If you haven't heard of flaves, you've missed out on one of the biggest growing hair trends of this season: flat waves, seen on celebrities and models everywhere. "What are flat waves?" you ask. Flat waves (fl-aves) are waves that don't look fake: the hair near the top of the head is straight, and the ends are curled.
Mid-length hair looks great with flaves, as it brings volume and texture to the area just above the shoulders, making it a great style to wear with a strapless outfit.
Flaves with bangs
The blunt horizontal line of the bangs contrasts beautifully with the flaves, as the limit of the bangs meets with the straight section of the hair at the top. Large wavy sections will also contrast with the small piecey sections of the bangs.
Keep the straight top part to a minimum and play up the wave factor with this voluminous look. Don't worry if the waves aren't perfect, or if there's a slightly frizzy finish, that's all part of the effect!
The opposite of the previous look, these flat flaves show the sleek and glossy possibilities the style offers. When creating the waves, keep the hair in the curling iron for only a few seconds.
Bring out every element of this look by emphasizing the contrast between the straight part and the wavy lower section. You could even use a wet-look gel to smooth down the crown of your head with a comb, making sure that your part is at the center and dead straight.