Step-By-Step: Anh Co Tran’s Edgy Waves

Anh Co Tran is set to make waves again—literally. The genius behind the cult lived-in wave trend is introducing a fresh look with his “NuWave” technique. “It’s different from lived-in beach waves or Victoria’s secret bombshell waves,” says Tran. “The effect is more edgy, editorial and better suited for short cuts.” He’s been highlighting the technique in his recent lobs with choppy layers and shaggy cuts.

Tran Breaks Down the NuWave

  1. Start with a section about one inch from the roots. Don’t start too high on the head because it will create a boxy look.
  2. Use a 1.5-inch marcel curling iron, like the Hot Tools Professional Marcel, placing the barrel horizontally on top of the sectioned area.
  3. Rock the barrel horizontally from side to side as you make your way down the section. Alternating the direction of the barrel is preferred, unlike in traditional wave formation.
  4. To avoid making creases in the hair, don’t clamp down on the handle.
  5. Space out the waves by bending the hair in and out, continuously rocking the barrel to create a soft wave.
  6. Finally, work a bit of L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Lumi- Contrôle Shine 2 throughout, using fingertips for separation, and mist L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray on finer strands or L’Oréal Professionnel Crêpage de Chignon Mineral Powder Spray on thicker strands for added texture.

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