Beachy Waves Are Back — But Not The Kind You Think

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You know you're a '90s kid if you can still recite all of the lyrics to "Under the Sea" like it's 1989. And if you've done so, then do not pretend you didn't drape a red T-shirt around your head as an impromptu Ariel wig at some point in time. Even though we'll never turn down a Little Mermaid binge sesh, we've got some new real-life mermaids to look to for hair inspiration these days.
Recently, we've seen tons of celebs all rocking long, glossy "mermaid" waves that somehow merge casual beach vibes with the spirit of the seventies. "2018 will be the year of texture," celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan tells us. "Expect to see a lot more fun looks with waves, curls, and natural hair this year!" And Hollywood's already gotten a head start. See how the Kardashians, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, and more are riding this wave.
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"We are saying so long to the year in a glam way!" Khloé Kardashian captioned this pic of her New Year's Eve hair, styled by Marjan. To achieve this look, Marjan applied Tresemmé Beauty Full Mousse and Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist With Rosewater to her longtime client's damp hair to enhance the texture.
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For definition like J.Lo's, Marjan uses a 1-inch GHD curling iron to create ringlets in alternate directions. She sprays R & Co.'s Viscous Hairspray as a finishing touch, then uses a flat iron to relax the curl a bit.
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However, the true key to undoing your waves artfully (as modeled on Demi Lovato) is lightly back brushing each section, per Marjan's instruction.
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For a wet look like Kourtney Kardashian's, scrunch in a sea salt spray (pick one that's right for your texture here)...
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... Or just get your hair wet at the beach, like Duckie Thot did.
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Chris Appleton, who styles Kim Kardashian, credits Color Wow Style On Steroids as his "secret weapon" when he gives clients undone waves.
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Laverne Cox usually opts for blonde curls, but for a recent photoshoot with We The Urban, she gave a "a different visual vibe" with wet, bronde waves.
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You don't always have to use lots of heat to set your spirals. If you've already been blessed with curls (or have wavy extensions, like Nicki Minaj), spritz a liberal amount of shine spray and let your texture flourish.
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