How to Get Perfect, Voluminous Waves

A girl with wavy hair

Back in November, we taught you how to master the technique of an at-home blow-dry; getting that body to your hair that you always appreciate when leaving your Barnstaple hairdressers has proven to be a helpful skill that (hopefully!) some of you are well on the way to perfecting. However, another popular style that people sometimes can struggle getting perfect are those big, bouncy waves that grace the Victoria’s Secret catwalk!

There are a number of ways in which you can replicate voluminous curls at home, with some a lot simpler than others. Depending on your hair type, you may find that some methods work wonders, whereas others leave your hair looking a bit lacklustre. This is why the preparation of your hair is vital; too many products will weigh your hair down, resulting in the curls dropping and losing their shape.

For our tutorial today, we’ll be teaching you how best to curl your hair with a curling iron. If you’re looking for looser, bouncier curls, then our blow dry routine, which can be found here, might be more helpful to you!

Step one

Start this look with clean hair that you have allowed to slightly air dry. This will create texture in the hair without the need for additional products. If, before you begin to blow dry your mostly-dry hair you feel as though you could do with some more body, lightly spritz your favourite heat protectant at the roots, creating that desirable lift that you’re after without making your hair feel too heavy from product.

Step 2

Blitz your hair with your hairdryer of choice until dry, before separating into sections.

Step 3

Before you begin taking sections of your hair to be curled, you need to decide what will work best for your hair type and your hair curler. For larger, more voluminous waves, you need to be working with a curler with a barrel that is at least 1.5 inches thick. This will give the curl the body that you’re looking for and will prevent the curls from looking too tight. To decide how thick the sections of your hair that you’re planning on curling are, you need to look at how much hair you have and its thickness. We would also advise that 1.5/2 inch sections are the best for this look, but ultimately it’s up to you.

Step 4

Before curling, spray your hair lightly with some hairspray in order to keep the curl. If your curling iron or wand has a clip, it is best to start in the middle of your hair, as it is fragile. However, it is also essential to ensure that you’re not clamping the hair too hard, as it may result in a kink being formed in your hair. As you prepare to remove your hair from your appliance, allow the curl to drop into your hand to cool slightly, as this will allow the curl to stick better.

Step 5

Repeat this step with each large section of hair that you have created, spraying hairspray at the roots to create more lift and body.

Step 6

Once your whole head has been curled, begin to separate each curl with your fingers. This is the best way of keeping as much of the curl as possible while allowing them to remain soft.


If you’re considering switching up your ‘do, why not pop in to see us to discuss your options? Our expert team of hair stylists are on hand to ensure that you leave with your hair looking as good as you’ve always dreamed of, providing you with a stress-free transformation!