Over-the-Shoulder Waves Tutorial

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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I'm so excited to ring in the new year with my husband, son, and some of our favorite peeps! Contrary to what one would think, celebrating New Year's Eve has been even more fun since my son was born. I've never been one to go out on New Year's Eve (I hate crowds) and a bunch of kids hopped up on lemonade know how to get a dance party started.

Nevertheless, I still get fancy. If you haven't noticed, I never miss an opportunity to dress up and try something new with my hair and makeup. This year, I have no idea what I'm wearing but I know how I plan to style my hair!

I'm loving over-the-shoulder styles lately. This look uses an inverted french braid to keep one side nice and orderly next to the big and wild waves on the other side. It's kind of retro 80s and this 'do definitely has a fun vibe that is perfect for party time.

The step-by-step tutorial is after the jump.

 Over-the-Shoulder Waves

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For this tutorial you will need:

Comb
Clips
Styling cream, wax, or pomade (I used Redken Mess Around 10 Distrupting Cream Paste)
Small hair band
Bobby pins
Triple-barrel waver or any other iron you may have
Texturizing iron (optional - I used Sam Villa Textur Texturizing Iron)
Hairspray (I used Redken Control Addict 28)

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1. Use your comb to create a section about 2" wide along the perimeter from one temple, down to the opposite side nape. Clip the top section out of the way.

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2. Use a texturizing iron on the bottom section to crimp in tiny waves that will not only make your hair easier to braid, but also give it more volume and awesome texture. Be sure to spritz each section with hairspray prior to ironing.

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3. Create an inverted French braid or Dutch braid down the length of the section and tie off with a small hair band.

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4. Gently pull the braid wider with your fingers.

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5. Release the top section and start waving from the bottom up, taking horizontal sections. Again, apply hairspray to each section before ironing. If you don't have a triple barrel waver, you can use a curling iron or flat iron to create your waves.

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6. When you get towards the top, wave just the ends, leaving the first few inches straight.

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7. Run your fingers through your waves with a texturizing cream for separation and definition.

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8. To help keep your hair over your shoulder, you can add a couple bobby pins just above the braid in the back as shown.

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9. Arrange the waves over the pins, give the whole style the once-over with hairspray, and get your dance pants on!

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