspirational looks and even better your hair!!:) Great tip for styling curls!!!
    kisses
    Jelena
    glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com

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  64. Your hair looks amazing! What a fab tutorial.

    Leia

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  65. I love this! Wavy hair is so lovely and I always find it so hard to achieve. I'll have to try this. =)

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  66. I want long hair so I can do this! Great tutorial!

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  67. I totally want this look! Is it possible to get it if I already have curly hair? Not sure how that would be possible, but I like the wavy curls as opposed to ringlet curls. Would be something different :)

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  68. this is a great post but I can PROMISE you that I wouldn't have hair like that after doing this, haha. :)

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  69. LOVE your hair like this!! gorgeous!!

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  70. Lovely hair! Santa brought me a curling iron and I'm excited to give these curls a go :)

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