Veronica Lake Waves

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

So this is something I am still working on myself, but I really feel that the ability to do a quick vintage inspired Veronica Lake-esque wave is an amazing tool to have in your beauty box. It’s one of the best ways to glam it up for a big event, or night out. According to the ladies at the Beauty Department, the main skill is to do the exact same wave, one right next to the other and develop a pattern. Here goes nothin'!

  1. Find a good deep side part. Once you find your side part, clip the top half of the heavier side up as seen in photo #1.
  2. Start with curling the section right above your ear. Use either a 1″ wand or a 1″ barrel curling iron. It’s important to let the hair get as hot as you can without burning it.
  3. For steps 3, 4 and 5, you want to do the EXACT same thing right one right next to the other. Wrap curl the hair forward toward your face. You want to make sure you’re seeing a perfect curl pattern. If not, curl that piece again!
  4. Do the next piece.
  5. And the next one just the same.
  6. Now switch sides and repeat. Do one curl after the other in the exact same pattern. You’ll start to notice a sort of Shirley Temple curl happening. That’s good. 
  7. Once the curls are in place, spray with a firm holding hairspray. Allow everything to set for 5 minutes in a cool, dry room.
  8. After everything cools, take the fine side of your comb and start combing through the curls.
  9. Keep combing and combing and combing. (Apply a little more hairspray or re-curl a curl if/when necessary.)
  10. If you’ve curled all your sections the exact same way right next to each other, you’ll start to see a perfect pattern form as you’re combing.
  11. Take your 1″ barrel curling iron (not a wand) and curl any straight stray ends under.
  12. Give it one last veil of hairspray and you’re set!
This one might take a few tries to master. See the original tutorial here.

Images by Kristin Ess.


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