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08.13.13

THE TIP-OFF: THE PERFECT FINGER WAVE AT SECRET AGENT SALON

THE TIP-OFF: THE PERFECT FINGER WAVE AT SECRET AGENT SALON

Hairstylist Cindy Viola shows us a new twist on a summer favorite.

“The finger wave is ideal for curly hair,” explains veteran hairstylist Cindy Viola (codename “Twystilox”), “but it’s a versatile style that works with many hair types.” For a step-by-step tutorial on these effortless (-looking) waves, we ventured to San Francisco’s Secret Agent Salon—known for adding edgy, artistic, and modern twists to any look. We watched as Viola created a modern take on ’20s flapper-inspired waves that would look as good at a beach wedding as for a beach bonfire. LENA PARK

STEP ONE
“Start with a detangler or lightweight leave-in conditioner,” advises Viola.
WE LIKE: LIVING PROOF NO FRIZZ LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

STEP TWO
“Spritz the roots with a volumizing spray and blow dry hair using a big round brush. Add a little smoothing serum on the ends for an added sheen.”
TIP: “If you have oily hair, use dry shampoo at the roots and make sure to use a lightweight hairspray.”
WE LIKE: OSCAR BLANDI PRONTO INVISIBLE VOLUMIZING DRY SHAMPOO SPRAY and JOSIE MARAN MODEL CITIZEN ARGAN OIL HAIR SERUM

STEP THREE
“Section hair into three parts—the top, running about the width of your forehead to the back; the left side of your head; and the right side of your head.”

STEP FOUR
“Spray each section with a heat protectant hairspray and comb through. Curl hair away from the face using a 1” to 1.25” barrel curling iron. For the top section, make sure each curl rests horizontally on top of the head. For the side sections, curl in ‘candlestick’ formation so that each stands vertical and hugs the side of the head.”
WE LIKE: T3 SINGLEPASS TWIRL 1.25-INCH CURLING IRON

STEP FIVE
“Loosely pin each curl and let it set and cool.”

STEP SIX
“Gently brush out each curl to smooth hair. See where hair naturally creates a ‘C’ shape and use a comb and fingers to define the shape.

STEP SEVEN
Pin the center of each ‘C’ shape and spritz with firm-hold hairspray. Remove clips when hair has cooled.
WE LIKE: LIVING PROOF FLEX SHAPING HAIRSPRAY

AMP IT UP
Create a loose chignon: Gather hair into a low ponytail and pull it into a horizontal loop. Secure with bobby pins where necessary.

TIP: To make your look last, re-pin in the center of all “C” shapes and sleep on your back.

Model: Khrystyna Ukushu
Makeup Artist: Ashley Lentz

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