The ONE Tool You Need For Perfect Waves — & How To Use It

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For ages, two hot tools reigned supreme in the hairstyling world: the flat iron and the curling iron. If you wanted straight, silky styles, you reached for the former. Amped-up curls? The latter. But lately, we've been seeing hairstyles that are a little tougher to pull off with either of these tools — and lord knows we've tried. We're talking about the effortless beach waves and bedhead bends that have become the Instagram 'dos du jour.

But there's one gadget that can get you there — and it's likely the one you looked at in Ricky's and thought, How the hell...? And you're right, the double-barrel Nalu Waver from R Session Pro Tools looks intimidating at first — there are, after all, not one but two piping-hot irons to navigate your fingers around. But once you get the hang of it, you can achieve all manner of curls and waves without burning the shit out of your hands.

Ahead, hairstylist and Nalu Waver creator Frank Rizzieri walks us through three styles that are easy to pull off with the twin rods. You can either purchase the Nalu Waver in-salon, or opt for any of the other fantastic options on the market. Plugged-in and ready? Let's get started.
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Sure, it looks like a tuning fork or a sex toy, but it's not a gimmick. The double barrels, the length and width of the rods, the space between them...all part of Rizzieri's master plan."This gives you so much more versatility in the type of styles you can create," he says. The Nalu also has a ceramic heat system that reaches up to 450 degrees — but stick to the lower temps if your hair is fine.
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Alexa Chung Bends
Rizzieri's first look can be found on many a Pinterest board: Alexa Chung's enviable, woke-up-like-this texture. "This type of style is perfect for the double-barrel iron because it allows you to wrap the hair horizontally, creating that bend," Rizzieri says.

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To start, towel-dry your hair and add a spritz of a texturizer, like Aveda Thickening Tonic, from roots to tips. "I like to work with hair that's about 60% dry, which is why I like to towel-dry it first," Rizzieri says. Next, blow your hair straight with a flat, boar-bristle brush — not a round brush. "You want the ends of your hair to be straight for this style," Rizzieri says.
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Working with one-inch sections, weave the hair over the first barrel, through the center, under the second barrel, and back over the first again. (You should make a horizontal figure-8.) Only curl the mid-shaft of the hair — you're looking for a bend, not a ringlet.
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Here's a close-up so you can get the full idea. And one more thing: "Make sure to leave your ends loose so that they remain straight," Rizzieri says.
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Repeat the process all around the head, leaving the ends loose and keeping the iron to the mid-shaft. "You can vary your section size so it looks more natural," he says.
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The result: perfectly imperfect bedhead.
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Lauren Conrad Waves
Has there ever been a hairstyle more beloved than Lauren Conrad's Cali-girl waves on The Hills and Laguna Beach? The L.A. look is relaxed, but tends to be as tricky to pull off as no-makeup makeup. That is, unless you have a double-barrel iron.

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The technique is similar to the one for the Alexa Chung bend. The difference? Start the curl higher toward the roots and wrap it around the barrel in a figure-8 shape an extra time.
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"You still want to leave a little piece of hair loose at the end, but it shouldn't be as large as the last look," Rizzieri says. And while you vary the section sizes for Alexa's style, L.C.'s look requires you to stick to sections that are all one-inch. "It's a bit more uniform," Rizzieri says.
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Repeat around the entire head. Once you're done, Rizzieri suggests spritzing your hair with some light-hold hairspray. "It's a little more polished, so it requires a bit more hold," he says.
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Shake them out with your fingers, and voilà! Perfect Cali-girl waves worthy of their own spin-off.
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Gisele Bündchen Curls
Bündchen was one of many who helped put bombshell curls on the map. This sexed-up style isn't just glamorous, it's also insanely easy to achieve with a double-barrel iron.

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Okay, get ready for a completely different technique. (But it's easy, promise!) Instead of weaving around both barrels, take a half-inch section of hair and wrap it over the first barrel, through the center, and around the second barrel multiple times.

If you're wondering why you couldn't just do this with a single rod, the initial loop adds volume that you wouldn't get with a traditional iron, Rizzieri notes.
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Another close-up, so you can check your form.
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Continue around the head, making sure to wrap the hair tightly and grab small sections for the springiest curls.
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Finish with some volumizing spray, and you've got va-va-voom curls.
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