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Today’s Great Hair Week Award goes to…
Fri, 17 June 2011 8:27AM
Drum Roll please… Blake Lively!
Once again, Primpettes, Blake Lively has popped a host of other celebs to the post to take out this Friday’s Great Hair Week Award. Soft, tousle-y and a tad crunchy, Blake’s waves are more beachy-luxe, than rock n’ roll and more versatile than an LBD. If I was the kind of gal who holidayed in the Hampton’s, this is how I’d imagine I’d wear my hair.
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Unlike straight-up waves, this look demands a serious amount of texture so start by working a volumising or curling mousse through damp hair and blow-dry using your hands. Ditching the brush for you hands helps to maintain the natural movement in your hair, without causing your ends to look too straight. If you’ve got a diffuser that you can pop on the end of your blow-dryer nozzle, even better! The trick to creating the same near-wet looking ends is to scrunch a small amount of mousse through the ends once your hair has completely dried, then activate it with hot air from the hair dryer for a few minutes. Try: Wella High Hair Styling Mousse, $21 and BaByliss Dryer Diffuser, $16.50.
The new wave
The beauty of this style is that you needn’t be a world-class wand wizard to make it happen. Unlike perfectly controlled curls, the more variation you add to the curls, the better, so try alternating the direction that you tong each section and aim to stop curling each section three centimetres from the base of your hair to let the soft, scrunched ends finish off the wave instead.
Lock it in
So, it’s meant to look all relaxed and beachy, but the best way to get the most out of the waves is to use a combination of hairspray and a gloss serum. Start by spraying a light mist of hairspray through the roots and mid-sections, then finish by scrunching a pea-size amount of a shine serum like, Joico Silk Results Sheer Gloss Shine Serum, $25.95, through the ends. Scrunching is the trick to creating those my-hair-is-still-salty-and-damp-from-my-afternoon-dip-in-the-ocean-looking ends, without, leaving them looking too glossy or polished. Finish by using your fingers to section your hair into a side part and you’re good to go!
Day 2: Why don’t you…
Add a few plaits and a sparkly number like this…
Day 3: Why don’t you…
Sweep the front sections back into a fuss-free half-up, half-down ‘do. Too easy!
Are you loving Blake’s laid-back, low-maintenance waves?
Have you ever used a diffuser?
Do you scrunch your mousse or comb it through with your fingers?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe