Whether you are lacking the proper tools or are pressed for time, there's no reason you can't still get the style you desire. Below, Sam Villa Professional is showing us how to get natural-looking curls and waves with any type of hot tool – blow dryer, marcel iron, wand or flat iron.
For a loose and soft wave, start by taking random sections and working the Marcel iron through the hair. To prep, spritz with Redken Iron Shape 11, comb through and “season” the hair with a little bit of heat. By giving the section you’re working on a smooth pass. With the barrel on top and the blade underneath, wrap and twist as you let the hair slide out. Leaving the ends out will give this a more organic feel.
If you’re pressed for time, whether in the salon or at home, using a round brush and a blow dryer is a great way to dry the hair and add curl! Prep with the product of your choice – a heat protectant is preferred. After taking most of the moisture out of the hair, begin to wrap your hair with a round brush. With the hair wrapped on the brush, hit the hair with heat and then unravel and let the hair sit as it cools.
Working from the bottom of the head to the top. Place the wand underneath your section to give the base of each section volume. Wrap the section one and a half times around the iron and slide the wand up and down at a diagonal angle, then pull the iron out and let the section fall. Be sure to curl away from the face and leave the ends out for a natural finish. Instead of brushing the waves out, use your fingers then apply Redken NBD Just Right for an organic feel.
For a flat wave: Prep hair with Redken Iron Shape 11, then we will use Sam’s tapping technique to create a wave. Create undulation in the hair, by making the shape you want by pushing the hair in the shape you want it to go. Then tap the Sleekr Flat Iron over the hair to seal in the C curve and then place a clip. By using the clips, it allows your wave to cool down and hold the shape.
Alternatively, you can use the iron to create a soft bend/curl. By placing the iron in the section vertically and then giving it a half a turn and then pulling the hair through the iron in a ribbon effect, you’ll get a soft wave.