The Must-Have Marcel Wave – Hair Tutorial

The Marcel wave has always been one of Vicki Lord’s favourite hairstyles. This classic, feminine and elegant vintage wave oozes Hollywood glamour. Here, Vicki shares how you can achieve this wonderful wave on your wedding day.
Tools needed: Hair wand or tong, soft bristle brush, sectioning clips, heat protector spray and hair spray.
Hair length required: Medium to long
How to create this look:
  1. Evenly spray blow-dried hair with heat protector spray throughout.
  2. Create a deep side parting best suited to your face shape.
  3. Starting from the nape of your neck, work in horseshoe sections around the head, take large sections of hair and wrap hair around wand/curling tong keeping the wand vertical as you go. Start by curling hair in one direction then curl hair in the opposite direction at the next horseshoe section. This will help create an ‘S’ shaped wave.
TOP TIP: Make sure you pin the curls in place with sectioning clips and allow it to cool, this will create a stronger and lasting curl.
  1. Once you have curled all of your hair, remove pins then gently brush hair through to create a soft wave.
  2. Keep brushing through the hair to sculpt the wave. Once you have created your desired wave, apply sectioning clips in the deepest part of the wave closest to your scalp. This helps create a nice deep Marcel wave.
  3. Spray with hairspray to secure wave, leave clips in as long as you can to set the look.
  4. Remove clips to reveal your stunning Marcel wave!
TOP TIP: Be patient! Give yourself enough time for Step 3, and only take the clips out at Step 7 when you are ready to head to your ceremony.
Try adorning your stunning vintage hairstyle with a bejewelled headdress to add that bridal sparkle!


Image 1 – Hair by Vicki Lord, Photography by Kerry Ann Duffy
Image 2 – Hair by Vicki Lord, Make Up by Lucy Jayne Make Up, Photography by Immi Photography and Dress by The Crystal Fairy Company

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