Hollywood waves are directly inspired by the golden age of famous Californian movie studios. To recreate the glamour on the red carpet, these days celebrities are inspired by icons from the past such as Rita Hayworth, Marlène Dietrich and Lauren Bacall.
Neither wavy nor curly, Hollywood waves are in a league of their own
The particularity of Hollywood waves, popularized during the fifties, is their ability to refuse classification. Halfway between curls and waves, they have their own, unique undulation, far from crimping, which was fashionable during the nineties. The most famous Hollywood muses have worn Hollywood waves, as seen in numerous photos and illustrations from the era, from which more and more celebrities today find their own inspiration for the red carpet. For more inspiration, see how French actress and singer Josephine de la Baume has worked the look.
Retro hairstyle, retro face
Delphine Courteille, hairstylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, has a surprising theory when it comes to Hollywood waves on long hair: "Face shapes which look best with this vintage style are typically-feminine shapes from the 20s and 30s: triangular and rounded faces, with large eyes and medium to fine hair." As far as color is concerned, everything goes from the moment we flick our hair over into a side part.
A very specific technique
To achieve the perfect Hollywood waves, a professional is needed. Creating beautiful curls is one thing, but assembling them into large, balanced round waves is another. Only the perfect mastering of hair curlers can achieve this ultra-feminine effect. The final touch: a classic carmine red lip to perfect your femme fatale look.