Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Get the Perfect Loose Wave

As you all know, I teamed up with TRESemmé for their 15th season as the official haircare sponsor of New York Fashion Week. It is always such a privilege to be able to learn from their team of stylists and though this was not my first time working with them - I continue learning new tricks and tips. One of my favorite looks from Fashion Week was from my first day (this photo) where my hair had a loose wave and a few strands of hair were pulled back simply. One of the reasons I loved this is because it is elegant & put together, but super easy to achieve!

I'll share a step-by-step below..
 If you've followed me for long, you know I SWEAR by the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. It's a must-have if you use any hot tool on your hair!

After you've sectioned off your hair (I have to section my hair of in thirds.. so in the above photo I am just showing my bottom layer!) grab your favorite curling wand! I honestly have never been a huge fan of curling wands. I think they are hard to use bc my hair has a silky/slippery texture with lots of layers. That being said, I have GOOD NEWS! Ha, THIS curling wand is a game changer. I have been using it for a couple of months now and have had an influx of "how did you curl your hair here?" questions!
The trick to getting the perfect wave is A. you have to hold the barrel pointing DOWN and you have to wrap the hair  AWAY from your face!

Here's a photo of how much hair I wrap around the wand at a time and how the wave looks initially.

After you finish using the wand on each section - you have to spray this TRESemmé 24 Hour Finishing Spray. This product is essential - it is not heavy in the least - but very light & buildable! It more or less secures the wave - but allows it to have a natural look!
STEP 4: 
After you've completed the first 3 steps on all of the sections of your hair, grab this TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Infusing Serum and apply ON THE ENDS of your curls/waves! Not only does it eliminate frizz, but it smooths the hair & makes it extra shiny!

So this is what the waves should look like when you are done!

Okay, so you can leave your hair down - but I loved having the pieces full back out of my face! I grabbed a teasing comb & teased the crown of my head and then sprayed that with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray just to lock in the tease! :) 

STEP 6: 
I just grabbed a few small pieces that hang around my face & pinned them back with a bobby pin to give my hair a laid-back, polished look -- and of course sprayed with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray to secure the look!

And voila - the look is done!

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Other Details:
The curling wand is HERE. I am using the 1" barrel.
 My sweater is old but a similar style is HERE.
My clip is the bomb if you have heavy hair - find it HERE.
Jeans are here.
Lipstick is 'whirl'.
Pillows are from Little Design Co.

PS! HUGE SALE ALERT! Tory Burch is running their stewed 30% off sale today! I am so excited bc they sent a gift card for my birthday so I am using it.. linking what items I may buy below..

Thanks to TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, for sponsoring todays post.


  1. My hair is not long enough to create this look but the curls look really lovely on you! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Your hair always looks great! Thank for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Love this look! I love how tousled and effortless it looks!

  4. Super great photos and such a cute tutorial!

  5. I love Tresseme products! Especially that heat tamer spray. I actually use it as a styling spray too sometimes after I wash my hair. It works so well for so many things!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

  6. Could you show how you pinned your hair up in the back? I can never get the volume you have and I wonder if it's how I am pinning.
    xo, Lee

  7. So pretty!! What wand are you using? Would you recommend this over a curling iron? I've never used a wand before and now I am interested! xo

  8. You have amazing hair!! 😍 What size barrel are you using?

  9. Your hair is so pretty! Thanks for your tutorial; I always have trouble curling my hair.

    xx, Diane ||

  10. Thank you for this! Your hair is gorgeous and I LOVE these waves!

    Kim .. Over the knee!

  11. Ok girlfriend...i LOVE this tutorial! So great to see how you do your hair so perfectly! I'm always admiring it in your posts!! xo


  12. This tutorial is perfect, love it! You show every step which is great!

  13. I've had my eye on this curling wand for a while.. it's still on my wishlist :) your hair is so beautiful Emily! Love it.

    xoxo from Miami, FL - Jessy

  14. Oh my gosh! Those are perfect!! Great post!

    Sara Kate Styling

  15. I wish I had such gorgeous thick shiny hair like yours! A lot of my hair fell out once I started med school, and now it's super thin. *sad face
    That barrel is wicked, btw!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Your hair is amazing.

    Diary of Elegance

  17. I have a question. Which mascara do you like better the Dior or better than sex by too faced? I have the two faced one and find it to be clumpy and messy. Therefore I am looking for a new brand, what do you like most about the Dior mascara if that's your favorite?

  18. AMAZING TUTORIAL. Thank you for sharing!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  19. Nice Tutorial , I am definitely going to have to try that out now!


  20. Your hair is stunning! I will be picking up the heat protector. I've heard nothing but good things!


  21. Thanks for the tips! Your hair is perfection :)

  22. Love the tutorial! I am totally gonna try this.


  23. THANK YOU so much for posting this!!! I have the hardest time getting my hair to look good when curling it, so I will definitely have to check out these products.

  24. This tutorial seems to have landed JUST in time for me. I have just done a post on curling wands myself and featured the T3 as it seems to be the best. I know you have a few - would you say this one is a goodie? I hate curling irons and need something easy to use! Gx


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