Side Swept Hollywood Waves Perfect For Special Occasions
Style Tutorials, Tricks, and Top Picks

These Side Swept Hollywood Waves Are Perfect For Special Occasions

21 March 2019
chrismakkuh hair
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

The night before any special occasion, your group text is bound to be lit. As you and your friends fire off texts deciding what you’re going to wear and what time you’re going to meet, there’s always one question that stops your right in your tracks—How are you going to style your hair?

It seems like a simple enough question. You do your hair every day. But there’s something about coming up with a hairstyle to perfectly match the occasion that can cause your mind to draw a blank. You could opt for your everyday style, but you know an occasion this special deserves a hairstyle that will turn heads—literally. If you’re still stumped on how to style your dark brown hair or ash blonde strands for your next big event, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re attending a wedding or receiving an award, a special occasion deserves a glamorous hairstyle. We teamed up with Spencer Henry, Redken brand ambassador and stylist, and Instagram influencer Ami Desai (@amidesai) to create flawless texture and movement.

Continue reading if you want to recreate these show-stopping side swept Hollywood waves.

Start with a spray.

woman holiday hair

For this look, you’ll want to start with clean, recently blowdried hair. Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant like Redken’s Iron Shape 11 before wrapping around a 1-inch curling iron. The lightweight spray protects your hair from flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees while adding shine and reducing frizz.

woman holiday hair

Get curly.

Hold or clamp each section of hair until just heated through, approximately 30 to 60 seconds. Continue curling 2-inch sections of your hair until you’ve completed the back and sides. 

woman holiday hair

Think big.

To create extra volume at the crown of your head, give yourself a deep side part and continue curling the hair at the top of your head in 2-inch sections with a 1-inch curling iron.

When you’re finished curling each section, roll the curl up and use a hair clip to hold it in place instead of allowing it to hang loose down your back. Letting your hair cool down while the curls are pinned to your head helps create more volume and bounce at the root of your strands.

woman holiday hair

Brush away.

Once you’ve curled your entire mane, use a boar bristle brush to gently brush out all of your curls (except for the pinned curls at the crown of your head), until you achieve your desired S-shape wave.

woman holiday hair

Sweep everything to the side.

Sweep all of your hair over your right shoulder and place several bobby pins on the left side of your head to keep the hair in place. Remove the pin curls from the crown of your head and use a comb to comb out your curls to create voluminous S-shaped waves gently.

Woman getting brown hair styled


Gently backcomb the ends of your hair to create a voluminous final look and set your style with a firm hold hairspray like Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength Anti-Frizz Hairspray

woman with curled brown hair


Now you have a hairstyle that’s just as glamorous as you are.

Looking for a glamorous hairstyle for your next big event? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

Take Our Hair Routine Finder Quiz

I like this article
Be the first to like this article

Oops, something went wrong! Please try again later...

More to discover

woman with short blonde pin up girl hair and woman with longer pin up girl hair
18 June 2019

Pin-Up Girl Hair: 8 Ways To Wear A Vintage Style

Pin-up girl style is some of the most feminine and elaborate out there, but pin-up girl hair doesn't have to be. Follow our tutorials for easy, vintage-inspired hairstyles.

Flowers in hair
12 December 2018

20 Chic Updos To Try On Short Hair In 2018

It may sound counterintuitive, but updos for short hair are some of the most stylish we've seen. Read on for some of the best to try in 2018.

Braided Bantu Knots
31 July 2018

Bantu Knots: What Are They And How To Style Them

If you’re thinking about bantu knots as your next ‘do, check out some of our favorite styles for inspiration.

Salon Locator

Salon Locator

Can your hair look as good as your Pinterest board? Short answer: YES. Long answer: STILL YES… but you need a professional salon and the right products to get you there. Find the best match for your style, hair goals, and price range now. Find a hair salon near you to get your dream hair now.

We use cookies to give you the best user experience and personalisation on our site and third party sites. By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, see our Cookies Policy.