An Era in Haircare Gets a Relaxed Redux
Casual 'dos include messy buns, low side ponytails and loose braids, elements that can be mixed to create interesting looks. Still, the prevalent fashion is the curl, which can be achieved several different ways.
"Stylists are using finger waves and pin curls as platforms for styles now," Lauren Marshman, stylist and cosmetologist at RejuvenEssence in Plains Township, said.
The waterfall curl is the most easily achieved at home. Instead of clamping hair in a curling iron, the iron barrel is pointed downward and hair is wound around it. It's left there until hot, then gently unwound to create a loose curl.
Pin curls are formed by taking a section of hair that measures a quarter of an inch or less, lightly gelling it from root to tip, spiraling it upwards and pinning it at the root. They can be left in or taken out after the hair is dry to achieve a head full of soft curls.
Marshman said pin curls also are effective when a single one is placed by the ear to complement an up-do, giving the overall look a touch of romance.
The romanticism of today's up-and-coming hairstyles has roots in history, particularly the 1940s.
"During and after World War II, fashion was very simple, so women paid attention to their hair and makeup," Deirdra Argento, owner of Studio Bombshell in Wyoming, said. "They really took the time to do their hair, which is where a lot of the very sculpted and intricate curls come into play."