How to Create Sleek, Hollywood Side Swept Waves

Side Swept Waves

One look that has graced the red carpets again and again is the sleek, beautiful side swept waves. Side swept waves impart an Old Hollywood vibe to modern day events. Although it may seem otherwise, you can get this look without having your very own beauty team. Just get a round brush, blow dryer, some pins, curling iron and hairspray, and you are good to go.

Beachy waves is the go-to hairstyle in the summers, but come autumn, it can make your hair look dry and damaged. Sleek, side swept waves can make your mane look rulier. If you need some help to create this simple yet convenient look, here are some tips and an easy-to-follow guide to help you. You will be ready for your red carpet close-up in no time.

Guide for Creating Sleek, Hollywood Side Swept Waves

If you are starting with freshly washed hair, use a round brush with a blow dryer to dry your hair. This will provide some movement to your hair and the tension of the round brush will smoothen and straighten your locks. It’s much better if you start with one or two-day old hair, as it can hold the hairstyle much better without a lot of products. Just washed hair will not hold the shape of the waves as well.

Now, it’s time to create a deep parting in your hair. Go for the side which has less hair or the side you usually use. Don’t go too deep with your part. Too far on one side can create a flat look on the top of your head. Create your side part in line with your eyebrow arch, which will result in a flattering part for most face shapes.

After creating your side part, mist on a heat protection spray, grab a 1-inch curling iron, hold it horizontally against your head and start curling your hair by wrapping a section of hair around it and holding it for a few seconds. After curling a section, use pins to create a pin curl to set the look.

Continue curling your entire head of hair in the same direction and manner in order to create enviable Hollywood side swept waves. Your pin curls should be curling down and the hair on top of your head should be curling away from your face.

Once your hair has cooled and set, take out the pins and brush your curls in a downward motion. Before brushing, spray the brush with a hairspray to soften the curls, while still giving it hold. Keep in mind that the more your brush, the more your curls will fall. If you want really loose waves, firmly brush through your hair. However, if you want more curls, use the brush delicately or you can even forgo the brush completely and use your fingers to slightly open your curls.

For that sleek look, take a paddle brush and firmly brush hair from the crown up and away from your part. Avoid brushing the waves beneath your ears if you have already brushed them and given them the desired shape. Bring these waves gently around your nape of the neck and over to the other side. This will smoothen your hair and make it look sleek and polished. Now, use your hands to mold your curls into place as you position them on the other side and play with them until they mix well into each other.

Secure your hair in place using crisscrossed bobby pins on the back of your head. If you feel your finished style isn’t as secure as you would like, you can try creating a tiny braid at the back to hold everything in place.

If you want a little more freedom with your hair, don’t pin it. Just keep it tucked behind your ear and swept over to the other side. If you want a little change further in the day/night, you could just bring your side swept waves back to its original place.

If you are self-conscious about your ears or neck sticking out on the side with no hair, you can try leaving a little volume on that side. To do so, just tease the hair before smoothing it over with a bristle brush. Also, remember not to pull your hair back too tightly.

For a polished finish, apply hairspray or shine serum. When creating this hairstyle, don’t use too many products. Too much hairspray can make your waves look stiff, while too much serum can make your hair look greasy and weigh it down.

Finally, don’t forget to accessorize. A great pair of earrings or hair accessory can draw attention to your side swept waves and make it look even more stunning.

So with August officially ending, welcome fall with these Hollywood-esque side swept waves. Here is some inspiration to get you excited.


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