How to Do Vintage Waves
Begin with straight and smooth hair. If you need to, run a flat iron through your hair to smooth it. (For the correct method, see Bryan’s video tutorial on how to flat-iron your hair straight.) Next, divide your hair horizontally into three sections: Pin up one at the crown and one at the tops of your ears, and leave the remainder loose.
Beginning with the bottom, unpinned section of hair, curl your hair with a curling iron with a 1.25-inch or 1.5-inch barrel. Be sure to fully wrap your hair, working from top to bottom, around the barrel, holding it vertically to your head. Continue curling until you’ve finished both the bottom and middle sections.
When you begin curling the top section, you’ll alter your method: Separate out a section of hair two to three inches wide and place your curling iron so that it is parallel to your part. Gently pulling the hair out from your head, clamp down on the uppermost part of the section for a few seconds, making sure that the hair threads over the barrel. Release the iron, but maintain a hold on the hair with your free hand.
Now place the curling iron immediately below the bend you just created in your hair. Making sure that the hair threads under the barrel, clamp down on the hair, gently pulling it out from your head.
As you repeat this pattern—hair over the barrel; hair under the barrel—down the section of hair, you’ll see that the hair will wave in a soft S shape.
Continue curling your hair into this S pattern from one side of your head to the other. The back of your head may be a bit tricky, so if you have trouble, use the curling method in Step 2 instead. Just be sure to revert to the S pattern for the front sections of hair.
Run your fingers through your hair to blend in the curls.
Tease a little bit at the crown to soften any separation from the varying curling patterns. (For the technique, see Bryan’s video tutorial on how to tease hair.) Comb through the teased hair lightly just to smooth and soften it.