Posts Tagged ‘flat iron waves’




Attention Pretty Little peeps! Our favorite brunette babe was on Conan last night, looking stunning, per usual. As you may know (if you follow her INSTA) we cut her hair off a couple months ago. First it was a lob and then she wanted to go even shorter to a bob so we went above the shoulders! Styling short hair can be tough, and there are little tricks that I use that may be helpful for you. Here’s how we got Lucy’s look last night…

  • I sprayed THICKENING SPRAY all over Lucy’s damp hair, not because she needs thicker hair but this stuff is great as a styling spray. It disappears completely in the hair once it’s dry but gives you such amazing support with heat styling. I know it will never feel product-y, which is great because I have additional things I like to put in the hair for texture later.
  • Next I rough dried Lucy’s naturally wavy, thick hair using a BLOW DRYER WITH NOZZLE. Make sure to keep the nozzle on if you want any shine to your waves. If you want less shine or the hair to be a little more “rough looking” dry it with no nozzle.
  • Use a good ceramic BEVELED FLAT IRON to create SUBTLE WAVES. <—- That’s the tutorial for flat iron waves so check that out if you don’t know how, but one extra special tip that I like for haircut lengths above the shoulders is to hold the flat iron at a diagonal angle as I do the waves. This makes it look a lot more natural and not so much “like a waterslide”. haha! The hair just lays a little closer to the head if you hold the iron at an angle, in my opinion.
  • I know this sounds crazy but one of my favorite things to do is spray a light mist of water on the ends after I flat iron. I just use THIS SPRAY which is pure water. Sometimes, I’ll end do a super light mist over everything. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the fine spray that comes out. Anything heavier might bring too much natural wave or curl back to the ends, which I don’t want. It just takes away that “freshly ironed” look and makes it look more like second day hair. I love it!
  • Next I did a little product cocktail! I took a dab of this POMADE and a half pump of this SERUM and emulsified it together in the palm of my hands.
  • Run that through from middle to ends. Use whatever tiny bit is left on your hands after that to smooth any unwanted fly aways. Then a light mist of hairspray if you think you need it.
  • Last but not least: baby hairsssss. Most people tend to have these annoying little buggers. The issue is, they’re too short to grasp with a flat iron, they’re to tiny to get with a round brush and blowdryer, so what? I use this fancy tool called a ROOT CONTROL. Think of it like a comb with an iron behind it. You just comb over the little hairs and the heat gets them to stay right where you want them. It’s easy to use and the comb guards your skin so you don’t burn yourself. I wouldn’t recommend this for thin or brittle hair, more for unruly, uncontrolable baby hairs.

If you want more deets about her makeup you’re going to have to ask her very talented makeup artist—> KELSEY! If only we could all look as gorgeous as Lucy Hale, AMIRIGHT?! If you try these tips or have any your want to share, let us know in the comments below!


If you lust after the locks of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon or Mila Kunis, chances are you’re big fan of shiny, straight hair with a little bend on the ends as we often see on them. Whether you have curly, wavy or straight hair this is a great way to get smoothness without making your hair stick straight. (You may recognize this from our Vidal Sassoon post last month. It didn’t win in the poll, but this is too good not to show!) Okay, here we go…

  1. Brush out any tangles.
  2. Apply a leave-in conditioner to help close the cuticle.
  3. Brush it through to make sure it’s applied consistently.
  4. Now you’re going to “wrap brush”. Wrap brushing is just what it sounds like– you’re using the curve of the head to help smooth out the hair. Wrap everything to the left…
  5. Then wrap everything to the right. Wrap brushing back and forth also helps with funky cowlicks. If your hair is curly and more resistant, this is the point where you would use a round brush to smooth out those curls.
  6. It’s very important that you don’t forget to flip upside down when blowdrying before flat ironing. Why? Because you don’t want the hair pasted down to your head! Always looks better to have the smallest amount of lift at the root.
  7. Section and clip off your sections as you go. Sectioning is a must when flat ironing. If you don’t section, you can miss spots and end up with inconsistent texture. (Nobody wants to be that girl with the curl pattern creeping through the back!)
  8. Go through and mist the hair with a heat-protecting spray.
  9. Personally, I like to mist the whole head, brush it through with a soft bristled brush, then go back and flat iron. That gives the heat protecting liquid time to soak in + dry. If you’re the type who likes to spray each section right before you flat iron, please be sure to let the spray dry before running the iron through.
  10. Run the flat iron through behind a soft bristled brush.
  11. Here’s the trick. Right after the hair comes out of the flat iron, you’ll want to drape it over the brush as you see in photo 11. Let it cool for about 10 seconds and set it down. Once the hair cools with a little bend move to the next section.

We see people who often try to get bend by beveling the flat iron and that’s fine, but this way will give the hair a lot more movement. Try it and let us know how it works for you in the comments below! xo


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We definitely appreciate smooth, shiny locks around here but there’s something to be said for having fun with texture, too. Lately I’ve set down the curling iron on a lot of my photoshoots and just used the flat iron to make waves. Here’s how I do it. (more…)