under cover: emily vancamp
the secret to the tv star's perfect beachy waves in the september issue.
So tracking down her hair stylist from our shoot was a no-brainer. As Laini Reeves tells it, "Emily always looks so well done, so we thought, She's in NYLON, and NYLON has a more of an un-done feel to it--but stylish! So that's what we did for her."
The rest of the process was easy; according to Reeves, "It's totally low-key." Here's how she did it:
1. Pack In Some Texture
"What I do is I try to get some texture in the hair itself--hand dry and scrunch the hair to get that texture in, as it goes from wet to dry."
2. Hold It
"Add mousse on wet hair. The best products I find to do that is Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse ($23.20), and the reason is because it does have a little bit of oil so the hair has a nice texture to it."
3. Scrunch It
"Put the dryer on full, and scrunch your hair with your hands so that you get a nice, messy texture."
4. Give It Some (Random) Curl
"Once it's dry, take a curling wand--the ones without a bar on them are so easy to use. The one I have is about two-inches at the base and one-inch at the tip, so you get a different curl as you're doing it. I don't use the whole head, I just pick out different hairs to pull out." (Try the Conair You Curl curling wand.)
5. Finish With Shine
"To finish, I use a really cool product called Nohona. It's coconut oil for the hair and it's beautiful! I just put a little bit of that on my hands, rub them together, ad scrunch it into the ends of the hair, and that makes it nice and piece-y--and also has a really nice texture to it. Shake it out and you have that nice, loopy, different sized curls."
Don't Be Afraid of Mousse: "In the '80s, people were just using mousses back then that weren't as advanced as the products now."
It Works With (Almost) Any Hair: "I would do it on any type of length, it's something I do with a lot of my clients. If your hair is curly, I'd go the opposite way--use a flat iron to straighten pieces of hair out a little bit."
Want To Take It To The Next Level? Get Wet: "I'm pushing that look and I'm putting more coconut oil into it to get more of a wet look. I'm bringing the wet look back!"