Weekend Hair Inspiration: How to DIY Dita Von Teese's Retro Waves


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Nobody's cornered the market on retro style quite like Dita von Teese. Seriously, even while running errands—on the weekend!—the burlesque beauty goes into full hair and makeup mode. Us? Let's be real, our hair's lucky enough to get the once-over with a brush. Basically: we bow down to Dita's dedication.

Truth is though, her signature hairstyle's not all that hard to pull off. Just ask her hairstylist John Blaine, creative director for Obliphica Professional, who gave us the scoop behind Dita's retro waves at the North American Hairstyling Awards this week. While we can't promise we'll be getting gussied up just to pick up our drycleaning, you can bet we'll be doing Dita hair next time we're out on the town.

Read on for his expert advice, below.



1. After washing your hair with a moisturizing, UV-protecting shampoo, mix two drops of Obliphica Professional's Treatment Serum ($32 at Amazon.com) with your favorite styling cream and evenly distribute through damp locks. Not only will it soften your hair, it'll amplify the shine.

2. Use a round, boar-bristle brush to blow dry two-inch sections at a time. Curl the brush under your strands to create a voluminous bounce and inward curl at the ends. OR, if you want to be real authentic about it, use 1-inch hot rollers all over your head. Just make sure to pin them at the temple to keep all the volume down below—up top, hair should look sleek.

3. Whether using a brush or rollers at the back, make sure to strategically lower the starting point of the curl. This will create that gorgeous diagonal wave Dita's locks are known for. Spritz with a light layer of medium-hold hairspray while sections are still warm—either via blowdryer or while you're removing rollers.

4. Add another-dime sized amount of Treatment Serum to locks before brushing out the curls, once again, just to really amp up the gloss factor.

5. Grab your paddle brush. (Blaine recommends a Mason Pearson!) It's time to gently brush through the curls to make them appear softer and more satin-like. Then, last but not least, use a bobby pin to pull back a small section at the front. Ta-da! That easy.

Now please excuse us while we hunt for new red lipsticks to go with...

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