The Path to Perfect Tresses with Fit For A Femme, Part 5 of 6: Making Waves

Happy New Year and welcome back to FFAF’s guide to marvelous hair!

I’m going to walk you through two types of heat styling with four possible finishes, because that’s how I roll, and because I feel like we see a lot of different types of styles and aren’t really sure how to get there. I didn’t always have super malleable locks. When I was a little girl my hair was pin-straight, full of cowlicks, and rejected several attempts at perms (yes, perms, it was the 80s). Pregnancy changed my hair texture slightly, but over time I somehow made it bow to my will (though a few stubborn cowlicks remain). In this picture tutorial, I’ll walk you through making waves with a Remington Pearl Ceramic Elliptical Waving Wand and Babyliss Porcelain Ceramic flat-iron curls. Let’s begin!

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1. Ponytail: I woke up like this! No, seriously. Woke up, scooped my hair into a ponytail. But let’s take that sucker out and brush out any knots.

2. Using a small wooden "My Favorite Brush" from Spornette to carefully brush through the hair, from ends to root to minimize breakage.

3. Done! Perfectly smooth and frizz-free, but let’s add some curl, shall we? Don’t forget to use some heat protectant!

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4. It’s great to have sturdy clips on hand, especially if you have thick hair, or hair with lots of slip. I like these and these, and they’re also great in the shower, for clipping up your hair when you’ve got a conditioning or glossing treatment in and want it out of the way while you attend to other business.

5. I tend to section off the top half of hair from the bottom half, and start on one side of the head at the bottom, but you do you!

6. Wrap a 1” section (more or less) around the wand, leaving the last 1”-2” at the ends loose. This makes the look a little more casual or “beachy.” There’s a science to just enough heat — not too little, not too much — work with your own heat settings and hair texture until you find your Goldilocks jam. Go ahead and alternate the direction of the curl as well as the amount of hair used in each section for an even messier, undone look.

7. Set the shape with a sea salt or texturizing spray. I just picked up Shu Uemura’s Liquid Fabric and it’s a little less intense than Redken’s Wool Shake, so I like it a lot.

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4. Since you’re not going to curl one side different from the other, we’re starting back at Step 4. Same thing with the clips!

5. Flat iron curls take practice, I’m not gonna lie. There’s a combination of tension and hair section and timing that you’ll “get” when you “feel” it, and that only comes with practice. Technique varies, but more or less you’re wrapping the section around the wand and gently pulling through the length of your hair until you reach the ends. As you can see, things can get VERY curly.

6. Shake ‘em out with your fingers, set with a texturizing or hair spray, and you’re done.

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 Voila! On the top left you have the wand, on the right the flat-iron. The center photo shows the flat-iron curls close-up, and the bottom left is more flat-iron results, with the bottom right the less structured wand effect. Now, softening either look by brushing or combing through will give different results. With the wand, seen below, you just make the style softer and more sleek. I used the same Spornette brush to gently work through the curls. For the flat-iron curls, I used a comb and my hands to coax them into a slightly vintage shape. Using a dab of glossing cream and running it over your strands for shine and softness is always a good idea!

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Hope you found that helpful and will play around with the looks yourself! Now we’ve only got one post left, so I’d love to hear your “qwearies” or requests for specific looks or styles. I feel like we’ve covered just about everything under the sun but I’m sure some of you have questions you’re dying to ask us! Don’t be shy.



Catch up with the series:

Part 1: Care & Maintenance
Part 2: Hot Tools
Part 3: Reinforcements
Part 4: Styling Products