Sean James Decuers, who has a coveted chair at New York's Pierre Michel Salon, has been a stylist for more than 20 years. But, we're guessing there's one question he gets asked the most: I'm no Gisele, but can you help me get those Victoria's Secret waves? We definitely asked that, when Sean—who's worked behind the scenes at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show three times— stopped by Bravo HQ to, um, make waves.
Sean broke down just how to create the beachy, fit-for-an angel 'do. And, it turns out that size—as in, size of hair sections—is key here. "The smaller the section the more curl," he said. "The bigger the section, the more body."
The sexy-hair guru also gave us some details on the making of the iconic style. "Orlando [Pita] doesn't really like spiral waves. He's the lead hairdresser," Sean told The Lookbook. "When I worked with him in 2011, 2012, and 2013, he wanted anything but the spiral wave. The spiral waves don't give much body." So, the signature VS waves have a loose, tousled appeal. Think of the most glamorous bedhead you've ever seen.
Since there's a ton of wind in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the stylists are careful not to use too much product. "When you set the hair, you want to set a little structure," Sean said. "But don't overdo it with product so it won't move. Because the whole idea is that when the models walk, their hair bounces and moves with the fans." (Or with the beat of The Weekend's jams.)
So, what's the atmosphere really like backstage? As rosy as you might expect, in an all-pink dressing room. "It's very upbeat; the models are all in a really good mood," Sean said. "The backstage is almost the main event. People like to see the models laughing and talking and getting ready. It's almost like a bride getting ready, with all the anticipation." That said, the jaunty event is not a total cakewalk: The models and crew put in a 13-hour day.
Ready to get the look at home, in way less time than that? Grab your irons and curl clips, and check out the video above. May the Gisele be with you.
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