At Prada, Guido Palau (noticing a trend?) did a younger version of this look. Evocative of another moment in history, that famous D-Day Times Square kiss, updating it with loose, messy, bed head curls in back matched with a powerful matte red lip by makeup icon Pat McGrath.
We asked our own expert, Nikki Providence how to get these looks at home. Here’s what she had to share:
Sculpted and formed waves are easy to achieve, if you work with your natural growth patterns and use the right products.
- Make sure your hair is clean and well moisturized. Start with wet hair and pick a part. Make a strong choice: dead center or deep side part.
- Apply a product with a fair amount of hold at the roots (like FYM Conditioning Pomade), wherever you want your waves to be strong. Use a small amount on your ends, or a curl cream to enhance your natural texture.
- Comb all your hair away from the part, on a diagonal, to start to form a wave. Place a long clip (or two of them, end to end, in a row) where you want the trough of the wave to be, about 2 inches from the part. Experiment with different sized waves, and pay attention to your hair’s natural tendencies, working with your natural wave, not against it. If your curls are tighter, you might want your waves to be closer together.
- Use the first two fingers on the other hand to hold the hair against the head parallel to the part, along the line where you put the clips, to keep it from moving while you comb all the hair into a u-shaped wave. Use another row of clips to secure the crest of the wave.
Maybe you just want one wave, maybe carry on the pattern a little farther down your head- experiment!
Make sure your hair is 100% dry before you take out the clips - if it’s still damp, it will all just collapse and all your hard work will be for naught. Use a diffuser if you don’t want to wait all day.
Have fun with the ends to really make the style your own -- comb them straight and stringy and let them air dry, pin-curl them or scrunch the ends towards the head to encourage the curl. If you want more the volume at the ends, lightly backcomb from underneath but keep the hair close to the parting flat.
Nikki’s worked on photo shoots all over the world, runway shows in Paris and New York, and backstage at everything from music videos to the Oscars. Of late she’s responsible for Tori Kelly’s big curls that are inspiring a new wave of women to come out of their naturally curly closets. Check out her awesome instagram here