Marie Calica is the former beauty editor of Marie Claire Philippines, and is currently
the editor in chief of the newly launched local edition of Runner’s
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What do Jessica Simpson and Kate Hudson have in common? Cascading curls that spell sexy. But you don’t need a celebrity’s hairstylist to get red carpet-worthy waves. Here, three DIY ways to achieve celebrity-perfect waves and curls.
Pin Curls If you like smaller, cuter ringlets, pin curls are your easiest bet.
Take a section of hair (the bigger the section, the bigger the curl) using a tail comb. Spritz some water to tame the lock of hair, then run your comb or fingers through to remove any tangles. Wind the lock of hair around your index finger from the ends of your hair to your roots, then secure with a bobby pin.
Once all the curls are in place, spritz a light layer of hair spray all over to set your do. Next, wrap a scarf over your head to protect and set the curls, and leave it on for a few hours.
Carefully unwrap the scarf and remove the pins from your hair. Use your fingers to scrunch your hair for a tousled effect.
Hair Buns Coiling hair up into mini-buns gives you the Hollywood-sexy-hair effect, without needing a traditional curling iron.
Use a tail comb to section your hair into four quadrants. Mist a setting solution or hair spray onto one section, then twist from the base up to the tip. Secure the twirl with a hairpin. (For thicker hair, use two pins that form an X.)
Repeat with the remaining sections and wait at least half an hour, then blast the nozzle of your blow-dryer on high heat for two to three minutes before unraveling the buns. Shape hair in place using fingers.
Triple-barrel Iron These three-barrel curling irons let you crimp with ease while saving time.
Apply a heat-protecting serum from the tips of your hair up to about an inch away from your scalp. Pull the top section of your hair up and secure with a clamp, then comb the lower part.
Position the barrel about an inch away from your scalp to avoid burning yourself, then clamp the first lock of hair from the bottom section for about five seconds. Unclamp, then slide the barrel down to where the lowest part was. Repeat the process until you reach the tips.
When all the sections are done, scrunch the waves up
to give a more natural effect, then top off with hair spray.