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“Sports Illustrated” Model Emily DiDonato Makes Barrel Curls Cool Again


Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Yepez

Beachy waves are as essential to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue as bikinis, but when sleet is in the forecast during a promotional tour—as it was today for model Emily DiDonato in New York City—the situation doesn’t exactly call for sun- and salt-kissed strands. “I felt we should do a different take on that beachy hair look and make it more polished,” explained hairstylist Jennifer Yepez, the pro behind the catwalker’s barrel curls. There’s a time and place for windblown hair (as DiDonato demonstrated on Instagram during a bout of warm weather this past October), but for the moment, firing up a curling iron seems like a smart and stylish way to keep warm. Here, how to get the look straight from the source:

1. Apply Kérastase Spray Volumifique on damp hair from roots to ends. Follow with a liberal misting of the brand’s Spray À Porter (a wave maker), then blow hair dry using a big, round brush.

2. Once strands are dry, make a deep side part.

3. Using a one-inch curling iron, wrap sections around the barrel beginning at the root, leaving the ends out.

4. After the curls set and cool, use a wide-tooth comb and gently comb out the waves.

5. For added texture, spray Kérastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder (a dry shampoo) and use a small amount of Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt serum to tame split ends.

6. Finish by pinning your length to one side with large bobbies that match your hair color. Use a sewing motion so that the pins blend seamlessly with your strands.

7. Finish with Kérastase Laque Couture hairspray to smooth flyaways and keep curls intact.

—Amber Kallor,

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