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How To Master Sleek Retro Waves


Sleek, soft, retro-inspired waves will never go out of style-so you should probably learn how to master them now. We got celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin (the go-to girl for Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel, and more) to show us the ropes.

Click head for 5 easy steps to pretty, vintage-looking waves!

Step One: Before

Start with clean, dry hair. You can let your strands air-dry, or rough dry them with a blow-dryer.

Step Two: Curl Sections

Separate one-inch sections of your hair, and wrap them around a one and half-inch curling iron. “Wrap your hair over the barrel and make sure you are wrapping all the way to the ends,” Atkin says.В

Step Three: Loosen With Comb

Gently pull your fingers through your curls to soften the look, then brush through with a fine-toothed comb.В

Step Four: Curl Crown

To create subtle volume at your crown, Atkin says to take a one-inch section at your crown, hold it vertically above your head, and then wrap it around the barrel of your curling iron. Take another one-inch section behind your crown, and repeat.

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Step Five: Back Comb

“Take a quarter-inch section of your crown, lift it vertically, and set it with hairspray,” Atkin says. Then, backcomb this section slightly, starting two to three inches above your roots.

Step Six: Smooth Back

Now that you've got major volume at your crown, it's time to smooth things over. Atkin suggests taking a medium-hold pomade or wax (try the Molding Cream ($28) by Moroccan Oil) and applying it to your crown using your hands. If your roots are still too high, comb through with your fingers.

Done!

And there you have it-gorgeous, romantic waves perfect for any occasion!

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Click here for our last tutorial with Atkin on how to create perfect bedhead.

And don't forget to check out her website, Mane Addicts, for daily hairspiration!

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Photographer: Chris Patey
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup: Lauren Andersen
Stylist: Laurie Trott
Model: Nicole Akhtarzad, Fashion Assistant