We’ve seen one-shoulder dresses and tops for a few years now, but how about one-shoulder tresses? The hair trend taking red carpets by storm this awards season is side-swept Old Hollywood waves, a look that was spotted on big names like Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Megan Fox at last night’s Golden Globes. As a big fan of a deep side part (it’s flatters every face shape) and romantic waves, this is a style that I can really get on board with. Side waves are the solution for those of us looking for the polish of an updo, while still being able to show off our flowing locks. Try this ‘do on your next night out to look glam, but not overdone. Below, our tips for how to perfect this style:
1. While your hair is still damp, prep your locks for styling with a volumizer like Living Proof Full Thickening Cream ($26), combing through from just below the roots.
2. Let your hair air dry until it’s just slightly damp. Next, blow dry hair without a brush to keep your hair’s natural texture – which will help the waves hold.
3. To find your best deep side part, line up the starting point at the outside of your brow. If this is too dramatic for your taste, work from the highest part of your arch. Use a comb to keep the part neat. Once finished, lightly spritz with a hairspray to keep in place and to tame fly-aways.
4. To keep hair in place over your shoulder, you have one of two options. If you’re handy with bobby pins and don’t have many short layers, you can pin hair to one side. For those with layers or thicker hair, try this trick: Section your hair in two, dividing it diagonally from the back of your side part to the opposite side of your head. French braid the lower section of your hair, starting behind your ear and moving to the other side of your head. Secure with a clear elastic, which will be hidden underneath the rest of your hair.
5. Now get to styling! If your hair is shoulder length or just below, use a 1-inch curling iron – we love this one. Anything longer needs a 1 1/4-inch barrel. Roll hair in sections around the iron for less than 10 seconds, to give hair a loose wave in lieu of a strong curl. Work your way through, alternating the direction you wrap the hair. If you need the added volume, section the hair, curling the bottom strands first, then top, spritzing with hairspray in between.
6. When done curling, lightly smooth hair from the root to the eye-line with a flat iron, removing any kinks from the curling iron. Use your fingers to loosen tight curls or hairspray buildup.
Now you’re ready to head out on the town!