Do The Wave
I have the same gripe about my hair as curly girls everywhere: When the layers get long, they have a tendency to go triangular, with too much weight on my shoulders and not enough volume at the crown or on the sides. Needless to say, it’s a challenge for even the most consummate of professionals to deal with. So, after flitting from haircutter to haircutter, I went back to Shaun Cottle at Seagull in the West Village when I decided to pull the trigger on a much-needed trim; he had gotten it right in the past, and just before the shows started, he gave me a cut that I’ve really been loving—even Celia, our beauty editor, noticed the perfect angle in the back and the way the front layers allowed for tiny, face-framing tendrils. In a nutshell, Sean “took out what were long, grown-out layers, brought the back up, and created a more organic, rounded shape,” he explained to me when I marveled at the outcome. Key to keeping up the shape, of course, was the fancy clipless wave iron he used to add definition in the salon; without the clip, you get a more natural-looking curl minus the sharp bend at the end, he told me. My first at-home attempt at duplication was…less successful. I tried reproducing the same effect with my traditional curler and failed miserably, which is when I sought out Goody’s new, very affordable HEAT Wave Creator. It’s part of the drugstore giant’s first-ever hot tool collection, and twisting and holding locks of hair around its wave barrel produces beachy, imperfect waves, as opposed to the ringlets a normal iron creates. Without a clip, it is admittedly easier to burn a finger or two, but I’m getting the hang of it—and I’m happy to report that post-Paris, the style is still going strong.