Often times I am asked how to get hair looks like the Victoria’s secret hair. You know what hair I am talking about, that effortless wavy volume that is just messy enough to be carefree but clean enough to not look like bed head. Well luckly it is probably one of the easiest things to do.
When I was assisting in my first salon, my mentors would often do time trials with me. We were a busy salon, usually booked every half hour from about 8am-9pm… kind of insane. Since we were so busy we had to learn how to make the most of our time so during a slower part of the day I was given little tests. One of the first ones I remember being told to do was “Victoria’s Secret hair”
Literally there was a client in the chair and my mentor Jody just said, “Victorias Secret in no more than 8 sections, I will be back in 10 minutes and go.”
So as I stood there stunned that i was being tested with so little time i stood there and was like how the heck am I going to do this… but the reality is is really easy!
All you need is about 10 duck bill style clips a 1.0-1.5 inch curling iron (depending on hair length) and a hair spray and/or spray wax
The sectioning is the most important with hair with normal density you would start with a center mohawked section on the top of the head, from the hair line to just below the crown make three sections one behind the other horizontally. Make sure when are curling the hair that the curls are on the base, this will give you the volume you are after. After you heat up each curl and release it from the curling iron do not unroll it! This is very important. When you remove it from the curling iron, neatly roll it back up like it is on an invisible roller and then clip it into place.
After you do the top three sections now we can move onto the sides and back. Your side sections should be parted just behind your ear and each side will be one section. When curling the sides the only difference is that you want to make these curls vertical and the curls going away from the face. Again do the same thing as the top, heat up the hair on the curling iron, remove it but do not unroll it and clip it into place.
Now for the back, usually you can get away with doing only three sections, make the sectioning go vertical as well as the curls just like the sides. Heat the hair, and clip into the center of each section.
After you are done pinning the curls take your hair spray and lightly mist the hair and let it cool. This is very important, you have to remember that heat is what tells the hair what to do, but cooling the hair is what sets the memory. So by leaving these curls pinned in the curl shape until they are totally cooled will make these curls last all day.
Once the hair is cooled remove the clips and let the curls fall, I usually do another light misting of hair spray and then have my client flip over their hair. I will then run my hands through the curls to break them up and then hair the client flip their hair back over and there it is, perfect Victoria’s Secret hair. If you are after that piecey-ness that some of the girls have you can take a spray wax and hold up some of the hair and lightly mist with the wax, but you want to be careful a little goes a long way with spray wax so start with a little and add more if needed.
Keep in mind that this is the quickest technique for a loose wavy hair style if you are after a little more curl, have more time, or have thicker hair you may want to add a few extra sections.