Photo: Jessica Biel/SplashNews
If the Emmy Awards earlier this week were any indication, it’s officially time to trade in your beachy waves for a more polished hairstyle. Stars like Madelaine Petsch, Jessica Biel, Elizabeth Moss, Chrissy Teigen, Scarlett Johansson, and many, many more walked the red carpet with softer, styled strands.
While it’s tempting to skip the blow dryer and styling tools, especially when you can sneak in a little extra sleep instead, these well-defined waves are easier than you think to achieve. The trick comes down to one surprising tool: a flatiron. Moving it backwards and forwards, in an "S" pattern, is the quickest way to make waves -- and once you get the hang of it, the style has a way of looking effortlessly chic.
Need more evidence? Read on to see how celebrity hairstylists created the look at the 2018 Emmys.
Photo: Jessica Biel/SplashNews
Photo: Madelaine Petsch/@madelame official instagram
Long and loose
When it comes to gorgeous S-waves, Jessica Biel’s style is #hairgoals. “I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite era, in which young women considered their delicate long locks their glory and conveyed the ultimate femininity through its soft, romantic texture,” says Adir Abergel, the celebrity hairstylist responsible for her ‘do. “The look centered around healthy, shiny, long hair with a sharp center part. Loose waves and highlights surrounding her cheekbones added a delicate beauty to Jessica’s overall red-carpet appearance.”
Abergel prepped Biel's damp hair, from roots to tips, with Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream ($40; virtuelabs.com) and several golf ball-sized pumps of Virtue Moisture-Defining Whip ($36; virtuelabs.com) to bring out its natural texture. After blow-drying, he used the new ghd Platinum+ Styler ($249; ghdhair.com) to create the soft wave pattern, oscillating it back and forth while running it through strands. “It’s important to alternate directions when styling with the flatiron to create bends in small sections of the hair,” he says. To finish, he spritzed dry shampoo at the ends, which created more volume through the bottom for that airy and weightless appearance, and hairspray for hold.
Celebrity hairstylist Marc Mena also use the ghd Platinum+ Styler to style Madelaine Petsch’s strands into relaxed waves for her first-ever Emmy appearance. “I love this straightener, because its curved edges allow me to glide the hair through while also twisting to create a gorgeous curl that doesn’t look too uniformed," he says.
Photo: Scarlett Johansson/SplashNews
Photo: Chrissy Teigen/SplashNews
Short and side-swept
Good news for girls with short hair: You can get the look, too! “Most people generally assume growing out short hair is limited to how you can style it, but when hair is cared for with a great shampoo and conditioner you have solid foundation for styling – it adds the perfect amount of bounce while keeping strands super smooth and shiny,” says Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals celebrity hairstylist, who styled Scarlett Johansson’s side-swept waves. “Scarlett’s white Balmain dress screamed out for a modern bombshell look,” she says.
A touch of volume is key to creating this look. To start, Cho applied a combination of Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse ($4; walmart.com) and R+Co Pomade Mousse ($30; saks.com) before making a deep side part and drying the hair to bring out its natural texture. “If you don’t have any bend in the hair, blow dry with your fingers and just give it a good scrunch,” she suggests. Then, she sectioned hair and used a flat iron to create the soft waves. After brushing strands into place, she finished with another dab of pomade for hold and a spritz Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist ($36; net-a-porter.com) for added bounce.
For Chrissy Teigen’s Emmy appearance with hubby John Legend, celebrity hairstylist and founder of OUAI Haircare Jen Atkin used a similar technique. To create the supermodel's super-subtle S-wave (say that five times fast!), she prepped Teigen’s damp strands with OUAI Volume Spray ($26; sephora.com) and blow-dried it smooth. Then, Atkin used the Amika Silk Glide Flat Iron ($100; loveamika.com) to create soft bends in the hair. She finished by scrunching Paul Mitchell Firm Style Super Clean Sculpting Gel ($20; ulta.com) throughout and adding a touch of OUAI Hair Oil ($28; sephora.com) to ends to ensure waves would be shiny and soft.