60 Second Beauty: Big Volume Hair Waves

by | Jun 9, 2022

Here’s a little updated video on how I style my shoulder length hair – regular readers have seen this all before, I’m not sure much has changed.

The Cloud Nine curling wand is still the tool of choice (here*) – it’s just the right diameter for the curls I like to make (they quickly drop into waves) and it doesn’t have a clamp to negotiate with. I don’t get on with the tongs with a clamp at all.

I choose to curl rather than wave because if I just wave the hair, by the end of the first day it’s almost straight ,just with better texture and volume. Curling it gives me at least a day or two of full, sexy waves and then a day or too more of texture. If I use enough dry shampoo and try not to touch my roots I can get four full days out of one torturous curling session!

(It’s not that bad. I just get aching arms from holding the wand in the air, which is testament to how unfit I am. Or maybe not unfit: untoned. My arms have always been weak and flimsy; it was my intention, when I was in my twenties, to really buff them up, GI jane-style, and do pull-ups like Sarah Connor in The Terminator but I think I managed about four pull-ups, once, before I decided that arm strength wasn’t for me.)

After curling the whole lot – it’s important to section off tiny strands because if you try to do chunks that are too big they don’t curl so well – I spray my roots with Living Proof Dry Volume spray (here online*) and then the whole thing with Elnett hairspray (online here*.)

Dry Volume Spray is a hair miracle in a can: spritz roots and massage in and BOOM. Massive volume without any crunch or stickiness. It’s fast becoming my “can’t live without” hair product. Elnett is for holding the waves. Again, no stickiness or crispiness, this just brushes out if you need it to, though I like to just layer it over a number of days until I’m left with a huge, grippy mass of hair on top of my head.

Any questions, let me know in the comments. My hair, by the way, is cut to all one length just at shoulder level in a sort of blunt-ended long bob. No layers.


  1. Looks great Ruth, couldn’t have done it better myself!

  2. Ruth your face putting on those gloves is hilarious!

  3. Ruth, thanks for a great post! This was meant for me. Can I ask what type of hair you have? thin, medium, thick? I have fine hair (but lots of it) and I struggle so much for hair that gets oily only after one day. I have had numerous hairdressers tell me to just not wash my hair as often and it will become less oily. I have tried that even up to 14 days at a time during covid, but it simply does not make a difference. Could you share what your go-to styles are for thin hair as I think I read somewhere once that you mention you have thin hair? Much love <3

  4. You make me want to chop off my hair again, this style just suits you so well. I do the full curls too so I keep waves, curls don’t last more than a few hours, no matterhow much hair spray I use.

  5. I need to try the Living Proof product soon!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk


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