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This tutorial, Taming Heavy Waves, is a special one because it deals with a specific type of hair that is often considered hard to style. Heavy hair! My client Brooke has very oily and heavy hair, but we always make it look fabulous for stage and photography with section work. In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to achieve a gorgeous wavy look which is perfect for this type of hair. I find it also keeps her hair slightly detangled and holds for a long time.

Let’s Get Started

In the before picture, it was early morning when Brooke came to get glammed. Notice her hair does have a little bit of layering, as it is very heavy and long. When you see where I split the hair open, you can see how at the bottom, the oil shows. Even when she washes it the night before, it’s manageable, but still extremely heavy.

I always begin by separating the hair out usually creating 4 to 6 rows of hair, moving from the bottom upward and brushing out each layer making sure to start with a well-manicured mane. I always use a paddle brush for the detangling. If a client’s hair is very tangled, then I will switch to a boar’s hairbrush first and then go back through with the paddle brush.

Blowing away the Bed Head

Here you see me blow drying her hair. This is something I do often if I feel like the hair is still not at the proper texture to start styling or prepping the hair, always using Bed Head’s Blow Out in the purple bottle. I love that this illuminating sheen cream actually works to help the hair texture. From time to time, I use a texturizing spray, but I never use a dry shampoo in this phase of styling.

Magic Wand

Next, we take small sections, starting at the bottom and wand them out, changing directions row by row. Brooke’s hair is very thick, so we usually wind up with 8 to 12 rows, depending on the style we are looking to create for the event. It takes 45 to 90 minutes depending on how fast I am moving to work through her hair. I like to make sure the prepped pieces are very secure and have a great coil to them.

Brush in the Waves

Following that step, I use a wet brush to begin forming her gorgeous waves. Going through and combing or brushing out the layers, spraying a little bit of dry shampoo in each piece adds a bit of texture and also smooths out the shine. I like to use Kenra’s Platinum Finishing Spray while working the layers out.

I brush lightly through the hair to start matching the layers and as I brush it out, I eventually get to a place where the curves of the hair are matching. You can see from the back of her hair that I clipped the front in place so the waves become more uniformed. When wanting a severe wave, I always clip throughout the hair to secure the wave depth.

Deep Waves 

You can see Brooke is appearance ready. She has gorgeous waves in her hair and her fabulous crown is on. I also included a photo where we have done a bit deeper of a wave, a slightly off-center part as well as a deeper bang. These are the styles we have found that work best with her hair’s weight, allowing her to switch her part up throughout the day so that she can keep a fresh look no matter what event she is attending.


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