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