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By | trends | 4 Comments

AS seen on the red-carpet at the Golden Globes, waves are in trend. Most noticeably, Megan Fox rocked some pretty awesome waves.

Here, Sam Villa gives us the deets on how to recreate at home:

Red Carpet WavesTools Needed: Sam Villa Signature Series Wide Tooth Comb, Marcel iron and Redken Forceful 23 hairspray
·      Begin with a diagonal section 
·      Gather the section, elevate to 90 degrees with thumb and index finger and over direct to the corner of the eye
·      Place the Marcel iron in front of the section with the barrel of the iron behind the section.  (Be sure to keep the hair in fingers close to the barrel at all times)
·      Holding the section, face thumbnail up and then twist the hair so thumbnail is facing the floor, slide down and wrap.
·      Slide the hair up the barrel making sure to keep thumbnail close to the barrel without closing the blade.  (Closing the blades of the barrel will produce lines of demarcation inside the crest)
·      Repeat the motions until the end of the section: Wrap, twist – thumbnail up, thumbnail down, wrap, twist, thumbnail up, thumbnail, down, wrap….
·      Once to the end of the section, drop the elbow of the arm that is holding the Marcel iron, keeping hold of the section
·      While holding the end of the section with the thumbnail turn the Marcel iron in the opposite direction for more tension allowing the heat to do its job.  (This creates the tension in the twists – the twist is the crest and the flat wrap is the valley)
·      Release thumb and place the palm of hand underneath the barrel of the Marcel iron
·      Catch the hair in palm when released from the barrel.  (If hair is just dropped without catching it, the section will stretch and become loose)
·      With the section in palm, spray two shots of Redken Forceful 23 hairspray
·      Pancake and compress the section in both palms (The hair will be very hot!)
·      Allow the hair to cool – be patient
·      Release the section from palm 
·      Take wide tooth comb, using the end with the teeth spaced apart, place the palm of hand behind the section
·      SLOWLY comb through the section to the ends resulting in beautiful Red Carpet Waves.
·      Continue with diagonal sections to complete the head


By | hair | 4 Comments

I love me a good tip. A good hair tip… priceless. Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, dishes on some of his very exclusive tricks of the trade.

All things haircare —

·    To prevent frizz, reach for an old tee shirt instead of a fluffy towel to thoroughly squeeze out the excess moisture without roughing up the cuticle.
·    Detangle hair by working from the bottom up.
·    Product is a necessity. Use mousse for volume, lotion for hair that’s smooth and touchable or gel for lift and definition.
·    A boar-bristle brush will distribute the natural oils throughout the hair and give a smooth finish.
·    Stand up, because your body will have more flexibility than when you’re sitting down.
·    If you work with a round brush, section off the hair and start at the bottom. Between sections, put down the blowdryer so you have both hands to get the hair on the brush.
·    If your hair is color-treated, set your thermal tools on medium to keep the cuticle closed and maintain the color longer.

Naturally curly hair has special requirements:
·    Comb out hair with a large-tooth comb.
·    Before using a mousse or gel, apply a leave-in conditioner.
·    To maintain the curl, clamp hair with clips at the base to provide lift; then let hair dry naturally or use a diffuser to dry it.

“The last thing I recommend to clients is that if they’re having a “bad hair day,” just start over! Spritz the hair with a water bottle and adjust the top surface. Investing just a few minutes will turn things around to have a great hair day,” states Villa.

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