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How to get wavy summer curls

Gina Gesamondo, owner of the Blo Blow Dry Bar in the South End.


Gina Gesamondo, owner of the Blo Blow Dry Bar in the South End.

Blo Blow Dry Bar’s first Boston location promises to deliver va-va-voom volume for its well-coiffed clientele. Since the “bar” offers blow-out styles (no cuts here), we stopped by to meet with style director Jacqueline Romero to watch her create a polished take on a summer staple: beachy waves that will look great at the office and dockside.

To achieve the look, Romero says it’s best to start with hair that was washed the day before. But if your hair is squeaky clean, run some dry shampoo through the roots for extra volume and texture that will help the style stick.

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Step One: Section off the bottom layer of hair at the nape of the neck. Twist and pin up the remaining hair with a clip.

Step Two: Using a 1-inch curling iron set at maximum heat, wrap, clockwise, a finger-length section of hair around the barrel, holding the tips of the strands of each section as you curl to avoid clamp creases. Repeat the process on the next section, alternating the curl by wrapping the section counterclockwise and continuing the process for the remaining layer of hair, alternating directions for each section.

Step Three: After a full layer of hair has been curled, lightly spray with your favorite maximum-hold hairspray and allow to dry before letting down the next layer from the clip. Continue the curling process, layer by layer, repinning the uncurled tresses as you go.

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Step Four: Continue curling, layer by layer, until you get to the face-framing strands of hair. Part your hair and curl the front sections on each side of the part away from the face.

Step Five: Spray hair with a gel-based or flexible hairspray (Romero used AeroGel styling spray, available at Blo and to set and once dry, begin to break up the curls with your hands, starting from the bottom up. Lightly spray your palms with a shine spray and run your hands through your tresses, distributing the product evenly from roots to tips while gently breaking up the curls.

Step Six: Twirl random sections of hair together into larger loose curls. Fluff, muss, and make it a little bit messy. It’s summer, after all.

Blo South End, 437 Columbus Ave.,
617-262-0105, and click link to Blo South End.

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