Rather than step out with slick, silky straight locks or a head full of angelic curls, Hollywood’s leading ladies have recently taken to rocking the ‘S-wave’, a loose, beachy wave that perfectly strikes the tone between old school glamour and bedhead chic.
The style is a great way to liven up a long bob by adding bulk and depth, as seen on Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence, but looks equally as good on longer lengths, as demonstrated by Selena Gomez.
To recreate the look at home, Victoria’s Secret hairstylist Sarah Potempa suggests starting wth freshly washed and rough dried hair, with a spot of volumizing mousse to really lift the strands. Then separate the hair into two sections — Potempa recommends parting down the center while beauty vlogger Kaushal Beauty divides the hair from ear to ear, clipping the top section up and working on the underneath section first.
The S wave can be achieved with straighteners or with a curling iron. Potempa advises using the official hair tool of the Victoria’s Secret show, the Beachwaver S1, which she designed. She clamps the curler a few centimeters from the ends of each smaller section of the hair before rolling it up towards the scalp and holding for around three seconds, working in small sections to cover the head.
Beauty vlogger LustreLux takes a more laid-back approach, using a ConAir 1 1/4″ curling iron to create the wave, taking small sections of hair and wrapping them only once around the curler. After holding for a few seconds, she suggests pulling the strand down straight to create a low-key kink in the hair, before fluffing up the roots with a texturizing product such as Ouai Texturizing spray.
Kaushal Beauty is a fan of the straightener method, taking small sections of hair and clamping the irons alternatively 180 degrees in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction along the length for a chunky wave. She advises fixing the sections regularly with hairspray to keep the wave in place, adding a dash of oil such as Kerastase’s Elixir Ultimate to the lengths at the end of the process for extra gloss.