Taylor Swift is the kind of chick who you can’t help but love. She waxes poetic about past heartbreak, knows how to keep it real, and has the kind of makeup and hairstyle know-how that you feel compelled to emulate. We’ve seen her done up in retro glamour and dressed down in carefree chic fashion. Today, though, we’re talking about a Taylor Swift hairstyle that’s somewhere between the two; a lovely look she donned at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards.
“I like how her bangs are blown out straight, but the whole rest of her head has a different hair flow. It gives her a versatile look and works well with her cut and style,” says celebrity hairstylist Josue Perez, who you can find styling away in the Meatpacking District at Serge Normant at John Frieda.
With Perez’s help, we got the 411 on Swift’s voluminous, windswept waves so that you, too, can make others green with envy with your perfect head of hair.
Recreate One of Our Favorite Taylor Swift Hairstyles in 5 Simple Steps:
1. Blow your hair out so that it’s smooth, but not so smooth that you lose all your texture. Try the Kiss Tornado 360 Heat Protection Air Booster Hair Dryer.
2. To get that Taylor Swift volume, use a texturizing spray and work it into your hair from root to tip. Try Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. The texturizing spray is particularly important if you have very fine hair. It will provide the illusion of more hair and help your curl hold longer.
3. Next, create waves in your hair by taking 2 inch sections and wrapping each around a 1-1/4 inch curling wand. Wrap hair around the whole barrel, leaving an inch at the bottom. If you have bangs, don’t curl them. Instead, use a blow dryer to blow them straight.
4. Once your hair is wrapped around the barrel, release and gather all hair together, holding it at the bottom. Then, shake it out while it’s still hot. “This will create a more natural look and keep the texture,” says Perez.
Curling Tip: For more volume, make sure you get your iron as close to the scalp as you can (without burning yourself). That extra curl at the top will create great, thicker-looking hair.
5. Finally, hit your hair with a little flexible hold hairspray and you’re good to go! It’s important to use a flexible hairspray so your curls still have movement. Try Jonathan Product Finish Control Hairspray, which will lock your hair into place while still allowing it to move and breathe.
Once you’ve mastered these Taylor-inspired waves, you’ll definitely want to steal the show with her 1920s-inspired faux bob.