Lustrous, bouncy, low-effort waves in the height of summer can now be yours thanks to supermodel hairstylist David von Cannon.
It’s 100 degrees, 90-percent humidity, and there’s a photo crew of 20 waiting for you to turn a supermodel’s beach-frayed tangles into bombshell waves for an Elle cover. Oh, and you’ve got about 17 minutes until daylight disappears. No pressure. If you’re editorial hairstylist David von Cannon—hair whisperer to Gisele, Carolyn Murphy, and Ashley Graham—this is all in a day’s work. Naturally, we asked him to coach us through every detail of his all-weather waves technique. Here it is, in six simple steps.
Prep clean, dry hair with Leonor Greyl Mousse. Apply about a golf ball size dose at a time, running it through from root to tip. The product will help hold the curl and add a base for heat protection. More is more here, says von Cannon: Use extra product for additional hold or if you have thick hair.
Wrap 1/2” to 1” sections of hair in T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers, curling all the way to the root and clamping in place. They’re key for achieving unapologetically voluptuous waves that last. If you’re going for a ’30s or ’70s vibe, roll them up all in the same direction, away from the face. Let the rollers cool completely to set.