Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair Tutorial

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired the other night, and it featured soft, fresh makeup and relaxed waves, a bit of a break from the usual VS look. Today, I'm going to share how to create the hairstyle at home.

The key to this look is the Beachwaver, by celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa. This is what was used on the models at the show. What makes this different than a usual curling iron is that it rotates in either direction. There's a short video at the end to demonstrate.

You can get one at ULTA. I had a chance to try out the S1 version and loved it. It's an Allure Mag Winner! Of any motorized curling product, this is hands down my fave. I've had to practically pry it from the hands of those who have tried it, including my sister, who has wavy hair. They all liked how easy it was to use. I even did my ultimate test of Make a Guy Try It. He did it perfectly on my hair the first try!

How To:
  • Step 1: Be a VS model with perfect hair, extensions, long layers in hair, etc. Just kidding. I'm working with what I have here, so the first thing is to create a center part. I don't like that on me, so I'm doing an off-center one. 

Time to add texture:
  • If you're dealing with first day (or in my case 4th day) hair, adding some dry shampoo or volumizing powder will give hair some texture. Spray onto palms and then scrunch hair. Don't forget the roots for volume.
  • I like to do one half of my hair first. Take a 1 inch section on the right side of your head and clamp down, as pictured above.

Here's what it should look like in the next step:
  • Hold the RIGHT arrow and hair will spin to the roots. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release. I set mine for 350, which will do for most hair types. There are two speeds on the Beachwaver S1, so you can set it for fast or slow. If I do fast, I'm done in around 6 minutes. Slow: 10.

Here's what the curl will look like.
  • Repeat for the rest of the right side. Then, for the left, click the LEFT arrow to curl the left side of your face.
Allow curls to cool and then add a volumizing spray, like the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Also recommend Sally Hershberger's version (literally the same for $10 cheaper. Both are at Sephora). Big Sexy Hair is another brand to try. I'm doing this instead of teasing my hair for volume. I add it to my roots and through out my hair. I break up the curls with my fingers.

Here's the finished product! This is a still from the video below. Please watch to see another version of creating this hairstyle:


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Would you try the Beachwaver?
Extra Elle:
  • This week has been dragging by for me--I am working at my day job longer than usual this week. Maybe that's a good thing because the weekend is going to be so busy.
  • All the presents are purchased but I haven't wrapped a thing yet. 


  1. I am just starting to use my curling iron more, it's not easy to learn! Great tutorial! Hope today goes by fast!

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  2. That wand looks amazing! Your hair looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    Doused In Pink

  3. Your hair looks amazing - pinning! I'm a total dunce trying to achieve waves with my curling iron as I always get the dreaded clamp mark. So this product looks like a huge win for me <3

    Green Fashionista

  4. Your hair looks amazing! Love the beachy, sexy waves! I think I need that curling iron! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. that hair! perfection. i try to do that kind of a curl/wave every other day. i love it. also i totally need to wrap everything too! i have everything bought i think but so much of that to do. that's my goal this weekend!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. Love this tutorial! Your hair looks amazing, Elle!


  7. Your waves look gorgeous! I am in the market for a new curling iron so I definitely need to check this out!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  8. That's such an awesome tutorial! I've never heard of the Beachwaver and now I really want to give it a try.

  9. Their effortless waves are my favorite! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  10. I've never heard of a curling wand like this! I'm horrible at curling my hair lol!! Will be watching your video later. And I agree that this week is dragging!

  11. so pretty! your hair look lovely a little curled!

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  12. This is a gorgeous look and perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing how to achieve it!

  13. You hair looks perfect with the curls, Elle! I think my hair is a little too short for this now so I haven't been using my curlers as much but I will keep this in mind once my hair is a little longer!

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  14. I can´t have the body of a VS model but at least the hair! ;-) xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  15. This week is dragging for me too. I feel weird wearing center parts too. I haven't since high school! Your hair always looks fab!

  16. Love this! I was actually watching the show today :) Now I can look like them (at least in the hair!)

  17. I need to try a curling wand, although I am sure it'd take a little practice. Your hair looks great!


  18. Such a great tutorial! I need to find myself a curler like this xD xx

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  19. My hair is too short to curl, but my sister has a similar type wand/curler thing and she loves it!

  20. Those soft waves are so pretty! I'm working on perfecting my curling with a wand but have yet to try anything motorized (it scares me a little!). I'm impressed you have all your shopping done! ;)

  21. Your hair looks fabulous! Saving this since I still am terrible at styling my hair.

  22. You make this look so stinking easy in your video!!! It makes me want to run out and get one. I love how it just curls it around the wand for you. Sort of takes the guess work out of it I guess. I really want to start doing something with my hair. I have down and straight or pony tail as my two looks haha.

  23. Watching your video!
    You bought all presents? That's wonderful! I'm still not even close!!! Wahhhhh!

    1. Btw I didn't know I wasn't subscribed with our vlog channel!!!!!! 🙊🙊🙊

  24. Pretty! This is my favorite hairstyle in general. I want this curling iron!!!! I have an automatic curler but I'm always terrified to use it because the hair goes into a chamber.

  25. awesome tutorial. That awesome you got your christmas shopping done. I still have some shopping to do.


  26. Absolutely ADORE the result!!! Now I wish I had long hair... x

  27. I really want to try this! I love beach waves, and your hair looks so pretty!


  28. Your hair looks fabulous! Love the waves :)

  29. This looks so amazing and easy! I love how natural your curls look!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  30. You did a great job! Sometimes I wish I had long hair.

  31. You look so beautiful, I know it is about curls, but I loved the lipstick color! I liked your hair very much, but in my case I wouldn't add the volumizing spray, cause I have thin and dry hair, and if I add that spray I end up with a broom as hair. Thankfully yours is not that way and looks gorgeous!

  32. Your hair looks amazing, great tutorial!

  33. Your hair looks so good and that was pretty easy. For your friends that tried it did any of them have short hair? I haven't checked Youtube yet but I'm wondering for my mom but she has pretty short hair.

  34. I love va-va voom hair styles! I sometimes miss curling my hair sometimes. But then again, I'm not good at it and my hair would never look like this. haha

  35. I love the loose waves look. I am a little jealous you get to 4 days, I have to spot at 3 days.

  36. you look AMAZING dear so cute lips :) and a great blog btw

    Check out my new post - Modern styled Christmas inspiration :)

    have a lovely weekend!

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  37. haha when i saw 'S1 version' i thought it said $1 and i was like, $1 i could get down with that.
    this looks super nifty! i want to try it. maybe i'll ask for it for christmas.

  38. This style suits you so much it makes me want to grow my hair super long. Also I picked up that oribe spray iN space nk the other day but wasn't sure what to use it for ? Does it feel drying like a dry shampoo?



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