Monday, March 9th, 2009


Marco Santini pictured on the right (in blue)

Marco Santini is the co-founder of Ion Studio, and he has been in the beauty industry since 1986 (that’s the year I was born!). Ion Studio recently opened up in 2008, and it is Manhattan’s first green salon–it used recycled and eco-friendly building materials and it is powered by wind.

“There is magic behind a good haircut,” says Marco of the switch. “Very few things can make a person feel as beautiful and confident, and I have yet to find something more rewarding than styling.”

Marco shared these awesome how-tos on getting the best curls at home for Temptalia readers:

Hair How-to: Waves

To create Botticelli waves, prep damp hair with a product like Davines Defining Texturizer to help hold the curl. Dry hair completely. Facing the mirror, hold a one inch medium-sized curling iron with the tip of the iron facing down. Take large sections and twist hair around the iron, rolling the sections of hair perfectly down to the end. Hold each section around the iron for 20 seconds. After each section, use a mild hairspray like Davines Defining Invisible Hairspray. When all of the sections are complete, use a soft brush to brush out the curls. This will soften curls, achieving a more natural wave.

Hair How-to: Spiral Curls

To create spiral curls, make sure to have hair pins close by. Separate hair in large sections from the hairline at the neck to the middle of the ear and from temple to temple. Hold the curling iron with the tip facing upwards towards your head, take a small piece of hair from one of the sections. Use the blade of the iron to hold the hair in place while you wrap each section around the iron. Let the hair set on the iron for 20 seconds. When it is done, keep the curl intact by pinning the section close to the scalp. Repeat this technique until all sections are complete. When you’re finished with all of the sections, remove the pins. Run your fingers through the tights spirals to loosen them up. Flip your head upside down while shaking the curls. This will add volume to the top and defined spiral curls throughout the head.

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6 thoughts on “How to Get Perfectly Wavy Hair and At-Home Spiral Curls by Marco Santini

  1. Alannah

    O/T but wow, you were born in ’86?! CRAZY! I feel OLD.

  2. Oh yay – I just got a haircut and I’m still in the process of learning how to use a curling iron, lol. I have a 1.25″, and it sounds like I’m going about it ok. I just have to work on my hand-eye coordination, lol. Wish me luck!

  3. Awesome! This is so helpful! Thanks for the post. With this recession I’m definitely all about DIY ‘dos!

    I’ve found other helpful products and videos at Salon Hive too–

    http://www.salonhive.com/kamisori-black-diamond-hair-scissors.html

    http://www.salonhive.com/videos/search/?search_id=hair+scissors&search_type=search_videos&submit=+