WATCH: Exactly How to Get This Year's 'French Chic' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Wavy Hairstyle
Sarah Potempa shows us how to create the model-worthy runway look
The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is about to go down in Paris, which means the Angels are prepping to waltz down the runway with their iconic look — wings galore, lots of lingerie and bouncy, voluminous and oh-so-sexy waves. But, this year, that signature hair is going to look a little different, says celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, the founder of the Beachwaver and the mastermind behind the hair at the show.
The hair will be taking a more natural turn: “The waves have gotten looser, sexier, and a little more lived-in,” Potempa tells PeopleStyle of the models’ legendary strands. “It’s about the whole idea of embracing everyone’s natural beauty.”
And she taught us exactly how to get the look — no runway required — in the “How It’s Done” video above.
Potempa says they key is all about the shine and volume, creating a healthy, lived-in look — instead of a typical blowout with curved ends. “This year, the waves are going to be more polished, a really healthy wave with a lot of volume, but more French chic, so you’ll see a little more of a beautiful, modern type of blowout,” Potempa explains. “You’re still going to get that volume, but you’re going to see more of a wave.”
The trick to perfecting the look, she says, is leaving the ends out of the curling iron — and only bringing the curl up to two inches from the root. “If you want more of a tousled end, you leave about an inch-and-a-half out,” Potempa explains, adding that it helps to consider curling only the mid-section of the hair shaft.
But after you curl each 1-inch section, it’s important to let it cool before touching it. “A lot of people have a tendency to pull it out, to touch it, to brush it immediately, but you want that structure to be in there so you have a really healthy wave,” Potempa says.
So if you haven’t yet perfected your curling iron skills, grab a Beachwaver and start practicing before the show airs on Dec. 5th on CBS.