Again, there wasn't a Trend on Trial in this week's Stylist so I decided to go back to the one I missed while I was on holiday - the Classic Retro Wave (you can find it here, page 46).
Now, hair is a difficult one for me, ask me to do something technical like an upside down french plait, then I'm your girl (thanks to hours as a child trying to perfect these things!), ask me to do a Cheryl Cole style blow dry full of volume then I'm rubbish. I can't even attempt to co-ordinate a hairdryer AND a brush, which is why most of the time my hair is down and 'kinda' straight. The ten minute blast is how I do my hair...every morning!
So I was looking forward to trialing this trend, it was going to be a challenge but hopefully not an impossible one. I started by prepping my hair with the Paul Mitchell Thicken Up Styling Liquid, my go-to product when I want my hair to look that bit less fine than it actually is. I was then pretty glad to read that Joanna insisted that your hair must be 100% dry before you attempt the long-lasting wave...this meant I could actually do the quick blast, and keep my fingers crossed that my technical skills may come into practice.
I then put my hair into a side parting, which I figured would work better with my fringe, and help to perfect that Lana Del Ray look, and I set to. Following Joanna's advice (yes, she is my beauty guru) I coated the ends of my hair in dry shampoo, apparently this helps to give the 'matte' look. I then started, well, straightening. I don't own tongs so I had to make do with my faithful GHD's.
Once my hair was formed into some semi-perfect ringlets, I spritz it in hairspray and waited for it too cool down (again, Joanna's advice). I then had to brush it out, yes, brush it out. I was NOT happy about this. But not wanting to let you all down..I did it, but rather than looking like a Del Ray beauty I looked more like Courtney Love after a heavy night out!! But after fiddling a bit more, I think I achieved some kind of attempt at the long-lasting wave, but really I just need Joanna to come round here and show me how to do it properly.
So what do you think, and what do I think? Perhaps without my fringe, or a longer fringe I think it would have worked better. But for a first attempt, I think it's not half bad!
In hindsight, I wish I'd done a retro make-up look too, a classic red lip would really have finished the look off , but hey, hindsight is a beautiful thing!
Will you be trying out the classic wave?
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