Every year, there’s two things that get me with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. One – those perfect bodies (I actually tried to commit to all the booty/ab exercises they do this year, but instead I ended up addicted to The Crown on Netflix). And two – can someone just give me those damn perfect hair waves? PLEASE?
I have a lot of hair and it’s long, so I figure of the two life goals, the Victoria’s Secret hair waves are the most achievable. I’m actually pretty decent at waving my own hair with a hair straightener, but it’s pretty unpredictable as to how good I can get them. I did pretty well on the weekend (that’s me in the middle):
I like when the waves are loose and natural-looking, and I felt like that’s how they did them this year at Vic Secret.
Like, bit less glamour-queen, bit more chilling-at-the-beach, you know? Anyway. If you didn’t get bombarded with backstage Victoria’s Secret pics yesterday, you would have missed the constant references to this hair curler, which was as present at the show as those iconic pink robes.
The curler was created by celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa, and its unique selling point is that it rotates, looping your hair around the barrel for you.
Obviously, if it was hailed as the reason all the Victoria’s Secret models had perfect, low key waves, I had to try it. It’s available in Australia now via Sydney Salon Supplies, so I hit them up for one to trial.
I’ve struggled with hair curlers in the past. I have a LOT of hair and minimal patience, so the process of separating small amounts and wrapping them around a wand, then WAITING (waiting is the devil) for them to set is torture to me. I much prefer taking larger chunks and running them through my straightener. But the whole rotating curler thing did intrigue me.
I started with the bottom section of my hair. You basically clip the base of your hair piece into the curler, and then hit “go” on the handle. The Beachwaver PRO rotates and wraps your hair around the barrel, and when you release “go” is when it stops. There are three ways to do your hair with the curler – waves, curls and vintage, tight curls. It’s all in how you hold the tool, and for waves, you hold it vertically. This is probably the biggest plus of the tool besides the rotating business. It can be really hard to get the exact look you want using ANY heat tool, let alone a curler. Having a foolproof method for achieving your ideal style is great – and the vertical holding thing definitely gave a wave over a tight curl, as you’ll see at the end of this.
Here’s the bottom section of my hair after using the Beachwaver PRO. Note that I haven’t actually brushed these out yet hence why they’re tight and weird looking.
I kept going, doing sections the same as I would with a straightener. I burnt myself once, but I’d probably attribute that to the fact that I rush through everything and take on heat tools with the kind of devil-may-care attitude you really shouldn’t have around 210C items. Speaking of heat – the Beachwaver PRO has a heat adjustment, which is great because you shouldn’t go at your hair with 210C unless it’s very thick and coarse. It also tells you which heat will suit your hair type in the instructions.
Another benefit, and an important one if you want a natural finish – the Beachwaver PRO can rotate right OR left. You just hit the specific buttons to change its direction. I tried to remember to alternate so every second curl was the opposite direction – this is key to getting waves that don’t look too “done”.
When I finished, the instructions were to separate the waves with my fingers. I didn’t think this worked for my style so I did what I normally do and brushed out the waves. Here’s the final result.
Obviously they’re not heavily styled – I didn’t want that kind of finish and I think I could have gotten it if I did the curling “hold” from the instructions. I wanted loose waves and I got them!
Would I use it again? Look I’m pretty set in my ways and because I can do straightener-curls, I like to stick with that. Using a hair curler – even a fancy, rotating one that heats up really well like this one – does take longer than straightener curls if you’re a pro at straightener curls. But I would highly recommend this guy to anyone who struggles to curl their hair. The rotating function is easy to use and takes the guesswork out of things. It’s powerful and it only takes a few seconds to get each curl. And it does what it says on the box, which is give you the style as per how you held the wand. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 – meet your new angel. Me.
By Melissa Mason for primped.com.au
1. The 2017 Pirelli calendar features celebs like you’ve never seen them before.
In a step away from its usual emphasis on sultry glamour, this year’s publication makes an important statement about the unreasonable expectations put on Hollywood’s leading ladies. Shot by the legendary Peter Lindbergh, 14 actresses of all ages—including Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Helen Mirren, and Alicia Vikander—appear unretouched and sans makeup. In a word: stunning.
2. This is what it’s really like to tattoo your brows.
Microblading—a semi-permanent, natural-looking brow tattooing technique—is rapidly becoming the beauty procedure du jour, since it allows those with sparse arches to get lasting enhancement sans makeup. Want to see what the results really look like? Head over to LaurenConrad.com to see one editor’s before and after.
3. The curling tong used backstage at Victoria’s Secret is now available in Australia.
It’s time to celebrate because Sarah Potempa’s Beachwaver is FINALLY available on our shores, thanks to both Sydney Salon Supplies and TVSN. The rotating curling iron is the only hot tong used backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to create those signature curls, and is the secret behind many an A-lister’s glossy waves.
4. Vaseline + eye shadow = DIY lipstick.
H/t to Allure for calling out this budget-friendly hack for customized lip colour.
5. For those of us with watery eyes…
Finding the right mascara can be an actual nightmare since many formulas can set off itching and sensitivity (not to mention MTV-worthy black tears). But since sacrificing lush lashes is a non-negotiable, Health.com has eight clever tips for tracking down an irritation-free product.
By Victoria Hoff for byrdie.com.au
This is how you can get Victoria’s Secret Angel hair at home.
Victoria’s Secret models are known for their luscious, shiny locks and now you can re-create the look.
We spoke to Australian stylist Anthony Nader from RAW hair in Sydney for his tips on nailing Victoria’s Secret volume and bounce at home.
1. Build volume
The first step to achieve the Angels’ sexy undone hair is to apply a foam (or mousse product) instead of a sea salt. “A sea salt spray which will make your strands look dull and fluffy,” Nader says. “A foam will keep your strands more polished and smooth”.
2. Always use a bristle brush
When your blowing out your hair use oversized radial boar bristle brushes. “These brushes ensure a smoother finish, give more body and will make even the frizziest of hair controllable because of the bristles,” he notes.
3. Add shine
“When clients want this famous hair style I always spray a light weight shine spray on the mid lengths and ends only and skip the roots,” Nader tells us. “By adding in the spray on damp hair, it absorbs into each hair strands far better than on dry hair.”
4. Invest in two hair curling irons
To achieve the Angels’ signature bounce you’ll need two different large sized barrel tongs. “After drying your hair, take haphazard chunky two to three inch vertical sections and wind each away from your face,” he says. Apply the large tong to every second section. “When your done shake the curls out to become large rippled waves,” he says.
This is the key step for added volume and height! “Back comb the top area around the part-line and crown and give them a light spray,” Nader notes.
5. Add more hair
For even more bounce, try adding volume with hair extensions. “Visit a wig store and match your own colour,” Nader suggests. You can personalise hair pieces with baby clips so you can easily add them any time you want, giving the illusion of thicker hair. “Trust me this is what all the Victoria’s Secret Angels have on the runway!”
6. Refresh your colour
“Ask your hairdresser to lighten up a few block pieces around the face,” Nader suggests. A different variety of colour tones and highlights can create the impact of thickness and added texture.
By Sarah Carty for Lifestyle, Yahoo7
The first week of spring marks our last week with Anthony Nader, purchase and boy, pharmacy did he make sure to bounce out with a bang! Shot in New York for German magazine Madame, no rx Anthony orchestrated a look with the sole purpose of creating contrast and movement around the highly graphic, structural styles that were worn on the day: “I wanted her hair to personify freedom, vitality, and high energy, so I made sure that the curls looked full and, in a way, kind of radical.”
The whole idea of countering an outfit with makeup and hair to achieve a kind of irreverent elegance is by no means a strictly editorial concept. Pair this ‘do with a boxy shift dress and white sneakers, and whip your hair back and forth into the weekend!
Get the look below:
1. Wash strands with Oribe Moisture & Control Shampoo and Conditioner to give more hydration and smoothness, then blot dry.
2. For enhancing and ensuring supple looking strands, use a golf ball size of Curl Shaping Mousse and Royal Blow-Out Spray and work through from roots to ends, then comb through with a wide tooth comb.
3. Section the top half away and clip, then smooth over the underneath section with a large paddle brush, as this makes drying a whole lot quicker. Then unclip the top section, place in your part, and smooth over here now as you did the underneath layer.
4. Now get your hot sticks, approximately 12. Take your time here and section out 12 even sections and clip them as you go so you don’t get lost with all your hair.
5. Wrap your sections now, ensuring you tuck the ends under and wrap the rod all the way to the roots, as this will give that extra body we’re looking for.
6. Once cooled right down, you can unravel the rods, tilt your head over, and give your new curls some energy and bounce by shaking the curls out. Pop your head back upright and then place into shape and you’re good to roll for the day.
Book your appointment with Anthony Nader at RAW. For more information on Oribe stockists in Australia, call 1300 725 122.
by Rose Howard for pagesdigital.com
Anthony gives us the VA VA Voom “Curls Gone Wild” we’ve longed for as seen in WHO magazine.