How to Create Hollywood Curls

The epitome of old-school sexy glamour, Hollywood curls are easier to do for yourself than you may realize. Read our step-by-step guide to creating stunning Hollywood curls.

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What Are Hollywood Curls?

When we talk about Hollywood curls, we are talking about those lustrous wide waves which are normally complemented by a swept side parting. They are frequently still seen on the red carpet today, as they have been for the best part of the last 70 years by the most enduring actresses of all time. Current fans of Hollywood curls include Reece Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried.

How Do I Achieve Them at Home?

You can achieve this timeless elegant style at home with a ceramic hair curling tong, some hairspray and a good hair brush.

Step 1: Brush your hair with hairspray. This keeps the curls in place for far longer than simply spraying afterwards. Simply brush your hair, tip your head up, give it a good spray and then brush it through again.

Step 2: Take a section of your hair that is about the width of two fingers. Use the tongs, on a medium-large barrel if you have the choice, and curl towards your face. Hold for a couple of seconds while opening and closing the tongs to avoid a crease.

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Step 3: Pull out the tongs and ‘catch’ the curl, and then whilst it’s still fully curled, attach to your head with a pin.

Step 4: Continue with all your hair, and leave all curls to fully cool.

Step 5: Now, going against all of your natural hair instincts, brush the curls through. Contrary to what you might think, if you spray the hairbrush first and brush gently from root to tip, it will actually create that thick lustrous wave you’ve been after.

Step 6: Add some hair oil or serum to get the glossy finish this look requires.

If you have tricky hair, or simply can’t get it to work or want to make sure it’s perfect for a formal event such as a wedding or a ball, then pop down to a friendly Gloucester hairdresser like

Hollywood curls are timeless glamour at its best, flattering every face shape and body type out there. Match them with striking eyeliner, red lipstick and an elegant cocktail-style dress for a dramatic effect.

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