HOTNESS TUTORIAL: How To Do The Olsen Twin Wavy Hair Thing (Even If You Suck At Doing Hair)

I PROMISE you that if you can do anything with a blowdryer and a brush, or if you can use a curling iron decently, you'll master the clamp and your hair will look better than mine for sure.

May 20, 2011 at 2:02pm | Leave a comment

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YO! So I just did this cool wavy thing to my hair! The exclamation points are because I generally suck at anything involving hair tools (which is why I love our young beauty genius Hannah, who totally rules and will pick up the slack, tutorial-wise).

Things I also suck at: remembering to take "before" pictures -- trust me, my hair was straight-ish, with a little bit of natural wave because I rarely blow-dry.

Also: taking pictures of myself in general. This one is from the Photobooth thing on my computer. The lighting sucks; I'm not actually blue. I would have filmed myself doing what I'm about to describe to you, but I don't have roommates or a boyfriend or anything like that, and all the dudes I know who would be willing to come over and help me out would probably expect to be paid in sex. NO, we do not want that.

Okay, so this is the crazy-looking tool I used:

It's called the Hot Tool Professional 3 Gold Barrel Waver, and it's like $36 on Folica. And it's totally easy to use! You just let it heat up (duh) as you prep your dry hair with, well -- I wasn't sure, so I turned to my favorite Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray. I have a lot of hair, so I hairsprayed section by section. I think a thermal protection spray like Alberto V05 Extreme Style Heat Defense Conditioning Spray (I know the dude who formulated it -- it's sick, trust me) might have been better -- especially if you're frizz-prone and care about that. But my hairspray worked!

Then the iron was ready, and I went to work. Even though I didn't really know what I was doing.

Turns out, that's totally OK! Unlike a curling iron, which requires tricky flips of the wrist and dexterity and a sharp eye for catching the ends of hair and rolling them around the barrel just so, this thing is just a big clamp! Three barrels, with a metal presser-thing to, uh, press down and hold hair with. It opens, you put a big piece of hair between it's ... jaws, and then you clamp down.

So it's just like this: Clamp, hold, release. Move an inch down the hair shaft. Clamp, hold, release. Another inch or two down the hair shaft. Clamp, hold, release. Another inch or two down the hair shaft. Clamp, hold, release. Reach the end of the hair shaft; start clamping another section.

I started at my roots and inched down the full length of my hair, holding the clamp in place for 10 seconds or so each time. That was it.

And I just kept going, all the way around my head. Not even carefully! Haphazardly, almost. I didn't do all of my hair, because I would have gotten bored and freaked out, so I focused on the pieces around my face and then randomly did what I could in the back, alternating layers of straight hair on top of wavy-clamped sections, until I had a full textured, beachy-messy effect.

Then I respritzed the whole thing with hairspray and admired myself in the mirrors above my bed as I smoked a cigarette. And then I was like, Oh f*#k, Jane would probably want me to take a photo of this.

So I took this:

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This might not be your dream look, but sometimes it is mine. I like to think it's Olsen Twin-ish. And I PROMISE you that if you can do anything with a blowdryer and a brush, or if you can use a curling iron decently, you'll master the clamp and your hair will look better than mine for sure.

Thoughts? You like it or no? Be honest.