We’re used to seeing Taylor Swift in her signature country-chic curls, but the starlet certainly knows how to rock a thick, glossy, straightened out mane. Paired with lined eyes, glowing skin and a pop of bright red color on her lips, this slightly vintage look is perfect for evening shindigs and formal events. Definitely a contender for all those upcoming holiday parties you’ve RSVP’d to.
“I love the retro feel of this look,” says Julianne Bryce, master hairstylist at George the Salon Chicago. “Retro glam looks are so in style right now. Molding the curl pattern toward the face instead of away puts a unique twist on this look.”
Like the look? Peep this easy Taylor Swift hair tutorial:
1. Prepare Your Locks
Prep your hair by applying a leave in conditioner and/or thermal heat protectant to damp, towel-dried hair. Bryce recommends Kerastase Ciment Thermique, which not only protects and repairs hair from the stress of heat styling tools, but also strengthens and fortifies hair fiber from the inside out.
Apply a volumizing sculpting gel from the middle of your hair shaft to the ends. “My favorite is Kerastase Forme Fatale,” says Bryce. Forme Fatale is a hair gel that provides all-over volume and body while giving the hair shape and flexible hold.
3. Blow Dry
Blow dry hair smooth with minimal volume using a large boar bristle brush, which adds shine. BrushLove’s Apollo 3 Round Hair Brush 851 bristle boar brush, made for medium to long hair, is a great choice.
4. Section Hair
After you’ve got a head full of dry and shiny hair, section it off into three sections as follows: Section 1: from the top of the ear to ear; Section two: temple to temple creating a horse shoe shape; Section 3: Your last section will be the remaining hair on top.
5. Curl Time
Curl hair using a 1-1/4 inch curling iron. Start at the neckline and curl in vertical sections (hold the iron vertically). “Each section should be curled toward the face,” notes Bryce. “Spray each section with a light holding workable hairspray before curling. Allow all the curls to cool completely.” If you’re in the market for a new curling iron, try Conair’s Instant Heat Curling Iron with a 1-1/4 inch barrel.
6. Brush it Out and Seal
Once your curls cool off, use a boar bristle brush to thoroughly brush out the curl. “Finally, apply a smoothing gloss or pomade to form the shape of the style,” says Bryce. You can finish it off with a flexible hold hairspray.
Love this Taylor Swift hair tutorial? Then you’ll love recreating her half up half down look, too!