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How to Master the Matte Wavy Hair Trend for Spring 2014


wavy hair spring 2014 runways

From left: Alexander Wang, Nanette Lepore & Christopher Kane

We have spring beauty on the brain like you wouldn’t believe, so we’re experimenting with all the trends so we’re ready to rock them when warmer weather hits.

One of our favorite natural beauty occurrences in the wavy hair we get from going to the beach. Even if you don’t get into the water, the mix of salty air and grainy sand will add unbelievable texture to your mane. But not everyone has access to the coast 24/7, so sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. And though there were no ocean waves in sight backstage at the Spring 2014 shows, there was no shortage of matte, rock-and-roll waves from designers like Alexander Wang to across the pond at Christopher Kane. So unless you live somewhere on the hot, sunny shoreline (lucky you!), check out how to master the matte wavy hair trend below.

1. Towel dry wet hair and use your fingers to part it in the center. Don’t worry about making it super precise with a comb, it should look messy.

2. Apply a styling cream to give texture a boost. We love Ouidad Wave Create Texture Taffy because it has a matte finish with no sticky residue. Rub a nickel-sized dollop of product in your hand then work it up from tips to roots in a “scrunching” motion to create a wavelike shape.

3. Dry hair with a diffuser to create natural waves without the frizz. When hair is 75% dry, let it finish drying naturally.

4. Apply a texturizing finishing spray to give your new ‘do hold and volume. We swear by AG Hair High & Dry Matte Volume & Finish Spray because it infuses hair with natural lift and a matte, texturized finish.

This look is supposed to appear lived in, so don’t be afraid to keep the style for a few days before washing. Just run a comb through it daily to get rid of tangles.