I've always been more of a Serena than a Blair. Although I share Blair's love of headbands and Marie Antoinette, there's not a type-A bone in my body, and I identify with Serena's easygoing attitude and more experimental taste. But in all honesty, my preference for S over B really comes down to a purely superficial reason: her hair.
In every episode of Gossip Girl, Serena rocks that done yet undone beachy wave that I can never get right. It's the perfect, elusive "maybe I had sex this morning" hair that I've been coveting since I first laid eyes on it in episode one. I've been trying to figure out the secret sauce for years but have never hit the mark. I'm trash at using hot tools, so I've largely avoided them and have often just turned to sleeping with damp braids or buns and praying it turns out okay (it's usually about 50-50).
But a few weeks ago I was introduced to the Beachwaver, and my whole world changed. Of course I had heard of the Beachwaver before. Our senior beauty editor, Lindsay, talks about hers so much she's practically a saleswoman for it. But I'd never seen it in action until the wand's creator herself, Sarah Potempa, handed me one on set. Considering it's over $60 off at Nordstrom right now (down from its original $199), I bit the bullet and got one, and I haven't looked back since.
The Beachwaver looks like your standard curling iron except it's motorized, so it essentially does all the work for you. It sounds a little gimmicky, but this is not like the braiding tools of the early 2000s, because it actually works.
With the wand I can do my whole head in about 10 minutes, which is a godsend for someone who's constantly running late. I start by dividing my hair into four to six sections, depending on how polished I want the look to be. Four gives me more of a loose wave, while six creates a classic Victoria's Secret bombshell curl (which Sarah actually created for the runway show in 2016). I generally like a messier look, so I start with fewer, larger sections.
Then I curl each section, holding the iron vertical and clamping my hair about two inches from the bottom for a less "done" look. Next, I simply press the button corresponding to the side of my head I'm curling, and the iron does the rest. Seriously, it's that simple. Because the iron turns for you, it cuts time spent in half, and there's no need to worry about evenly wrapping your hair around the barrel for a good curl.
The wand already gives me a nice loose curl, but I like my hair to look extra lived-in, so I finish it off by adding a little texture spray and finger-brushing it into waves. Et voilà, the sexy waves of my dreams. Just call me SVW.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.
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