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Lobby Waves

Lobby Waves

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You know how some days you wake up, and you think, "WOW, my hair looks great!  I don't even have to wash this!"  Then you put in some dry shampoo and a drop of texturizing product and leave the house?  Yeah, me either, I was just hoping for your sake that was a real thing.  If you said yes, please skip to the next post, us straight hair girls have some texture to fake.

Onto my Lobby Waves.  I call it this because my hair has grown from a bob into a lob, and it's wavy, but the Jessica Rabbit affect of the deep part also reminds me of a style fit for a vintage smoky hotel lobby.  There you have it, Lobby Waves!

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First I start with damp hair, towel dried, sometimes slightly air dried.  Then brushed smooth so I can create sections.  If your hair is very limp, at this point add in some light weight mousse to your roots,  I like this one, it's cheap and effective.

Next I separate my hair in a front section from ear to ear, and pin it up.  Followed by another section to split the back hair into a top and bottom area for easier drying.

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Once the top 2 sections are pinned, I take my blowdryer and start drying the portion left loose with a round bristle brush.  Now, this may be the most important part, and it also may feel the most awkward.  When blowdrying with the brush, make sure to curve under towards your neck as you dry your hair.  This may not be as important on longer hair, but on shoulder length and above hair I find that my waves always try to flip all outward, this keeps the ratio of waves turned in equal to waves pointing out, and in my opinion, keeps the look more modern, and less Natalie Wood.  

When you get a moment, plug in your straightening iron and continue drying.

Once that section is completely dry, do the same for the "top-back" section, and then the large section on top of your head (I'll often work in smaller sections within these areas, but if you're low on time you can do them how you like).  Don't forget to keep curling under as you dry.

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At this point you should have the most basic mom hair style, and you should not understand how you're going to fix this and get to work on time.  I have this moment once a week when I style my hair like this, everything will be ok.

Alright, now time for the fun part. On the side you want your hair parted, create a deep-ish side part. Nothing too crazy, just something you're comfortable with.

Now starting on the side with less hair, you're going to curl the top layer of hair in one inch sections.  I curl like this: Grab the section of hair desired, curl out from the roots, and twist back, stopping before I get to the end of the strand as to not create an overly defined curl.  Before letting go, I twist from root to end allowing the heat to create a natural looking wave with the twist.  Then drop it to let it cool.  Do this all the way to the back, then start again on the other side, twisting out away from the face as you curl.  Here's a video, because I know I was pretty wordy with this curl.

Once your curls are all done, I like to look for any obvious gaps and add a curl there.  Then I spray the whole thing with a soft hold hairspray and let everything sit for a min.  

Once your hair has cooled, run your fingers through it from roots to ends to lightly break up some of the twists.

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Next in the palm of my hands I like to mix a hair paste or clay (pomade doesn't quite hold as well), and a texturizing spray or this one for a bit more shine.  Rub this together until smooth. 

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I like to rub the product that made it onto my fingers into my roots.  Then with my palms I scrunch the ends of my hair to give it that messy/sexy look.  Last, as I'm running out of product I go back to the front two sections and twist them away from my face with product.

 

Now do your makeup, get dressed, and voila, lobby waves... Go get 'em tiger, or should I say rabbit.

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