Now I know there are many of you that would like to know how to put the perfect 'wave' in your hair. You know... that wave you see on Celeb's heads, Red Carpets, or in magazine photo shoots - - when they are perfectly coifed and made up to the "nines". This yummy wave as seen here in the photo, is a matter of being handy with a curling Iron, Hair spray and a comb. Yet, they make it look as though it kind of just fell into their hair.
Which is not really fair because to get that exact look, is just not 'that' easy, to do to oneself. I'm even in need of assistance by using some help from one of my old Text books to show you the way I have used on clients. I simply could not figure out how I was going to shoot the photos + do the wave at the same time, so I'm cheating this time by using the photos from Milady's Cosmetology Book. I rarely will talk about something that cannot be done to oneself, as with most of you readers I feel you are at home doing your own hair ... right ? With this styling trick, you most likely will need a partner - friend or cohort of some sort in order to get the back panel completed correctly, unless you are some sort of contortionist.
Before beginning the waves , comb the hair in the general shape you want . . . I hope you can tell, by simply combing and letting the hair fall where it 'wants' to be - - so the natural growth will determine whether or not the first wave will be a left-going wave or a right-going wave. For our little demo we are going with a left-going wave .
What you need:
- hard rubber toothed comb
- electric curling Iron ( or marcel )
1. Comb the hair thoroughly, follow its directional growth.
2. With the tail of the comb, pick up a strand of hair about 2 inches wide. Insert the iron in the hair with the clip facing upward(Figure 147).
Direct the hair to the right with comb Figure 148
3. Close the iron and give it a one-quarter turn FORWARD...At the same time, draw the hair with the iron about 1/4 inch to the LEFT and direct the hair 1/4 Inch to the right with the comb. (Figure 148). This is the tricky part, I feel, you are actually using opposing factors to make the wave - - with the iron going one direction and the comb the other. I would suggest practicing on another person, doll-head, or your long haired dog ! ! ! ( j/k ) - if and when possible.
Roll Iron one full turn forward Figure 149
4. Roll the Iron one full turn forward and away from you, Figure 149. In doing this keep the hair uniform with the comb. You will find the hair has rolled on a slight slant on the clip of the Iron. Hold this for a few seconds to allow hair to become heated through and through.
Reverse Movement Figure 150
5. Reverse the movement by simply unrolling the hair from the irons and bringing it back into its first resting position Figure 150. When this movement is completed, you will find the comb resting kind of away from the iron.
Start to form the curl . . Figure 151
6. Open the irons with your little finger and place them just below the ridge, or crest, by swinging the rod of the irons toward you and then closing them (figure 151). The outer edge of the groove should be directly underneath the ridge just produced by the inner ridge. See I told you it might be better to practice on a friend! I've done it on myself before, but easy - it isn't. Form the hair into a half circle Figure 152
7. Keeping the iron perfectly still, direct the hair with the comb upward about 1 inch, forming the hair into a half circle (Figure 152). Remember that in order to perform step 7 properly, you do not move the comb from the position explained in Step 6. Roll Iron one-half turn forward Figure 153
8. Without opening the iron, roll them one half turn forward and away from you Figure 153. In this movement, keep the comb perfectly still and unchanged.
Slide Iron down Figure 154
9. Slide the irons down about 1 inch ( figure 154) . this movement is accomplished by opening the irons slightly, gripping them loosely, and then sliding them down the strand.
10. After completing step 9, you will find the iron and the comb in the proper position to make the second ridge. This is the beginning of a right going wave, in which the hair is directed opposite to that of a left-going wave.
Slide Iron Down Figure 155
After completely waving one strand of hair, wave the next strand to match. Pick up the strand in the comb and include a small section of the waved strand to guide you as you form a new wave ( Figure 155). When waving the second strand of hair, be sure to use comb and irons movement that are the same as those you used when waving the first strand of hair . . . this way the waves will match .
When you are going to Cosmetology school and are working towards passing the Board exams, one of the requirements in the tests are completion of the "Finger Wave" which looks exactly like this, only its a little tighter. Learning the finger wave was about the toughest part of the whole test, if you ask me!!! At the time I thought, " why is this stupid technique on the test - -who in the world does this???" . . . see how much I know . . . who knew this style would come back in again! That training - years ago - made it easier for me to accomplish the waves................ for you??
As I've said before. . . . practice - practice - practice . . .Good Luck, once you get that first wave in it will click.