The famous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show finally airs tonight, and there are so many reasons to watch. For one, Kendall Jenner finally gets her wings, Gigi and Bella Hadid making their sisterly debut together, and Lady Gaga gives a show-stopping performance. And not to mention, most of the angels will be strutting down the runway with fabulous hair. And every year, we're trying to figure out how to get Victoria's Secret models' hair, particularly their beach waves, a.k.a. one of the signature styles of these glamorous women.
While there is so much to envy about the Victoria Secret model from their perfectly glowing complexions (even in winter!) to their remarkable talent for walking in heels and lingerie without falling onstage, one thing can that is possible to copy is their trademark wavy hair.
Since the show became televised back in 1999, everyone has been obsessed have tried to copy the look, and there are plenty of folks (myself included) who have never figured out how to get it just right. Lucky for us, the mystery behind one of the most popular hairstyles is finally solved! We spoke to Sarah Potempa, lead hairstylist at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and celebrity stylist Umberto Savone on how to master those Victoria Secret Model waves. And we've even got the hair products that let you do this trick, like the curling iron they used at the show. It's time to get styling and unleash your inner Angel!
1. Prep Your Hair To Protect It From Heat
Prepping your hair before styling is crucial for frizz-free waves. Savone recommends towel drying with a paper towel to eliminate extra moisture without adding frizz. Protecting your hair is important, too, so spritz UMBERTO Beverly Hills Controller Conditioning Spray for both hold and heat protection, then blow dry your hair, lifting up and away from roots.
2. Section Off Your Hair Prior To Curling
"Sectioning with Darby Clips is the most important step because it gives a consistent curl throughout the hair," explains Potempa. She suggests sectioning the hair horizontally from the bottom to the top of the head and curl 1 to 1.5 inch sections of hair at a time.
3. Use A Curling Iron With A Large Barrel For Big Waves
This limited edition Beachwaver Curling Iron is responsible for those big, glamorous Angel waves due to the large barrel size. "You always want to curl away from the face to open up the face", says Potempa. "The great thing about the Beachwaver PRO is that it makes it so easy! There are L (left) and R (right) buttons that you select based on the side you are curling."
4. Use A Smoothing Brush To Tame Flyaways
"The combination of the bristles make it the perfect styling brush to finish the look," says Potempa. "It smooths flyways and brings the waves together to get that soft, voluminous Victoria's Secret wave." Potempa loves using this brush with a flexible hairspray to brush out curls.
5. Brush Hair With A Flexible Hairspray
ORIBE Superfine Hair Spray, $33, AmazonAs mentioned, Potempa recommends using a flexible hairspray such as ORIBE Superfine Hair Spray to smooth out curls after brushing. "It makes hair feel touchable and soft," explains Potempa.
6. Time To Texturize!
fatboy | Perfect Putt, $21, AmazonWhat's so enviable about the Victoria Secret beach waves is that they're perfectly imperfect. The key to master that messy chic look is to add some texture."This pomade is great for breaking up the curls at the end," says Potempa. "Rub a little pomade throughout your hands and use it to separate the ends of the curls to give them that tousled, lived-in Victoria's Secret look."
7. Add Shine And Smoothness With A Finishing Cream
Ouai Finishing Crème, $48, AmazonBefore heading to the catwalk — or just going out for a regular night — add a finishing cream like this one from Ouai for glossy, smooth strands. "Finishing creme is so important to smooth the waves and tame any frizz," says Potempa. What you need to do is put a dime sized amount in your hand and run it through the ends of the hair. It will look extra healthy and shiny.
Images: Beachwaver (3), Amazon (4)
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