We can’t help but be wistful looking at fabulous magazine cover hairstyles. We could never achieve that look on our own! Or…could we? We asked some of our favorite hair experts and found a few that are much easier to recreate than you might think!
#1 Jessica Simpson’s Simple Waves on the Cover of US Weekly
- Wash your hair, put in your favorite holding product and dry it fully upside down. Spray your hair lightly with your light hold favorite spray.
- Using large Velcro rollers, take large sections and set the hair away from the face. You should use about eight rollers for a full head, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
- Heat a 1″ to 1.5″ ceramic curling iron, depending on the length of your hair. The longer your hair means the larger the barrel. The setting should be from medium to high depending on the condition of your hair. Consider a lower setting if you have more damaged strands. For example, if your hair has never been colored, just single process or deposit-only color, use a high setting because a lower setting will not hold a curl. If your hair has been bleached, permed or had double process color, you should drop to a lower setting or you will damage your hair.
- Starting at the nape of your head, drop one roller at a time, sectioning the hair into vertical parts. Wrap the hair around your curling iron from the tip to the handle. This motion will ensure a large spiral wave.
- Keep curling in any direction until you get to the top of your ear. The sides by your ears should be curled towards your face. Curl the rest of your hair away from your face using the same method.
- When you are done curling, wait for the hair to cool off. Do not use a brush! Using your fingers, flip your head upside down and then flip it back. Do not attempt to make the curls looser as you will lose the work you have just done.
- Spray hair with your favorite light or medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!
#2 Adele’s Retro-Inspired Ponytail on the Cover of ELLE
- Prep hair with a volumizer like Redken Full Volume Amplifier Thickening Lift Spray. Focus on spraying the product into your roots.
- Side part your hair (go deep!), then blow dry hair straight.
- From your side part, go back one inch to begin teasing.
- Keep the teasing brush or comb parallel with your side part. Backcomb the hair beginning at the crown of the head and work back alongside the part in one inch sections. TIP: I’ve found that Cricket’s Amped Up Teasing Brush causes the least damage to hair.
- Gather hair in a low ponytail and secure it at the nape of your neck with the ponytail holder of your choice. Of course, I’m partial to Pulleez Ponytail Holders!
- Smooth pieces from the front of the side part over the teased area and set the style with a strong spray like Rusk W8less Strong Hold Shaping & Control Hairspray.
#3 Kate Upton’s Vintage Waves on the Cover of Vanity Fair
- Start with freshly washed hair and apply a lightweight volumizing mousse or spray.
- Blow dry hair completely using a round brush for the most polished look.
- Use a tail comb to create a deep side part.
- Set hair with large rollers on each side of the parting, rolling the hair under. Right underneath the large rollers, place a medium roller. Roll all remaining hair in the sides and back under and towards the face, alternating sizes. You will probably use 6-8 rollers. Try Caruso or T3 hot rollers for great sets that include both large and medium sized rollers.
- After setting, mist with hairspray and let your hair cool about 15 minutes.
- Use an oval cushion brush (like a Mason Pearson brush) to smooth your retro curls in place and tuck the ends under.
#4 Jennifer Lawrence’s Tousled Tresses on the Cover of Vogue
- Apply Keune So Pure Color Care Leave-In Spray to towel dried hair for thermal protection and radiant shine.
- To build in touchable texture and movement, apply Keune So Pure Air Foam Strong to the roots and mid-lengths. Blow dry hair with a 3/4-inch round brush in one to two inch sections.
- On thoroughly dried hair, apply Keune Texture Spray onto 2-inch vertical sections from mid-lengths to ends. Using a 1-inch barrel curling iron, create six to eight large barrel curls throughout.
- After has cooled and set, apply two to four drops of Keune So Pure Defrizz Shine Serum to the palms of your hands and softly finger the product through hair.
- Spray your finished style with a few light mists of Keune So Pure Texture Spray.
#5 Naomi Watts’ Rockin Coiffure on the Cover of InStyle UK
- Begin by applying a curl supporting foam such as Texture Expert’s Curl Corset.
- First dry the top of your hair with a round brush to build volume and direction towards the back.
- Now scrunch dry the rest of the hair without a diffuser. You are looking to build texture, not curl.
- Once dry, add a texture power like L’Oreal Professionnel’s True Grip at the scalp. Section the top out of the way. Gather your hair with your fingers (no brush) and twist it into a messy French twist. Secure your twist with pins. It’s ok to see some of those pins, but try to match them closely to your hair color.
- Now place a little back combing into the base of the hair on top. Add more True Grip to achieve height if needed. Push hair back and blend it with your fingers into the sides and back. Finish with a medium hold working spray like L’Oreal Professionnel’s Infinium 3.
#6 Blake Lively’s Shiny Waves on the Cover of ELLE China
- Start with Keune Root Volumizer on damp hair and blow the hair out using a large round brush until completely dry.
- Part the hair on the side that best suits you.
- Spray tresses with your heat protector of choice, then set the hair with large hot rollers. Start with your rollers at the part, working down toward the ears. Aim the rest of the rollers towards the back of the head. The set doesn’t have to be perfect, because the finished style will be perfected with a clipless curling iron.
- After your hot rollers cool in your hair, take the rollers out. Use your fingers to rake through and agitate the hair, breaking up the regimented curls.
- Then start using your 1” clipless curling iron or regular curling iron (with a regular curling iron just open the clip). Start taking small sections and wrap each one around the iron. Rotate your wrapping action clockwise and counter-clockwise. This will create these beautiful waves that Blake Rocks so well. TIP: Aim the tube of the iron down to wrap hair around it.