Effortless LA waves and undone textures are oh so hot-right-now and without any doubt, are the style everyone wants to wear. So, we got talking to stylist to the stars Claire Rothstein at the BRITs, whose impressive list of celebrity clients includes Rita Ora and Azaelia Banks and who created Ellie Goulding’s look for the show, to get her backstage tips on how to nail tousled tresses.
1. If you’ve been overdoing it with the tongs and your hair is in serious need of some TLC, choose an oil instead of a mask, like VO5’s Give Me Moisture Hot Oil, £4.29. A clever trick is to apply the oil to towel dried hair, then soak a towel in hot water and after ringing out the excess, wrap around your head. The heat opens up the cuticles of your hair and allows the oil to really sink in, leaving it healthy and shiny.
2. Freshly washed hair is not your friend when it comes to wondrous waves. If you want your beachy look to last the night you need to give your hair a base. “It’s all about texture, the cleaner and silkier your hair the less time it will last”, says Claire. “If you use a product that will give your hair some grip, such as the new VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray, £3.99, and then style from there you’ll get much more longevity.”
3. Another long lasting tip is using hairspray before styling tools. Don’t go mad and cover your entire hair in a sticky shield of spray, but a light mist onto each section of hair before creating your curls will give it some grip and really help your hair stay put.
4. Always curl away from the face; this will create the perfect face framing shape to your wave.
5. Once you’ve crafted your wonder waves, tease them apart with your fingers and gently brush through your hair, for a softer, more natural finish. Last, but not least, finish with some hairspray and voilla – that’s your weekend waves sorted!