The Wave

I don’t post too much about beauty on Bows & Sequins, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions and requests about certain parts of my routine. So… I’m going to teach you how to do The Wave!

I try to let my hair air dry as much as possible. Before I start with my curling wand, I blast my strands with the blow dryer for just a minute or so to make sure it’s completely dry. Here’s the starting point… my natural, un-styled hair.

I place my thumbs at my temples and separate my hair in to two sections: top and bottom. I pin up the top half and curl the bottom half first. Getting used to a curling wand wasn’t that difficult for me because I never really got the hang of a regular curling iron–true story. You simply wrap your hair around the wand, easy peasy!

When using a wand you have a lot of different options. If you twist your section of hair while wrapping it around the wand, you’ll get a totally different curl. I personally prefer not to twist my hair and curl the 1-inch sections away from my face. I also prefer to leave my ends out of the curl for a more “un-done” look. You just have to play around with it to see what works best for you!

Once I get the bottom section curled, I let the top section down. Since I am going for loose waves, I don’t curl every piece of hair. Some of my layers are shorter and blend right in to the pieces I’ve already curled. I pick out sections of longer strands and curl those.

Once I’ve curled all of the top pieces I need to, I finger-comb the curls and shake them out a little bit! I spritz the curls with a tad bit of hair spray and call it quits!

Curling Wand: Jose Eber c/o // Striped Tee: Madewellย // Nails: OPI ‘Purple with a Purpose’

The Jose Eber curling wand I’m using is really unique because it actually comes with three different barrels that you can pop on and off depending on which type of curl you are going after. For these loose waves, I’m using the 25 mm barrel. If you want to pick up this curling wand (or any other tool!) for yourself,ย Jose Eberย is offering 15% off their entire site to Bows & Sequins readers. Use code BOWS15!

So… What do you think? Would a video tutorial be more helpful? Do you want to see more beauty on Bows & Sequins? Let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. 6.20.12

    Your hair looks so cute with these loose waves – I use the exact same technique when I do mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      Thanks! It’s a pretty basic technique… I’m excited to learn more styles with the wand!

  2. 6.20.12

    that was a great tutorial! I actually just got a curling wand and have no idea how to use it!

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      The biggest thing for me to realize is that you have to hold the curling wand upside down. It gets so easy once you play around with it and get the hang of it!

  3. 6.20.12
    Jessica @ LittleMiss312 said:

    My mom bought that a few months ago and used it once and gave up! haha I’m thinking I might have her send it to me though and try it! Your hair always looks so cute and you’re totally right, I hate the ringlets that a normal curling iron leaves.

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      You’ll be totally fine once you try it out a few times!

  4. 6.20.12
    Janine said:

    Did u ever post the winners of the birch box subscription and Kerastase giveaway??? If so, I missed it.

    • 6.20.12
      Jessica said:

      I emailed them personally rather than posting. Clare won the 3 month subscription and Lumi & Lisa won the Kerastase Birchboxes. Have you entered the Sequin giveaway yet? Lots of giveaways on Bows & Sequins right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 6.20.12
    Sarah said:

    So cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I personally love hair and make-up post. I would would love to see a eye make-up tutorial.

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      Great idea! I’ll have to work on that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 6.20.12
    Lindsay said:

    I agree with the eye make-up tutorial. It always interests me how other ladies do their eye make-up.

    Lindsay @

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      Thanks for the input! I’m thinking a video tutorial would be best for that…

  7. 6.20.12

    Love the looook. And totally jealous that a. yours came with different barrels and b. you have a glove …I ALWAYS get burnt!

    • 6.21.12
      Jessica said:

      RIGHT?! Before Jose Eber sent me this one, I had the Conair You Curl (that doesn’t come with a glove) and burnt myself quite a few times!

  8. 6.23.12
    Aunt Anne said:

    Again…loved the new look! Very helpful tips…but no mention of the glove. I think that would be key for me. Years since I used an iron. Guess there still isn’t a good way to protect your neck from a possible burn other than improved skills! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 6.23.12
      Jessica said:

      Not all wands come with a glove, which I find odd. My first curling wand was a Conair You Curl which is very affordable, but doesn’t come with a glove. Maybe they sell them separately, I’m not sure! When I was curling my hair with this Jose Eber wand/glove a few weeks ago, I accidentally burnt my shoulder so you just have to be more careful than with a regular curling iron.

  9. 6.23.12
    Brienne said:

    Do your curls last a while (without falling out) when you use a wand vs a regular curling iron? My curls only stay when I curl using a flat iron, but I want to try using a wand!

  10. 6.23.12

    Super fool proof guide! Can’t wait to try it out