Celebrity stylist Philip Pelusi shares his step-by-step guide to achieving retro-inspired curls, like Gwen's:
Start with clean, dry hair. Hair should have a low side part (either side is fine), and be smooth and dry. So air-dry only if the hair is a smooth texture. If the hair is wavy, then blow-dry smooth. Use P2 by Philip Pelusi RepairHair to smooth, strengthen and shine hair to protect it from heat and prepare it for further styling.
Next, a hot-roller set. Work 1 section at a time. Take sections the same width and length of each hot roller. Mist on P2 by Philip Pelusi RefresHair. Look for one that is resin-free, dries crystal-clear and is water-soluble. Lightly mist the entire strand, concentrating on the ends for extra protection and smoothing of sometimes rougher ends, then roll hot roller and then clip at the roots to hold. Once entire head is rolled, then lightly mist the entire head and in between each roller at the root for extra lift once the rollers are removed.
Allow the roller set to stay in until completely cooled. Do not take the rollers out any sooner, or the curls pattern will be weak and will not hold up during the final styling stage to create this look. Take down rollers. Next, with a soft boar-bristle paddle brush, gently brush through the curls and finger-style as you move along. Do not overbrush. Gently brush through the curls once or twice until the entire head looks wavy and large curls at the bottom of the hair. Choose a brush — like Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Natural Brush — that has a combination of both natural boar bristles and soft resin bristles with a soft domed oval base. This type of brush creates shine while smoothing the hair. Lightly re-mist with same setting spray to help control curls if needed.
Once hair is groomed into place, do a final mist of shine spray. Choose a product that has sunscreens to protect hair and hair color, is water-soluble and creates a brilliant shine, like P2 by Philip Pelusi BrilliantHair.