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.”
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.