Getting that perfectly imperfect, wavy texture actually takes a little more know-how than you might imagine. But lucky for you, we have tried-and-true tips for creating that lived-in texture, so that you won't accidentally give yourself curly ringlets right before your night out. Here are three secrets for acing beautiful waves. 

Follow These Steps

  1. Section and spray
    Start with dry hair (second-day hair works just fine). Grab one-inch pieces and spritz with a styling primer, like Ouai Memory Mist ($28; nordstrom.com). Doing so shields strands from heat and prevents hair from falling limp. Brush through to avoid crunchiness.
  2. Wrap around
    Hold your curling wand upside down (we like DryBar Wrap Party Styling Wand, $165; sephora.com). Beginning a few inches from roots, wrap a section of hair around the barrel, away from your face. Leave an inch out at the ends. Release after 10 seconds and repeat all over.
  3. Tousle and tame
    To break up waves and smooth fly-aways, rub a dime-size dollop of finishing cream, like John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème ($7; target.com), between your hands, then finger-comb it through strands, starting at your ends.

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