If there’s one hairstyle that will be in from now until the end of time, it’s soft waves. So, after recently spotting Anne Hathaway rock the look, we reached out to her longtime pro, Adir Abergel, for the step-by-step scoop on how to recreate this effortless style.
Abergel isn’t just the hairstylist behind Hathaway’s look. For close to 20 years he’s given sultry locks to Hollywood’s A-list, from Jessica Biel to Reese Witherspoon. “There’s something really sexy about how touchable and voluminous it looks,” says the pro, adding that he thinks the sexy style pops up perennially because it makes women “feel comfortable and confident.” Below, he shares the secrets of his wave success.
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Prep your hair properly: To ensure your style has the same movement and bounce as Abergel’s clients, start the style with his product cocktail. “On wet hair, disperse a golf-ball-size amount of mousse [he likes Living Proof’s lightweight version] from your roots to a few inches above your ends. On those remaining inches, apply a light oil,” says the pro, who sometimes alternates an oil with Pai-Shau’s hair primer, which conditions the hair while leaving a nice sheen. “Then rough-dry hair until it’s no longer damp using a round brush to close the cuticle and add a shiny finish,” he adds.
Banish frizz with a fabric softener sheet: “Using one to two of those sheets can really help with humidity,” Abergel advises. “Just run it over freshly blown-out hair, from mid-length to ends, to make strands extra-smooth.”
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Come to terms with the fact that you’ll need to fire up your curling iron: Sorry ladies. If you’re looking for this particular type of wave, sleeping in a handful of braids isn’t going to cut it, says Abergel. But you can skip the blowout and sleep with your wet hair in a bun, then curl your air-dried hair to create this “finished, but not overly done” style.
Begin your waves at your brow line: “Placing the waves higher than your eyebrows can create too much fullness, and starting them lower might result in a triangular look,” says the pro.
Employ his extra special curling-iron technique: “Take a section of hair and, pointing a 1- to 11⁄4-in. ceramic iron downward, curl the section away from your face, leaving the ends out. When your remove each section from the iron, immediately tug on it for a few seconds to loosen the wave.”
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Deconstruct the style: “Once all your hair is curled, apply a few spritzes of a wave spray, then scrunch your hair. Lastly, take a pea-size drop of a light cream and apply it to your ends to separate them.”
Tweak the look to fit your personality: Each of Abergel’s clients prefer their waves, so why shouldn’t you? “Anne [Hathaway] likes to have a little more volume at her roots. Sometimes Emilia [Clarke] likes her part at an angle. And Reese [Witherspoon] is a southern girl — she likes big hair! Don’t be afraid to make adjustments,” says Abergel.
What’s your No. 1 tip for making waves? Share below!