VIDEO: Messy waves in minutes

Recreate the TRESemmé NYFW runway style

Beauty Crew Editor / April 06 2016

Years ago, Gisele Bundchen made messy beachy waves one of the most sought-after hairstyles for all hair lengths. 

Since, women have spent hours and tried multiple hair tools to try recreate the dishevelled, effortless look, but it was at the BCBG show at this year’s Autumn/Winter New York Fashion Week that TRESemmé Hair Director Orlando Pita unlocked the secret to nailing the look. 

The key? Starting off with the products to give your hair the right amount texture and movement before you start attempting the waves. 

Watch on above to see how we used products from the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done range, as well as a curling wand, to create effortless-looking, messy waves


Create texture

Using a golfball-sized amount of TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creating Seam Foam, spread the product from roots to ends. Instead of making your hair feel crunchy or hard, this foam will add the texture and grit you need for styling (without weighing down your hair).

TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creating Seam Foam


Dry it off

Quickly give your hair a rough dry so the foam doesn’t feel wet or tacky. You don’t need to worry about using a brush or blow-drying, as this technique can actually help give your hair a more lived-in feel.

dry hair messy waves


Create your waves

Using a medium-barrelled curler (you can use larger if you have long hair), grab random sections of hair and wrap around the wand and hold for a few seconds. The longer you wait before releasing, the more defined the wave. Another good thing to note: the bigger the section you take, the looser the wave, so if you want really loose waves, take bigger sections and hold against the heat for three to five seconds.

curl hair
TOP TIP: Don’t worry about being perfect with how you wrap your hair around your wand. Any messiness or kinks (or change in direction) gives the style a more effortless finish.


Spray for hold

To ensure your waves stay put in the style all day, finish off with TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray.

TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray
TOP TIP: If your waves aren’t as loose as you’d like them, gently run your fingers through your hair to soften the curls you’ve created.

Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.