These Old Hollywood Waves Are Perfect For Any Valentine's Day Date

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These Old Hollywood Waves Make Any Valentine's Day Date More Romantic

08 February 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’ve already reserved a table for two at your favorite restaurant, you’re going to need a killer hairstyle that pairs perfectly with your date night dress. Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, what could be more fitting for the occasion than romantic old Hollywood waves? Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, this timeless ‘do is sure to impress. Wondering how to get the look? We teamed up with Jamie Wiley, Pureology artist, to help you get ready for your big night.

How To Style Old Hollywood Waves

curling iron styling old hollywood waves

Start small.

Beginning on the opposite side of your part, grab a section of hair from your hairline to your ear and divide it into two sections. Apply a few spritzes of the Pureology Style + Protect Soft Finish Hairspray throughout the section. Using a 1.25-inch curling iron, clamp the segment of hair at the base. Then, twist the curling iron until all of the hair is wrapped around it.

hand holding curl for old hollywood waves style

Complete your first curl.

Hold the curling iron facing downward and gently release the curl into your hand. Don’t let the curl loose just yet! Release the curl into your hand to help it cool down, then use hair clips to pin it against your head to set.


close view of curling iron for old hollywood waves style

Move to the back.

For this part, you’re going to need four even sections. Divide the hair at the back of your head straight down the middle. Then, pull the top half of each side forward to create two more segments. Curl the top sections first, using the same pin curl technique mentioned before.

hand holding curling iron for old hollywood waves style


Curl the two sections closest to the nape of your neck, continuing with the same technique.

curling iron around front section of hair for old hollywood waves style

Keep curling.

On the side your hair is parted to, comb all of the hair forward and apply a few more spritzes of the Pureology Style + Protect Soft Finish Hairspray. Take the section of hair closest to the front of your hairline and curl the segment back and away from your face. Pin the curl to your head to let it set.

hair wrapped around curling iron for old hollywood waves style

Continue this curling technique as you style the remaining sections, pinning each curl to your head as you go. 

 

woman's hair in clipped curls for old hollywood waves style

Cool and set.

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, wait five to ten minutes before releasing your curls from the pins. This step will ensure that your ringlets last all night long.

hand brushing out curls for old hollywood waves style

Loosen your waves.

When your strands are completely cool, remove the clips and allow your curls to drop. Use a paddle brush to gently brush through the hair to soften the waves and tuck your hair behind your ear on the opposite side of your part.

woman with finished old hollywood waves style

Don’t skip the hairspray.

Last but not least, apply a few more spritzes of hairspray to lock your waves in place. Now, you’re ready to take on Valentine’s day with a vintage hairstyle that is sure to last!

Looking to have your hair professionally styled for Valentine’s day? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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