Expert tips for mastering the casual wave

The low-key hairstyle is here to stay, so here’s how to get it right

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / November 11 2016

The cool, casual wave may have made the rounds over the last couple of international fashion week shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan, but this season, the laidback hairstyle became even more undone, pared back, and touchable, cementing its place as the low-key hairstyle to add to your repertoire. This summer, equip yourself with products that promote softness and shine, and try your hand at the popular style as seen at the Giambattista Valli SS17 show with expert tips from hairstylist Renya Xydis.


Apply an oil

If you’re starting with dry hair, dampen your hair slightly with a spray of water, then apply Wella SP Luxe Oil Light Spray from the mid-lengths to ends to protect hair from heat styling. Then, split your hair into four quarters.


Twist it up

Take each section and twist it clockwise or anticlockwise until it becomes a tight bun, then clip in place.


Dry it off

Using a hairdryer, like VS Sassoon Salon Professional AC Dryer, lightly aim the heat over the buns until they are dry. This will set the foundation to the waves.


Let your hair down

Release each bun, separate your hair with your fingers and let it all cool down.


Use a heat tool

Take large vertical sections (starting at the front of the hairline) and wrap each section from the mid-lengths around the barrel for approximately five seconds. The Cloud Nine Waving Wand works well here.

Know how hot is too hot for your hair. Most hair textures only require a temperature around the 125-150 degree mark. Anything after that will start stripping the moisture out of your hair, which is when you notice the steam coming off your hair.
Renya Xydis


Add finishing touches

Once your hair has cooled, brush it out with your fingers and finish with some more of the oil spray from the first step for a soft hold and lots of shine. “This is an effortless hairstyle, so avoid any heavy setting sprays that will cause the hair to be stiff,” says Xydis.  

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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.