How to achieve the perfect mid-length waves

Aug 21, 2013 - by Nick Arrojo


What’s great about this cut is that it’s not too much of anything. Just past shoulder length with layers that fall at the chin and a slightly messy center part, this pretty shape has easy, everyday appeal. Worn in loose, barely there waves, it has a grungy understated glamour that works for anyone with straight to wavy hair. Soft edges play down strong features, making this shape especially flattering for exotic faces and sharp bone structure. Slightly imperfect symmetry minimizes imperfections, and width at the sides provides balance for long faces and high foreheads. Read on for steps to achieving hair equilibrium. –– Laura Martin

Step: Ask your stylist for a razor cut, with layers that fall a few inches below the chin. The razor will remove bulk and length simultaneously creating a loose shape with a soft edge. The overall length of the cut sits a few inches below the clavicle, making it easy to pull up and short enough to have natural bounce.

Step: At home, use fingers to create a slightly imperfect center part. Mist with protective thickening lotion and tousle dry, flipping hair back and forth, until all moisture is removed.

Step: Finish with refinish dry shampoo, sprayed evenly throughout the shape. Use a dab of hair creme to define and separate ends.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

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