1 June 2023

How To: Reese Witherspoon’s Old Hollywood Waves

Hairstylist Lona Vigi used the René Furterer Style collection and L’Oréal Professionnel tools on Reese Witherspoon at the SAG Awards on Sunday, February 27.

Lona Vigi shares her inspiration for Reese Witherspoon look, along with how she achieved it on her, using René Furterer products and L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod Flat Iron & Styler.

My overall inspiration for the look came from conversations with Reese Witherspoon, and the whole glam team. Collaborative and creative – that’s always the most fun way to get people ready! Reese’s look tonight has an old Hollywood feel, but still completely modern, and total movie star hair.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Reese Witherspoon attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Reese Witherspoon came with wet hair, and we always start with a fresh blowout to ensure the style stays intact through the whole night. A major product alert for this, and if you’re aiming for this type of style, would be the René Furterer STYLE Sculpting Mousse, which is perfect when your end result is brushed out and smooth Veronica Lake-inspired waves. Work that in from roots to ends on perfectly towel dried, wet hair! Next, I spritzed the René Furterer STYLE Protect Thermal Protecting Spray from roots to ends, and swept through with my fingers to evenly distribute the product. Heat protection is absolutely everything, and if you don’t have a thermal protectant in your array of haircare products, stop reading this and go order one, now.

Then, I sectioned the hair off with clips and started from the front of the hair by her face, to really lock in the shape. I applied the René Furterer STYLE Holding Gel to the front pieces only, and secured the hair with flat clips to really drive home the dramatic wave shape. Once that area was dry, I went over the face framing pieces with the René Furterer STYLE Finishing Spray to set the style.

I started from the bottom, drying sections with a medium round brush and worked my way upwards. Once her hair was fully dry, we took it down and assessed just how exactly we wanted it to appear. We began with a deeper side part in her hair, and then switched it up for more drama, which ties back to the origins and inspiration of the hairstyle. There are many ways to dress up the hair when wearing it down, which is a great way to add a little more, when you’re not wearing your hair in an up-do.

From there, I went piece by piece with L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod Flat Iron & Styler. I was mesmerized, and very impressed – this product can truly do it all! I started by holding the iron in a vertical position, starting at one side, and working my way to the other, wrapping the hair through the iron, and creating the shape I wanted with wrist movements, then letting it cool. It added a sheen of extra gloss to the hair, and made it look healthier. While this is a heated tool, the steam causes way less damage to the hair which I love, and also allowed for zero frizz. The size of the plates on the iron was also great for a more technical style.

Once the hair had its waves and was down, I brushed the sectioned pieces together, focusing on the shape for a sexy, refined, modern, and Old Hollywood look. I would recommend a comb or boar bristle brush to create texture, and lock in the waves. I then went from roots to ends with the René Furterer STYLE Finishing Spray to lock-in the style, and re-glided a boar bristle brush delicately over the hair to finalize the look.”

Before Reese Witherspoon walked out of the door, I spritzed a toothbrush (yes, a toothbrush!) with the René Furterer STYLE Shine Mist to coat down any baby hairs or flyaways.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Reese Witherspoon attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


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