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How to create effortless S waves

One of this season's biggest hairstyle trends are the iconic "s waves", but what exactly are they, will they suit us, and how can we recreate the look ourselves without an army of hair stylists? Read on!

What are s waves?

Aside from being a seismological term, s waves are a hairstyle made famous by 1940s old-Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet, with their perfect, glossy and slightly brushed-out cascading curls. These days, however, s waves have a more modern edge to them, and have lost more of the bouncy curl in favor of an urban textured wave. We're also seeing them far more on long bobs (lobs) than long hair lengths. These modern s waves are known as "scandi waves".

Will I suit s waves?

Everybody suits an s wave hairstyle! It simply depends on how you then choose to wear it, whether in a mid-length lob version, or a sideswept long look. Think of your face shape when styling – a deep side part really suits round and heart-shaped faces, for example.

How to get the look at home

If you don't have your own personal stylist (!) don't worry, s waves are easy to recreate at home, but it's important you use the right styling techniques and products. While a professional might use a beveled flat iron to create these vintage waves, there's a simpler way to get the same look...

1. After washing, apply a heat protectant like Volume Architect by Tecni.ART, which also helps give natural-looking body to the hair.

2. Blow dry straight.

3. Take a small section of hair and gently "push" it towards the scalp. It should naturally form a curve.

4. Take your flat iron and lightly apply it in tapping movements over the curve, so the hair sets in place.

5. Hold the wave for a few seconds, then release. Repeat with all sections of hair.

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